Thursday, October 29, 2009

Confessions of a Christian Mother


I have a confession to make.

Despite advice to the contrary from well meaning friends, I am a Christian mom who allowed her daughter to play with Barbies and (GASP!) Bratz Dolls.

But thanks to generous giveaways here at HLAC, the Bratz dolls that formerly resided here now have new homes with Erin, Tony C and Jake. After all, my daughter's body image is important to me, and I didn't want her thinking she wasn't pretty because she didn't have a giant melon head, botox enhanced fish lips and detachable feet. Some lessons come slower than others, and parenthood is a series of difficult choices.

It's such a shame I was not aware of these wholesome Christian alternatives:

God's Girlz Dolls
Tired of toys with a worldly appearance? You'll welcome these dolls with a perfect fit of faith and fashion! Whether your girls play with child of God Imani, nature-loving Hannah, worshipful Sarah, or musical Abigail, they'll love the stylish outfits featuring faith-affirming T-shirts. And you'll rejoice in the biblical message each poseable doll communicates.


Which is awesome and all, but seriously none of them look particularly wholesome when they're lying nekkid in a clear rubbermaid container under the bed. Just saying...

I have put my foot down about certain clothes. My daughter will not be a devil fairy for Halloween despite an Academy Award worthy performance of flailing, crying and slammed bedroom doors. Nor will I allow her to wear "attitude tees" like this one:



Because if I'm being honest, there's plenty of attitude around here without it being reaffirmed by wardrobe selections. But if you want to take it a step further, why not get a Godly attitude t-shirt?

At first glance, you think it's snarky, but upon further inspection you realize that it is actually a bible verse!


How very clever! Take THAT satan!!!

22 comments:

Joanna said...

It gets even stranger. My local christian bookstore had matching ponies to go with the godsgirls dolls http://www.crazychristianclips.com/2008/11/when-barbie-and-her-pony-got-saved.html

Steph @Red Clay Diaries said...

Impressive! You're an equal-opportunity snarker.

I think the best part of the God's Girlz Dolls is the smugly self-righteous smirk.

And dear WHATEVER shirt makers, could you use a font that's actually CLEAR? Cuz your good intentions don't make up for how LONG people would have to stare at my daughter's chest to get the clever message.

Just sayin

Shark Bait said...

Awesome Godly Attitude Shirt.

sherri said...

I'd grew up playing with Barbie and I'm fine...well, sort of. She did have a teeny tiny waist and extremely long skinny legs, but her feet were attached. And MY Barbies always dressed modestly but they didn't have Christian tees for them back in my day.

Helen said...

Okay, for some reason Joanna's comment reminded me of this t-shirt I saw in a Christian bookstore.
Hee hee....
Also, I know that my lack of detachable feet has never interfered with my self esteem, and I never played with Bratz doll. Draw your own conclusions.

Sit A Spell said...

How fun to "stumble" upon your blog today! Your title caught my eye. My daughter is 14 and yes, I too, let her have a few melon head fishy lipped dolls and she's is quite stable at 14. ; ) Those new Christian dolls are great though. However, I don't think my 6 yr old SON would like them! lol

Bless...Shell

Heather of the EO said...

OH my. This cracked me up. And so did Steph's comment. Hilarity.

Annie K said...

Dear Christian Attitude Shirt Makers,

Please stop. It's. EmbarASSing.

Sincerely,
Annie K

Kristie said...

I don't have girls. I have three light saber wielding boys. There must be a balance to strike with the toy decisions, costumes and t-shirts, but I do think we can stress too much over it where that balance lies. I just read a book called "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" which made me think there was great wisdom in our parents demand "GO OUTSIDE!" There is much to be gained from forgetting the toys and climbing a tree.

Lyla Lindquist said...

Wait...none of you have detachable feet? Makes me wonder where I got these things now...

jasonS said...

Perhaps this is the problem with Christians today, we prefer to sneak up on the Devil with our T-shirts rather than confront Him with our godly, surrendered lives. Ooh, I got a little philosophical there- almost gave me the chills. :)

Bridget Chumbley said...

Sorry, I can't find anything to say since I'm following Jason's comment...

Wendy said...

Maybe I'm being a little overly sensitive here, but those Godsgirls Dolls are looking a little too skanky for me. Their wrists and ankles are clearly visible! And don't even get me started on showing the calves like that. What they need is clothing with more yardage! And a good doily collar.

Maureen said...

Love the comments. . . and the post. I hated dolls.

Tony C said...

My G.I. Joes are still thanking you.

Sometimes the party noises coming from those boxes keeps me up at night!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Not sure what was more hilarious.....your post or the comments that followed. Too funny!

Jewda said...

I was just talking about Christian knock offs today. I talk about it a lot - like every time I see one - because it bothers me oh so much. I was making fun of the Reese's shirt gone Jesus shirt, and then I had a good idea. Why don't they sell little communion wafers in an orange bag and call them Jesus Pieces?

JML said...

You know what? Tinker-whore and the STD Fairies are all stuck in a box somewhere because I moved. BAD WORDS. Many of them.

I'm annoyed with Christian versions of everything. It makes me angry. I wish the world was trying to do what we do . . .

have you ever heard of a band called the Apologetics? They drive me to the point of combustion because they take worldly songs with bad messages, rewrite them in Christianese and give them a new message and do a bad job at the same time. Wretched. Absolutely wretched.

Peter P said...

I'm confused

Rachelle said...

I'm a horrible Christian mommy! This year for Halloween my girls are a "dark fairy" (whatever that is) and a goth cheerleader. Plus we have scary stuff on our porch. PLEASE don't tell the Christian halloween police.

Luke 15:25-32 said...

Don't you just love the: "If you love {insert "non-Christian" band name here}, then you'll love {insert "Christian" band name here}".

Fatha Frank said...

Hillarious! Don't get my wife started on two-piece swimsuits for our daughter (and she's only 2). I'm looking forward to it only getting worse.