Nostalgia, Paranoia, and Propaganda: Toys these days….


By Alexa Griffith, LMHC, NCC, RPT of Imagine Hope Counseling Group

If you have children in your home, then like me, you are surrounded by toys.

Toys are in your vehicle, kitchen, toy room (not in their assigned places but that is another blog), under covers, under couches, and lurking on steps when you least expect them.  They are on commercials (“Mom, I want that”) and even have lives of their own in Disney’s Toy Story Movies.  But unlike Woody and Buzz Lightyear, children’s toys do not think, feel, or act for themselves.

Children are active and engaged in directing the play with the toys.

There has been some chatter on the news and on talk radio in response to a recent book called “Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture” by Peggy Orenstein.  This chatter included many vast opinions on “princess” apparel, dolls, themes and the like. [Read more…]