It started in 1986 when I was seven years old. I received the Pleasant Company catalog and felt a heartfelt connection with the American Girls Collection. In my childhood I had Samantha, Kirsten, and Felicity. Emma, Hilary Grace, and Rosie Grace now own them. We own 24 American Girl Dolls. It’s a lot of $$$$ but I don’t mind. These dolls bring them positive messages that they’ll carry with them to college and beyond. During downtime or simply during the day Emma cuddles with her dolls reading the historical books with her dolls on her lap. The girls care for their dolls as if they’re real live humans. They even have matching pajamas and clothes matching their dolls. It’s the sweetest thing. It’s beautiful. Emma recently got an A+ on her beautifully detailed report of the colonial era she calls “Felicity era”. She owns Felicity (who used to be mine) and Elizabeth and tells me they’re her favorite of all. I’ll name them all: Addy, Samantha, Felicity, Elizabeth, Just Like You #24 (wavy dark blonde hair, light skin with freckles, brown eyes), Bitty Twins pair (brown haired girl and boy), Bitty Baby (blonde hair, grey blue eyes, light skin), Josefina, Kaya, Ruthie, Emily, Kailey, Jess, Nicki, Mia, Chrissa, Gwen, Kanani, McKenna, Saige, Julie, Ivy, Caroline, and Kirsten. Four years back I built Emma, Hilary Grace, and Rosie Grace an life sized dollhouse for their American Girl Dolls which they decorated with American Girl furniture. We renovated our playroom into an American Girl Doll Room-literally. It’s painted red with white stars, houses our life sized dollhouse, and is filled with American Girl Dolls, clothing, accessories, and more. We’ve been to the American Girl Stores in New York, Los Angeles, Mall of America, Miami, Mclean, and Chicago. American Girl will be a forever part of our home!!!!
Luckily Emma, Hilary Grace, and Rosie Grace have no interest in Barbies or the Barbie cousins: Bratz, Monster High Dolls, Growing Up Glam Dolls, and Growing Up Skipper Dolls. Emma sees all these dolls, especially Barbies, as “disgusting”, “worthless”, and “zero percent education”. I couldn’t agree more. The only dolls in our home are American Girl Dolls, which they LOVE. American Girl Dolls teach lessons about history, family, friends, school, pets, and most importantly: LIFE. Not to be confused with the board game. They’re 18″, are made of fabric and vinyl, and have a story behind them and come with chapter books for girls to read. Barbies are the opposite. They teach girls fashion, boyfriends, makeup, and believe it or not, not are they only bad for girls education, they put girls health at risk. Barbies have caused anorexia and bullimia in girls due to their skinny body image. Think before you get your girl a fashion doll. Luckily I don’t have to worry about fashion dolls with my girls.