I just saw a TV news segment that gave me a What?! Seriously???!! moment! Two toys being sold this holiday season:
A doll and accompanying “special vest” that allow children to pretend breast feeding
A doll with its very own stripper pole
Now, I am a strong proponent of breast feeding. That’s not the issue. And there is a time and place for pole dancing. My point is that both are adult themes. Toys for young children? What the heck?! We need to let kids be kids!
I’m feeling awfully old right about now. What happened to farm sets, Tinker Toys, dolls that don’t do anything special except lie there waiting for the magic of a child’s imagination, imitation, and role playing; simple blocks, Legos, creative craft and art materials like Play-Doh and crayons; bicycles and skates?
Imaginative play is an important cognitive-linguistic skill. What messages are parents giving their young children when they present them with toys like breast feeding and pole dancing dolls?
I am repeating myself but in my humble opinion, we need to let kids be kids! Am I sitting here alone with my jaw on the floor, scratching my head? What do you think?
Cynthia “Cyndee” Williams Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP owns Bowen Speech-Language Therapy, LLC in Clearwater, FL. She provides quality, creative, collaborative treatment to adults and adolescents with communication, swallowing, Parkinson’s, and related disorders.