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To think that 9 isn't too old to be playing with dolls?

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Dresses123 Fri 22-Jul-16 01:09:28

I'd absolutely love to know if I'm being unreasonable. My daughter is 9, she likes her dolls still, it's not an issue. However, DM thinks I should slowly discourage her from playing with them. What do you think? I think 9 is still young, she has no interest in electronics, just her dolls, which I'd much rather!

EvilTwins Fri 22-Jul-16 01:14:35

Totally fine. I have 10 year old twins and they still play with dolls and teddies.

TangfasticFanatic Fri 22-Jul-16 01:15:13

I don't think there is anything wrong with that at all, I know several children around this age and one or two slightly older that still love to play with dolls and still insist on taking them everywhere with them

Birdsgottafly Fri 22-Jul-16 01:16:58

Your right to let your DD decide what she's interested in.

They change a lot in the last year of Primary, to when they start High School.

There are a lot of girls that still have dolls etc around, at 11/12.

Then they suddenly want their room re-decorated, because everything around them is too 'babyish'.

Notcontent Fri 22-Jul-16 01:21:36

Absolutely fine and I actually think older children should be encouraged to play with toys. We seems to live in this weird society today where many people are losing touch with what is age appropriate and it's as though people are in a terrible hurry for their young children to become mini teenagers...

ijustwannadance Fri 22-Jul-16 01:32:38

Ignore DM. Nothing wrong with your DD still playing with dolls.

Careforadrink Fri 22-Jul-16 01:33:52

Perfectly fine. They grow up too quick

MrsDoylesTeaParty Fri 22-Jul-16 01:34:33

Not at all, kids should be kids as long as possible (well, within reason grin) I was definitely still playing with barbies at that age. Her tastes will naturally change through the teen years.

Nocabbageinmyeye Fri 22-Jul-16 01:38:40

Ignore her, my ten year old still plays with dolls. You can see it fading in the sense that she would never ask for them or but new ones but will happily play with what she has.

I played with barbies till I was old enough too, not sure what she I was but old enough that they were hidden and only taken out in secret, 13/14 maybe blush

MeAndMy3LovelyBoys Fri 22-Jul-16 01:48:05

No definitely not too old. I say just enjoy it while it lasts smile

WiddlinDiddlin Fri 22-Jul-16 01:50:15

She'll stop when shes ready, in the meantime let her play with what she wants! (Well not plastic explosive or guns etc.. within reason)..

36 years old, I still 'play with dolls' (ok, I make felted sculptures, and customise MLP and Breyer horses)...

CancelTheCheque Fri 22-Jul-16 01:58:21

I'm 29 and still play with dolls blush If there's an age limit I didn't get the memo grin

DailyFaily Fri 22-Jul-16 02:10:27

She's got the rest of her life to be a grown up, let her enjoy her dolls as long as she wishes, childhood is too short as it is

80sMum Fri 22-Jul-16 02:25:33

How very sad that anyone would think that a little girl of 9 years old is too old to play with dolls! Childhood is short enough as it is; let's not make it even shorter!

Incidentally, I was 8 when I was given my first "teenage doll" for Christmas. It was a Tammy doll. Anyone remember those? At age 12 I bought myself a Tressy doll with my birthday money and I loved designing and making clothes for her until I was about 15!

NovemberInDailyFailLand Fri 22-Jul-16 06:25:13

9? Throw all the dolls out immediately and buy her some 4 inch heels and 20 Marlboro ;)

FranHastings Fri 22-Jul-16 06:30:16

My 11 yr old still does and I suspect would for longer into the future, were she not so worried her friends will find out and mock her. sad

Mamadothehump Fri 22-Jul-16 06:45:28

My 9 year old DD was playing with dolls last night. It wouldn't enter my head that there was anything odd about it!!!

MrsMook Fri 22-Jul-16 06:48:39

I played with mine until about 13, so probably later than average by the 90s. It waa just one of the things I did when I was in the house which was most of the time due to living in the opposite direction to school friends and having no outdoor space other than our garden. I didn't advertise it to people, but there were no negative consequences to it.

Why rush to turn young girls into teenagers/ women for the sake of it? Play is very important to children and they need it longer than society expects it to before it's considered "childish".

MidnightAura Fri 22-Jul-16 06:51:33

There's nothing wrong with it at all! Yanbu

Schwabischeweihnachtskanne Fri 22-Jul-16 06:53:49

Why on earth would you discourage her? Your DM is being very silly.

My MIL still has about 20 dolls and she's 66

LarrytheCucumber Fri 22-Jul-16 06:54:04

My friend and I used to take our dolls out in prams until we were at least 11 (simpler times!) She will grow out of dolls naturally when she's ready.

RainbowDashian Fri 22-Jul-16 06:57:33

Definitely not too old I played with dolls until I was 14

Porcupinetree Fri 22-Jul-16 07:03:43

Not too old and maybe she just likes dolls, lots of adults do.

PosiePootlePerkins Fri 22-Jul-16 07:06:38

If my 12 year can still play with lego, your 9 year old can still play with dolls! grinwink

victoryinthekitchen Fri 22-Jul-16 07:09:16

Not too old, they grow out of it in their own time. We had a pile of old baby annabelles and pushchairs in the playroom and at the last sleepover dd's friends (11 yrs old) dug them out and were charging about with them, then settled down on sofa bed with a doll each. I thought it was lovely and they obviously did too.

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