All mothers of daughters or friends with mothers of daughters look no further for the Best. Holiday. Gift. Ever.
If you have not seen the new Go Go Sports Girls, let me introduce you (and a quick shout out to Jaime over at running diva mom for introducing the dolls to me).
I immediately bought three: Ella Runner Girl, Suzie Swimmer Girl, and Gracie Tennis Girl. The plan was to give them to my daughters at Christmas. That plan didn't work out. I just couldn't wait. Last night I interrupted them as they happily played with dolls they already have to give them their Go Go Sports Girls. Sure I'm feeling a little guilt about the excess, but these dolls are important. Here's why:
These dolls promote physical activity and athleticism in girls. I don't need to blather on to this choir about how important that is.
These dolls are age appropriate and send a positive message: They don't come with slutty clothes or have a name that you don't want bestowed on your children... like "Brat," not that I'm singling out any particular doll. Ahem...
When you buy these dolls a portion of the proceeds go to worthy causes that promote healthy living for children like Girls, Inc.
But wait, don't click over to the website just yet. You gotta hear more.
My girls loved them and they have magical powers (I'll get to that in a minute).
These dolls come dressed for their sport and each have a mini backpack to carry their gear (huge hit!) My daughters started playing immediately and as soon as their Go Go Sports Girls had played their own sport they started cross training, which is to say my daughters undressed their dolls and swapped outfits.
"Can my girl run, mama?" Asked my 4-year-old (you know the one who says she hates to run and yes that still bothers me).
"Of course she can!" I coaxed. "Tennis players need to run, too."
"My girl can go swimming?" Asked K.
"I like to run and swim," I tell her. "You like to run and swim, why not?"
The creative sports play continued into the night. There were Go Go Sports Girl dreams because the dolls slept with my daughters and in the morning, they were back at it: Swimming, running, playing tennis.
What's interesting to me is that they have many times used sports in their creative play--emulating mom and dad by exercising or having pretend races. However, they've never engaged their dolls in sports play until now. But none of their other dolls have come with running shoes, or swim goggles, or a tennis racquet. Come on! How CUTE is THAT?
Oh, and the magical powers? I took all four kids grocery shopping this morning. I allowed the Go Go Sports Girls to come along, although normally I make toys stay in the car. The shopping trip went smoothly. Everyone cooperated. No one had a melt down. I got in and out without incident. Normally I believe taking kids grocery shopping counts as a workout, but today I can't say that it did. There was no dragging of dead weight or chasing moving targets. Was it the magic of the Go Go Sports Girls?
The real magic is the positive message these dolls provide to little girls. Fitness is a family value in our house and when I can find toys that support that value I'm one happy parent.
Jodi Norgaard, the founder of Go Go Sports Girls said she would be happy to give a doll away to one of my readers. Tell me in the comments which doll you want and for whom by Saturday and I'll draw a lucky winner on Sunday.
Now, go ahead, time to click on over to Go Go Sports Girls!