An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Monday, October 13, 2008

What ever happened to Dora?

Last week our preschooler was invited to a birthday party for a girl in his class in which the theme was . . . cue drum roll, please . . . High School Musical.

HUH?!

What happened to Ariel?

or Snow White?

or Cinderella?


Or, for that matter, what ever happened to Dora?



Well, I have a problem with four-year-olds pretending they're in high school, dancing like they're in high school, and singing songs with high school themes. Our preschooler still sings Little Red Caboose, for goodness sakes.

We sent our polite regrets, and our four-year-old enjoyed a nice Saturday morning playing with his trains and pretending he was Diego on a safari rescue mission.

18 comments:

Cheryl Lage said...

Oh Bia, I am SOOOO with you on this! For tweens, actually LATE tweens, I take no issue with the HSM theme, but really? For PRESCHOOLERS? Truly, I dislike it for elementary schoolers! If it makes you feel better, I am not digging the 6, 7 & 8 year-old tendency toward Hannah Montana either....oh and dear heaven, don't get me started on Bratz..they will NEVER enter this house.

Maybe we're too old-school, but my seven year olds are FINE with the array of what I consider age-appropriate themes and characters.

Squeeze that Diego lovin' preschooler for me. :) You're a good mama, Bia.

E said...

I am with you. When my kids were little it was the same. We were playing Maya the Bee or David the Gnome, and their friends were having Grease parties. Now I love Grease, but come on. There are always people who rush kids and people who let them find their own pace and time, ( and then those like me who pitifully resist the transitions for as long as possible....)
You and little Diego are just right...

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Good call.

Nancy said...

WOW! I am totally with you here...we wouldn't have attended either. That's just crazy!!

Kim H. said...

Well, I am proud to say that "Cinderelly" and "Dora" are big at my house these days! HSM is just way too much - I mean, please, I know it's supposedly for "entertainment" purposes, but is this really how we want to portray our kids acting in school. I think not. Quite frankly, I just don't get it. I know I'm a dork and all, but I just don't get the attraction - and why people expose their little ones to something that is just way over their little heads anyway.

:o) mg said...

ditto from another choir member

Aimee said...

We put the kibosh on HSM here too, and it made us mighty unpopular with our 9 yo. She was teased at school because she was the only one who hasn't seen it. I don't think that she needs to be worrying about high school themed problems, as she is a natural born worrier anyway. She'll have an ulcer by the time she even makes it to h.s.!

Laura said...

I have not visited blogs in a few days...as you will see from your sitemeter,so I did not know you posted this.I just posted about a similar topic.
Why do people feel a need to push kids through their innocence?
Geez Louise....

Nancy said...

You are so right!!! I was at WMart the other day looking for costumes and all I saw was Hightschool Musical costumes...even for the little ones!

We're going with Tinker Bell!!

Nancy

Therese said...

I so agree with you on this! I stmbled on your blog from Dog and Pony show...I too am Italian-American and I have 3 sons! I will be back!

Bia said...

Nancy, Tinkerbell is good.

Aimee, Mention to your 9 year old that I played with Barbies until I was in the 6th grade. Looking back, I am so grateful my parents let me be an imaginative little girl and not rush me into being a teen.

e, what's Maya the Bee and David the Gnome? They sound fun.

Kim, you're not a dork. You're sensible. I don't get it, either.

Nancy, it is crazy.

mg, hey fellow choir member.

Therese, ciao! nice to meet you.

Wendy said...

Bia - Even my sons know how I feel about Bratz (cuz the commercials come on all the time). I am so lucky not to have daughters.

Perhaps there is an older sister in the house. I know my little guys sometimes latch onto ideas because of their older brother.

I want my little guys to be little for as long as I can hold them there!

P.S. I just entered a Better Homes and Gardens/CoffeeMate sweepstakes for a trip to Italy. If I win, will you go with me?

Darla said...

Oh, I'm so with you on this one! I am so happy though that our girls are obviously not too influenced by this stuff (maybe because we just don't and never have bought into this kind of stuff...we don't have t.v. and don't do movies..just more documentaries and such which the kids like just fine). They scoff at the Hannah Montana craze and this summer when I found life jackets on clearance at Walmart and there was only one my 9y.o.'s age...AND it was only $5....AND it was Hannah Montana, she at first REFUSED to get it. I told her, "Oh, don't get all crotchety on me here. I appreciate that you don't buy into that just because all your friends do but for crying out loud, it's CHEAP, we need to buy one for you if you want to go on the boat, and NO ONE will see you except us!" She did ask if she could take a razor and skim the picture of H.M. off the front or her name off the back but I told her that we will all ignore the fact she has a H.M. life vest on...I just didn't want to ruin the vest when we got it for so cheap. They can be SO expensive!

Nikki said...

Loved this post. I also run into this sooo much with my girls. I wrote a post about a comment I got about one of my girls playing with baby dolls. Apparently that is just for babies. In my situation it was someone confusing worldliness with maturity. Drove me nuts. It's nice to know I am not alone in this fight.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you!! Kids are forced to act and behave in a more mature manner than what they should--my girls (7,9,10) still play with baby dolls Nikki so don't think you are alone!!!!

Lisa said...

This is so true, Bia, and so sad a trend! I don't even like the High School Musical Theme for my high schoolers, to tell you the truth. Whatever happened to those years of wholesome innocence. That's something all children are entitled to. You only get to be a child for a few short years, and you have to be an adult for so, so long!

Rosa said...

Hi! I just came across your blog and I'm liking what I see. =)

I am so with you on your Dora post.. I have two sisters who are 10 and 13, and I wish that they would go back to playing Little House on the Prairie or reading American Girl books instead of going crazy about this High School Musical stuff, (which, as I have tried telling them, emits a false and unrealistic view of high school!)

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