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15 Years Old and Wants an American Girl Doll?

my daughter is 15 years old and badly wants an American girl doll isnt she a little old for that stuff? not as a collectable but to play with it worries me

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When I was 16 I asked for a cabbage patch doll for Christmas. I really just wanted one to kind of remind me of playing with dolls. LOL
I did not get it because my mom thought I was too old. It did not scar me, but I still remember it. :)

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Well if she wants to stay young and innocent I would think thats wonderful. Its better than being a teenage mom.

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When I was 16 I asked for a cabbage patch doll for Christmas. I really just wanted one to kind of remind me of playing with dolls. LOL
I did not get it because my mom thought I was too old. It did not scar me, but I still remember it. :)

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Well if she wants to stay young and innocent I would think thats wonderful. Its better than being a teenage mom.

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I don't see why not. We all have different likes and interests. I mean, I know grown men with toy trains. It's something she appears to like, and it's not unhealthy... why not?

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I think in this day and age I would be praising the good lord that she's playing with dolls!

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Hi,

I would get it for her!!! I received mine from my husband when we were first married. My daughters now play with her, while playing with their own.

I played with dolls (in private) for a VERY long time. Barbie dolls too! Let her enjoy herself. I hope my girls still want to play with their dolls as they get older.

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Be glad! Your battles could be much much worse!

I got a large Pot Belly Bear when my sisters all got a smaller one too (they are 7, 9 and 11 years younger than I am) and I was I think 15 or 16 years old. Not because I was a baby, or because I needed one, but because I (I guess??) just didn't have a "favorite teddy bear" of my own?? Anyway to this day I still have it, and it has been well loved, has a hole in his neck and yes it is a He and his name is Bear. LOL. I used it as a pillow, as a cuddly to rest my arm on when sleeping, not so much to play with or drag all around town.

If she seems mature (age appropriate) and responsible in other areas in her life, ie, academically, friends, etc then really, don't worry. So many teens grow up too fast, many follow because they think it's "cool" or because they think "it's what they're supposed to do" and there are those who just don't see the allure in growing up and are their own persons and prefer to enjoy the fun things in life - isn't playing with a cute doll (that has this whole book line and all that, pretty cool!) better than simpering at boys and putting black clothes and make up on??

Some people are just naturally late bloomers - some physically, some emotionally and some both. My cousin had zero interest in boys, in make up, in being girly, etc when she was a senior in HS. I remember my aunts and mom all talking worriedly about her (I'm a little older than she is) and I thought she was fine (ie, not lesbian) and just a year later, she wore necklaces, dresses, dated, had boyfriends and all that. At 17 she wasn't yet interested, but at 18 she was! (I dont know if she was playing with dolls at 15 but wouldnt surprise me, her sister is 3 years younger and I think they were probably still playing together at 15 & 12? wouldnt surprise me and I wouldnt think it abnormal either.)

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I think it is ok for her to want one. She is still young. Besides the American girl doll series also has stories out for the girls to read. Sometimes just having a doll around to make the girl in the stories seem a little more real.

I myself collect porcelain dolls.... my own grandmother(at 51) before giving me my first porcelain doll at the age of around 15.... she had to do it's hair (as she did not like the way the dolls hair was done) before she gave it to me. LOL

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Not at all. At her age I still collected horses. My sister is 52 and collects dolls. I have a baby doll that I dress up for the holidays. I think we are never too old to love toys. Heck my hubby gets Legos almost every Christmas. The American girl dolls are really cute and can be collector dolls, so why not get one for her as a gift.

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Be thankful she doesn't want a tattoo or bleached streaks in her hair or a boyfriend---these seems to be the "in" things lately. My daughter's 13 yr old still has barbie & bratz dolls. When I went to picked my daughter up from hanging out there, I saw them playing with dolls. My daughter is now 12 and still has bratz dolls in a tote under her bed and recently asked to sell them at a yard sale. She now wants to keep them a little longer since her friend will play with them when she's over. They just like to dress them fashionably and style the hair---there's no "pretend" personality playing. I wouldn't worry about it. I have a cousin who has nothing but disney princess pieces in her china closet--no plates, just princess collectibles, and she's 35.

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What's the big deal? She wants to play. She's still a kid.

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What are you worried about? Maybe it's something she'd always wanted or just has an interest in now. My girls got one when they were 8, they had to earn half the money (whch we pu into their savings account). I think I would rather have her playing with dolls then dating boys at 15. Have you talked with her to see why she wants one now?

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she's in a transitional phase. at 15 many girls are still 'children', not fully young women. it's sweet. why does it worry you? (serious question!)
khairete
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Unusual, but cute!! Would you rather have her "sexting?"

Let her have the doll. I MISS the American Girl doll days! When my daughter sold her AG dolls, it broke my heart. :(

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If she likes dolls, I guess its really not a big deal. I know a few adult women who collect dolls and I really don't think anything of it.

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I was still playing with dolls (in the privacy of my own room, in secret, of course) as a junior in high school. I just loved dolls, and I was very creative! I made up all sorts of wonderful stories. I also went to parties and dated boys, so I think my mother just figured I was unusual. If your daughter is immature or infantile in other ways, you might need to be concerned, but maybe she's just not completely ready to say good-bye to her childhood just yet. Let her decide when she's too old to play with dolls.

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The dolls are an investment that she will have the doll for life and she can pass it on to her children. If she likes to read she will fall in love with the American Girl doll books. They have a series with all the different periods in history. They also make a fantastic books on growing up and being a girl. Manners, friends, puberty etc. Isay get her one. WHat a great hobby at her age, any age to keep the youth in her.

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Heck, I want an American girl doll too and I'm 44 with so many adult responsibilities that I can't have one.

I would however have her earn half the money for the doll. Then she would have contributed to it and may appreciate it even more.

I've always loved the entire world of dolls, fashions, accessories, houses, beds, luggage, etc. I just think it opens up the imagination so very much, even at 15. I loved making clothes for my bigger dolls. Barbie was just so small to sew clothes for.

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Not at all. Adults collect dolls. Have you seen the ads in magazines for realistic baby dolls, fashion dolls, etc.? American Girl Dolls are very collectible. I've often admired them and wished that I could buy one with all her outfits and accessories.

Be glad that she wants a collectible doll and not a car of her own. Help her stay young in her interests. We force kids to grow up too fast.

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ummmmmm i would prob be more worried about other things then her playing with dolls..OH my goodness when I was 15 i was crankcalling boys ditching school and then playing with barbies and Im one FABULOUS lady!! Dont worry 15 is a hard age give her a couple of dolls!! xo

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Get her one, I don't see the big deal. I think you should pick your battles.

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I think she is a little to old. But if she wants it I would ask her to save up. I read the responses and she is not wanting the doll for a collection, which is totally fine. But to play with at 15. Does she have any interest in anything else? like sports or boys. Its a bit immature of her to want to still play with dolls. I would keep talking to her and ask why.

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