I noticed my six year old daughter was sucking in her stomach during gymnastics class the other night. She was standing up as straight as she could, standing on her toes, and sucking in to get her ribs to show. After class I asked her about it. It seems she was trying to look like her Barbie doll.
Yikes. You can image the discussion that followed.
I would totally chuck the Barbie if she didn’t love it so much. You see, it rides a Barbie HORSE which jumps and wins plastic trophies. She does have an Only Hearts Club doll and horse which is much more normal looking, BUT – you can’t feed it tiny plastic food items to retrieve later out of a secret compartment. Shucks.
So, we are stuck with Barbie for now. I do think H6 understands that no on in the world looks like or should look like a Barbie doll. I tell her she is beautiful and healthy and strong at least 20 times a day, and so does Ben which is probably even more important. I don’t think she’ll be trying to distort her body next class, but how can I know for sure her heart hasn’t been distorted by this in some way?
Yet another reminder to pray for my precious daughters.