When my then 10 year old asked for another American Girl doll for Christmas – I admit I almost didn’t get it for her. I wondered if she wanted an ‘i’ device, some new clothes, a trip to the mall, or maybe an email account. She’d been playing with dolls since she was a ‘baby’ – but at 10, would this doll collect dust? Was it a waste of money?
But then I decided that if my 10 year old was asking for a doll still, well the last thing I should be doing is questioning her desires. Instead, I wondered how could I bottle up this simple childhood request and make it last for as long as humanly possible.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful is everyone played with dolls just a little bit longer? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone had a way to use their imagination just a little bit longer? Wouldn’t it be nice to just be a kid for a little bit longer?
Fast forward two years. My now 12 year old asked for an American Girl sleepover for her birthday. Just a few friends who bring their dolls and hang-out. What I love about this age is that in one moment she will be begging me for an instagram or YouTube account and the next I find her in her room setting up a whole camping outing for her American Girl Dolls.
Tweens are magical in every way.
But where my five year old daughter still plays “baby” with dolls and spends more time feeding her and putting her to bed, my older girls now make movies with their dolls – complete with stop action antics of camping, hiking, sports, and shopping for new handbags. They are still playing with dolls – but playing with them in incredible and more technical and imaginative ways.
And I can only hope that these amazing girls will play for dolls for years to come.
I headed down to the family room to see if Eloise and her guests needed anything more for the movie. And I found them all there – on the floor in matching pajamas, with their American Girl Dolls behind them – also in pajamas with their own popcorn and drinks. And the next morning I heard them in Eloise’s room making movies and watching videos about cool things to make for their dolls.
And I know that the first American Girl Doll I bought for my girls seven years ago was in investment in her childhood. And it won’t be my last.
Let them play with dolls forever if they so desire.
This year American Girl launched their BeForever collection. BeForever, American Girl’s line of historical dolls, books, and related accessories that connects girls ages 8 and up with inspiring characters and timeless stories from America’s past. First introduced in 1986 but now with a fresh new look, BeForever gives girls today the opportunity to explore the past, find their place in the present, and think about the possibilities the future can bring.
To celebrate the launch of BeForever, American Girl is welcoming back popular favorite Samantha Parkington to its lineup of historical characters. Samantha was one of the company’s original characters introduced in 1986, and her compelling story of compassion and friendship has inspired millions of girls. Archived in 2008, Samantha has been reintroduced with new products, including an ice cream parlor, a bike, a bedroom set, and several new outfits and accessories.
And now I have a HUGE American Girl Doll Giveaway for YOU!
I’m giving away ONE Samantha Doll – direct from American Girl!
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I want to make sure she ships this week – so the giveaway will end on Thursday(December 18th) USA only. Must provide address upon winning email receipt.