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Hate. Pottery. Barn.
is Pottery Barn's dollhouse any worse than other dollhouses out there? Do other stores' dollhouses give little girls the chance to run a printing press or file subpoenas or write novels?
What's so wrong about a dollhouse? At least the children playing with this are using their imaginations and not becoming robots in front of a TV/Wii.
As the mother of a 2-year-old girl, I cringe at all doll-related activities. For every girly purchase, I follow it up with a dump truck, tool belt, drum set, building blocks, etc. Basically, I don't want her to just play house and not develop the critical thinking skills associated with boys' toys, there's a difference. With that said, I still buy the girly stuff but seriously, from a decorating standpoint it can't be any worse than those drab, old lady, Victorian doll houses we all had. I always made my doll houses my own...graffiti walls, carpets as wall hangings, homemade disco balls from the bedroom ceiling, tin-foiled walls, re-purposed furniture, and an experimental paint scheme. If the kid wants a dollhouse, I wouldn't mind the PB so much...it has good bones.
At some point, don't you just have to let the kid play the way he or she wants to play? I mean, with fake guns, fake ovens, all that stuff we enlightened adults are dismayed by? I mean, the kids are getting instructions all day long from so many sources, it seems they deserve a few hours to do whatever they want with dolls: stage knife fights, have tea parties, whatever, without adult micromanagement.
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