My MIL is very against Barbie, probably for obvious reasons. She's not realistic and she worries about kids wanting to look like her, and then getting a low self esteem when they don't. My husband agrees with her.

I have mixed feelings. I also agree with them... but I played with Barbie. And I have no desire to be a tall blonde with big boobs. I like my dark brown hair and I actually wish my boobs were smaller.

I think we'll skip buying her a Barbie until she asks for one. I'm sure she'll end up playing with it at a friend's house, so it's not like we can shield her from it anyway.

Will your child play with Barbie?