I really need to learn not to underestimate my kids. Miss M said she wanted to play an instrument in the band in addition to her orchestra and symphony activities. I figured she would be overwhelmed by the extra practice time and be ready to stop when the season was up. I was completely wrong as she has continued to work hard and was just invited to join the Honor Band.

It’s more than just activities. It’s about play time, too. With as focused as Miss K is on her clothes, shoes and hair, I feel like she’s trying to grow up too fast and is 10 going on 18. When she asked for American Girl accessories for her 10th birthday, I was certain she wouldn’t have time to play with them. I figured they were simply going to be fancy decorations for her bedroom.

I couldn’t be more incorrect. Since I wouldn’t buy them for her, Grammy agreed to. After all, it’s Grammy’s job to make her grandgals happy. At least that’s what I’m told. She surprised Miss K with the American Girl wheelchair and Feel-Better Kit for Dolls. Not only was Miss K ridiculously excited but since receiving it a few months ago, she has played with it a lot. She even has a few friends that she gets together with just to have an American Girl play date.

Our 10 year old daughter loves her BeForever American Girl Doll Samantha. - SahmReviews.com

Seeing this enthusiasm is heart-warming and worth nurturing. We recently received BeForever doll, Samantha. I asked Miss K if she wanted to record a short video about Samantha and American Girl. Boy, oh boy, did I get an unexpected lesson in how a 10-year-old feels about American Girl. Check it out:

While I was skeptical about my daughter outgrowing her dolls, what I’ve realized is she’s just appreciating them even more. As you can see from the video, she was touched by Samantha’s story. Miss K is a compassionate child so she was able to relate to the story more. She’s maturing and the American Girl stories are maturing along with her.

There isn't an age limit on playing with dolls. - SahmReviews.com

I guess I don’t give my girls enough credit. They’re pretty awesome and if they make a decision about something, I probably should trust that they are sincere!

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15 thoughts on “Girls and Dolls

  1. I have all boys, so there are no dolls in our house – other than the ones I had when I was a little girl. I still have my American Girl doll.

  2. I’m so glad to hear that your daughter hasn’t outgrown dolls yet! I’ve been dreading the day when my daughter is “too old” so I’m glad to see I may have a few years left!

  3. I never had the pleasure of playing with the American Dolls. And I have a boy who is all about cars and trains. If I have a girl, I will introduce them to her. They are a collectible item.

  4. My daughter loves her dolls. We have had plenty of time playing dress up with her dolls, tea parties, dancing with them, she even plays with them in her little kitchen, and she sleeps with her favorite one.

  5. Wow she has a nice collection. I am 30 and still have my American Girl doll from when I was bout 12 years old. No one bought mine my parents were big in me saving for the things I really wanted so I saved my lunch money for months before I could get my doll. I remember it was the most expensive toy I had at the time.

  6. Congrats to her on the invite to Honor Band! My kids work and play hard too. I like it. 🙂 My daughter was raised with three boys so she wasn’t big on dolls (sigh, lol). But my grandbaby is an only child and she is already loving them!! I highly suspect her and grandma (that would be me) are going to have some American Girl business coming up here in the next couple of years or so. 🙂

  7. My 5 year old has been begging for an American Girl doll (must have heard about them from friends) for awhile now, but obviously since I believe they are ridiculously expensive, she in turn got the Target version for Christmas instead and doesn’t know the difference. She loves it!

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