Dear Barbie, Your Days are Numbered

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I know you are a Mega- Super Star and all Barbie, but at my house you are losing your status big time. 

Barbie dolls

 You have been an elite member of our home for over 12 years, reigning supreme over playrooms, play dates and wish lists for so long that it surprised me when you did not make the all-important Christmas wish list for my youngest daughter this year.

She always and I mean always asks for either the collectible Barbie or a new Barbie set and accessories.  Again, you were strangely absent from the same said daughter’s birthday wish list a month later.  

The love affair of all things Barbie started early with both daughters:

Barbie car
Santa brought Melissa her own Barbie car so she wouldn't have to "borrow" her sisters.

Collectible Barbie

Both girls wanted this collectible Barbie but only one got it, which may explain the next picture.

Kelly doll collection
Clearly a 30+ piece Kelly Collection is not what she wanted.

As your popularity started to wane yearly, the collection was downsized and moved to a corner of each daughter’s room. 
Then just the youngest daughters room, until now Barbie; you have been downsized until you live in two bins in the back on my ten year old's closet. 
The cars are parked on the opposite side of the closet with purses and backpacks on top. Clearly not ready to roll at a moment’s notice like in your hay-day.

This realization caused a moment of reflection for me as I tried to remember at what age my oldest daughter gave all her Barbie’s to my youngest.
 It’s a hazy memory, not one that is seared in my mind like the first lost tooth or first day of kindergarten, but I do think she was around ten.

Yep, your days are truly numbered Barbie. 

When I asked Melissa about it, she said she still liked Barbie’s okay and might play with them more if she still had the big Barbie house (which she said was okay for me to get rid of last summer) and if Barbie would just stick to the classic look and not launch a new doll for every new book and movie character that comes out.  Hmm… stick to the classics - Smart girl.

I’m turning pages quickly in the books of life with my daughters, reaching milestones in their teen and tween worlds. Some make me happy, some are bittersweet. This Barbie thing is the latter.  I can’t count the hours I’ve spent playing Barbie’s with my girls.

So yes, I’m putting you on notice Barbie, you seem to have shelf life of about 10 years and then you are relegated to a corner in the closet and then… who knows?

But before I let go completely, I am going to ask my daughters to play Barbie’s this weekend. I bet I get at least one taker.

Is there a special toy languishing in the bottom of a toy box or closet at your house too? What is it? 

Do you think you should invite your kids for one more play date with that toy? 

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  1. I remember when my sister and I were younger and all we did was play with our barbies. I do believe we were around 10 when our Barbie faze ended and, 13 years later, Barbie and all her accessories are STILL in the basement somewhere collecting dust.

    Poor Barbie. At least the good thing is she IS a classic and generations of girls will be able to play with her for years to come until they ultimately pass them on to their kids!

  2. Same thing happened to me. I used to love Barbie and wanted to collect every set. My sister got older and gave me all of the Barbie stuff. Since I didn't have anyone to play with anymore, my Barbie phase soon passed. I've kept the stuff stored somewhere hoping that me or my sister will have a daughter who will want to play with them.

  3. I had lots of Barbies when I was younger. My first was the Crystal Barbie...because my name is Crystal.

  4. Oh the bittersweet feelings of seeing your kids grow up. My oldest son is 19 and he loved KNex when he was young. I bought him a set for Christmas this year and wasn't sure he would even open them. He sat down at the table that afternoon with his dad and put things together like old times.

  5. Hi Kayla,

    Thanks for sharing your Barbie story. I think once my youngest is done with Barbies for good, I will box them up and put them in the attic for future generations.

    Have a great day!

  6. Hi Marissa,

    I think having your older sibling get to big to play with you and your toys is the downfall of a lot of toys, not just Barbies.
    Glad you saved your Barbies for the next generation of girls to play with.

    Have a great day!

  7. Hi Finamoon,

    I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that your name is Crystal. I can imagine any girl would want the Barbie that had her name.
    Stopped by your site to see if I was right about your name, but guess what? I came away knowing lots of names from your hubby to your mini-pony... but not yours.

    Have a great day!

  8. Hi Jackie,

    It really is bittersweet isn't it? I'm so glad your son played with the Knex you got him. I bet your hubby enjoyed the afternoon too. Hope you took pictures of that sweet memory.

    Have a great day!

  9. I am lucky, my oldest is 16 and my youngest is 3. My oldest plays with my youngest with basically the same toys he had so it is a walk down memory lane. However I do not know what I will do about that with the 3yo.

  10. Happens to all children. They grow out of toys and clothes left and right. But, we all cherish our memories of playing with our Barbie dolls. Hugs. xxx

  11. My daughters are past the barbie phase and have moved to the makeup phase....oh I wish I had the barbie phase back


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