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    12-06-2012, 12:26 AM
Green Broke
Barbie had a pooping dog at one point, it was recalled though due to dangerous magnets. I was disappointed, I tried hard to find one for my kids just because it was dang hilarious! Feed "treat" to dog, treat ejects looking exactly the same. Pick up now "poop" with mini pooper-scooper and put back in can of TREATS! ROFL

Somewhere around here we have the Breyer horse set that came with a manure fork, muck bucket and pile of "horsey poo"!

I'd much rather have my kids playing with fake poo than trashy, ****ty dolls!
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    12-06-2012, 12:41 AM
I just hate that all of my childhood favorites have been heinously destroyed and mangled to the point where only the name is the same. Littlest Pet Shop makes me SOOO sad to see now. Polly Pocket is huge. Furby has lost almost all of the "Wtf? It is so creepy!" factor. Plus you can no longer find Grand Champion horses or other neat, lifelike toys.
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    12-06-2012, 03:16 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Started with those 'ho wanna-be Bratz dolls. Seriously, dolls that look as if they're dressed for a night on a street corner, flagging down men in cars and asking if they're looking for a 'date'? Why the heck did parents even BUY those?
In England we had (maybe still have) an alternative to Barbie, she is called Cindy. A friend of my ex's was an art student and to get some extra income he did some product design for Cindy, he designed some of the things in her house. They had a meeting about a shower he was going to design, the managers expressed that it was important it be a one person shower as Cindy was not like Barbie, who was considered ****ty in comparison.

It's funny now that Barbie was once considered slightly sexualized as things have moved on so much further.
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    12-06-2012, 11:50 AM
Omg...the idiot not wanting to pay for an abortion because she wants and Iphone...

I guess part of me is thankful she wants one as she would make a TERRIBLE mother with priorities like that!
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    12-06-2012, 12:05 PM
As far as my toys when I was a kid...I had my breyers, and I collected horse tack looong before I had a horse, so I played with that aswell. I also (to my mothers dismay) would play with the molding clay my mom had for her crafts:)))

The Husband and I have already decided that our kid will play with the good ole' toys...lincoln logs, legos, old erector sets ect.. thankfully he has a plethora of older family that has kept a bunch of these toys around. And grandpa is a wood worker, so when he is old enough a nice wooden pedal plane is a garantee

He will also be out riding with me as soon as he is old enough to start, and I plan on nurturing his want to help with chores (age appropriate chores obviously).. And I realize I may be a little out there for this, and thankfully we don't have "regular" tv, so it'll be easy: but we plan on only letting him watch the good old shows..lassie, andy griffith, and some of tthe others that I got a kick out of as a kid..

I don't understand why people give their kids cell phones at such a young age..I mean I get it if your kid is say going to the park, and you want to keep tabs (offers a little independance I get it) but to all out let your 10 year old have a cell phone ALL THE TIME.. rediculous. My friend and former roomates daughter has her own cell, and I constantly get stupid chain texts...whenever I reply to tell her to stop, I get replies from other dumb kids with cell phone asking who I am (yay for mass texts!!)..I even got one to tell me her name and where she lived..stupid kid, good thing I am not a pervert!!
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    12-06-2012, 12:13 PM
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I LOVED (and still do love...hehe) Link-n-logs! Tinker toys, legos, matchbox cars, and animal figurines were favorites of mine too. I had over 20 breyers which I put out to pasture and back into their stalls at night, with blankets and homemade halters too!

I also hate the rush to 'grow children up.' I'm almost seventeen and only have a phone with a small amount of minutes on it because I'm required to have it for work (I'm by myself a lot in the woods) and it cost me a whopping $15. Has a flashlight on it too, and I've actually dropped it in puddles, run it over with a wheelbarrow, thrown it...and it still isn't broken ;D I don't wear more than a bit of eyeliner ever, have never had a boyfriend, and don't wear shorts that could pass as underwear or shirts that show my belly and cleavage. And you know what? I'm 100x happier than every friend that I have >.> if people would just realize what they're doing to the next generation...
    12-06-2012, 12:23 PM
Green Broke
Honestly, I don't really see what the deal is.

Wooden blocks? Hell no, ever seen how many kids get stitches from one flung at their head? I have a closet full of cardboard blocks, sturdy and neither child nor my house is damaged should one get hucked.

I have bins and bins and bins of Littlest Pet Shop, yes the ones with the BIG heads. I had no idea they ever were made any other way. Kid likes them 'nuff said.

4ft wood barn and 200+ horses and farm animals? Check

No girly house is complete without at least a few nekkid Barbies... I think those are in a bin in the basement.

Roomful of Geo Trax? Check (boy do I get tired of tripping over them)

More legos than a vacuum could suck up? Got 'em

Untouched easy bake oven? Yup, kiddos use the real oven

Toys change. That doesn't make them better or worse, just different! Heck, my kiddos are now 9 and 11, I've started doing daycare again and NOTHING is like I had for them. Gigantic, PIA highchair? Nope, got a nifty portable, padded one that straps to a chair or sits on the floor and has WAY more features than mine ever did. Instead of a doorway jumper it's this exersaucer on springs thing... way safer IMO. Strollers with shocks are AWESOME on a farm!

Kids are kids and ANY toy is creative. Compliments of my daycare children yesterday I have Nativity set people that are encased in plastic candy jars, a train visiting a fire station, rattles lined on end to create a runway only the plane wandered off to parts unknown so a boat became a "plane". An ambulance was deemed "a twactor" and several legos became hay bales.

Highlight of the day? The SCHOOL BUS (the one that drops my girls off at the house), OMG the squealing and screaming over such a delight coming to the house and of course the poor driver dying of laughter as I met the bus with 2 overly-excited toddlers, 1 giant dog that tried to board the bus, 2 goats that tasted her tires and my girls who rolled their eyes and attempted to hide in their jackets as they exited.

Oh and YES my child has a cellphone. When the bus died in the absolute middle of nowhere (hour ride EACH way to school) in subzero temps and of course dead bus = no heat, by the time the driver had managed to reach the bus depot for assistance, I was there and transferring all the kids into my warm truck where we kept them while the driver contacted parents for permission for me to drive them or have them to come.
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    12-06-2012, 12:35 PM
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Pft. The stitches after being hit in the head are what make the stories the best! As are the black eyes after being hit in the eye by your brother with a stick horse, the broken wrist from falling off of a tire swing, and the cuts from stepping on leggos!

Don't ask me how I know that...

I do think that most of us mean cell phones that little kids are allowed to text on 24/7, play games on all of the time, etc. I'm not against kids who are away from their parents a lot having a very basic phone for emergencies.
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    12-06-2012, 05:53 PM
Did anyone have a Grandpa Time when they were kids? It was an amazing invention. It was a clock that was shaped as a granfather clock, that read to the kids a nursery story, which came on tapes, and reminded the kids to brush there teeth before bed. It was also an alarm. They were from the 80's I think. At the time, there was nothing like that. They are selling on ebay for hundreds of dollars!!
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    12-06-2012, 06:01 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
I do think that most of us mean cell phones that little kids are allowed to text on 24/7, play games on all of the time, etc. I'm not against kids who are away from their parents a lot having a very basic phone for emergencies.

I'm all for a child having a phone for emergency reasons. I see too many under 10yr olds with their noses stuck in their iphones texting and facebooking it's ridiculous.
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