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