If there’s one thing I love about Tim, it’s the way he’s not scared of coming home from a hard days work and picking up a Barbie just to join & play with the girls.
I mean, really. He’s grown up in household full of boys and until the girls came along he was always into cars, football & building. But despite that, he doesn’t mind the amount of pink there is in his life now or how many times that Niamh asks him to help change Barbies outfit- or find that one tiny pink shoe that she’s lost for the 60th time in the Barbie box.
I love how the time he’s spending with her in her imaginary world, is time that in the long run he is investing into her real world too.
…& seeing them play together is just one of my favourite things!
We were recently sent these gorgeous Barbies to play with as part of the #DadswhoplayBarbie campaign and each one was immediately given a name, a storyline & of course the standard American Barbie voice. (This really made me laugh as I so remember doing this when I was younger too!)
We had two Barbie Fashionistas, PopStar Barbie & a Martial Arts Barbie too.
Niamh immediately began playing with the Martial Arts Barbie (who was quickly nicknamed Rosie the Kung Fu Barbie) and held a championship competition for her. She had daddy clapping to welcome Barbie onto the ‘stage’ to do a show. A small, silver trophy & wooden board was also included so Niamh enjoyed using her imagination to help Barbie win her competition and claim the trophy prize.
The Fashionistas were excitedly pulled out of the box & Niamh decided to turn one into a hairdresser & the other into the client, and of course PopStar Barbie was the coolest Barbie ever with her pink guitar so Niamh pretended she was on stage performing as daddy was left to rearrange the rest of the Barbies to watch Niamh & Barbie blast out some Little Mix songs.
Seeing her imagination unfold as she plays is wonderful, as even the tiniest accessory will lead her game into something more. Having her daddy sit and play along means the world to her too, (although he really needs to work on his American accent) this simple use of their imaginations together is building their relationship up stronger for the future and is empowering Niamh to dream big & believe that she really can be anything she wants to be.