I have spoken before about how having twin girls conjures up so many stereotypes. People always telling me how much I must love brushing hair, painting nails, pretending to put make up on all with a huge pink backdrop with ribbons, kittens and pretty things. In reality, life with twin girls is not like that. They are who they are. One day we will be playing pirates in the mud, the next pushing baby dolls around in their pram. We shop in both the “girls” clothes section but can also be found happily buying blue dinosaur tops and boys briefs. For us, clothes, toys and colours are irrespective. The girls and Charlie go with what they like and that is that.
When the lovely folk at Mattel asked us to join in the #DadswhoplayBarbie campaign I was thrilled to see such a positive product and ideology. I find it hard to believe that in 2017, people are still shocked when I go away and my husband is left ion charge. He is as much their parent as I am and it’s rather insulting to presume he wouldn’t be able to cope with his own children. Since day dot, he has been fully involved in all aspects and he is happy to play dolls as he is to have a kick around with a football in the garden.
I remember my Barbie’s back in the 1980’s and I spent hours having fun with them. My sister on the other hand was not as motherly as I was and used to snip all their hair off. I am really lucky that my husband is just like my Dad as he always played with us and now my husband does the same. I remember my Dad sitting having tea parties with my and my Barbie’s and d0lls as a kid and never once did he ever groan and grumble; he absolutely embraced the fact he had two daughters and I was encouraged in everything I chose to do. I was quite sporty as a kid and pretty much played everything going and my Dad bless him would transport half the team in our seven seater to various venues on a Sunday morning and standing on the side-lines in the freezing cold as I played football.
This is something I absolutely want to instil in my three that they really can follow their dreams and we will be right behind them. They don’t need to conform to what society thinks is right – they should be happy and not afraid to fail; it’s better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all!
They are “realistically” proportioned, not the old tiny waist and huge boobs. Barbie is kicking ass and proving to my kids that they can be whatever they want. Back in 2000, I was a national girls football champion so seeing a football player Barbie made me want to do a mini fist pump. We experienced such sexism when we won this trophy and were infamously snubbed at for a stuffy Council countywide award purely on the basis that girls really shouldn’t be playing football, despite winning quadruple the amount of titles that a male cricket team did.
We absolutely loved our Barbie goodies to celebrate #DadsWhoPlayBarbie. I just love the new range of 2017 Barbie’s which feature empowering new careers (we had a Scientist and athlete doll footballer) along with two Fashionistas diverse new body shape Fashionistas which shows children that all shapes and sizes are normal and to be celebrated. I love seeing how far Barbie has come and am so impressed with this diverse fun empowering range and know it will appeal both parents and children alike. Barbie have created this video about the #DadsWhoPlayBarbie campaign.
The video shows six real dads and daughters playing Barbie, and how time spent in her imaginary world is an investment in her real world. The campaign is supported by global research finding that strong male advocates empower girls, and that two thirds of UK Dads believe that joining in their daughter’s playtime helps build their self-confidence. My girls are so lucky to have a Dad who will play Barbie any time, any place, any where!
Disclaimer – we were sent the Barbie’s photographed for the purpose of this post. All words, opinions and images (except the video) are my own