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The games girls play!

I remember playing “House house” and “School school” with my girl friends when I was in school. We were a trio – I used to always be an office goer, my best friend a banker and my second best friend a teacher. We used to make food, clean up, work and shop – and have a whole lot of fun in our make-believe world where we were the bosses… But I digress and before I go back 30 years and tell you more about the games we played as young girls, let me get back to the topic of this post.

My daughter (a chatterbox 4 year old) has found her very first BFF in her neighbour – a quiet, shy 6 year old. The two are always together – giggling, whispering, jumping up and down like monkeys and drawing monster faces on their favourite dolls. I typically leave them alone in the room to play what they please, so I should have been prepared when I saw my daughter getting her toe nails painted by her BFF with bright pink sketchpen on Day 1, her face dabbed in powder on Day 2 and her hair styled with matching hair clips and rubberband on Day 3. And, on Day 4…..I put my foot down with the words “No more taking stuff out of the dresser – no colouring body parts – no cosmetics – no no no!”

I, like any dutiful mother wary of letting her daughter become a fashionista at such a young age, suggested alternatives like painting, Lego, puzzles, skittles, ball, etc. While the girls have stopped playing ‘Salon Salon’ for a while, I still find them whispering and looking at me with innocent eyes when I suddenly walk in on them and take them by surprise. Mmmmm…I wonder what they are up to?

PS: I have now uninstalled all ‘Dress up’ games from my tablet and am on the verge of getting my dresser locked!! Suggestions welcome :)

Fashion at a young age



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Like most mothers she knows, Ramya juggles between finding something that satisfies her inner self and doing something that satisfies her family! Mother of two children, a boy and a girl, her parenting philosophy is not so much to be a popular, cool parent as to bring them up with values that she holds dear. When not donning her 'amma' hat, she switches between being 'manager of Digital Learning at IIMB', 'payer of bills', 'cook', 'cleaner' and 'reader of PG Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer.'

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2 thoughts on “The games girls play!

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    I think this is perfectly normal behaviour Ramya. All kids go through this phase of dressing up because they want to be like their mamas. I wouldn’t worrry about it too much – instead of clamping down on them, encourage them to go out and play. Positive action will work better than restricting them from things, no?

  2. sundari

    Mine have the privilege of having company amongst themselves all the time, as they are twins…. it surely comes with its cons as the chances of one of the kid listening to a non-parent host is lost completely…. fights are galore all the time… and in between that, they play teacher-teacher and school-school… sometimes I get the privilege to be invited as a teacher in their game… and just as any mom would do, I use that chance to playfully recollect their school stuff… it is finally a win-win…. ;-)


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