I am part of The Barbie Project, which is a compensated collaboration with Mattel. All thoughts are my own.
When I started the Barbie Project, the journey was going to be in watching how Sofia played. As a mom of a very independent little girl, play time is not something I actively participated in. I’m the stricter parent, you see. I’m the one that enforces bed time, healthy meals, and clean rooms. I’m the homework helper, the signer of school things, I’m the one that makes sure all the boring, necessary stuff happens. I was never the play time mom, and that was OK. Some of us are and some of us aren’t, and my kiddo was OK with it. So much so, that when I asked her to play with her the first time, she was confused and not sure about it.
The past few months, we’ve had a birthday and she entered a new grade and in playing with her, sometimes even just being an active spectator, I see some traits in her that I never saw before. I knew she was creative, just how creative and imaginative, has blown my mind.
Then there’s a bit of an eye opener, despite the fact that my play time with her was limited, she mimics me….a lot. She mimics how I talk to her, how I talk to my friends, people I work with and even little habits of mine that I don’t even pay attention to. She mimics them by having Barbie recreate it. Barbie works, Barbie does homework with her “kids” and Barbie kisses boo boos before she has to go on a business trip. At the age of 7, my girl not just uses Barbie to go anywhere, but she uses her as a reflection of things she learns every day…namely from the one woman she sees almost every day, me.
To me, this was very heartwarming and made me realize that her ultimate influence on everything- how she acts, talks, reacts- is from me. Barbie is her portal to everything she can be and more, but us at home, are her roots. The blend of the two together are a very powerful combination and I cannot wait to continue this journey with her.