I’m A Better Mom Than My Dad Because He Returned My Barbie Dreamhouse That Santa Brought Me

ebayI will let you dry the tear that has slid slowly down your cheek as you read my terribly sad headline, but I can promise you, true story bro’.

I was eight-years-old, and I wanted this groovy, three-story, plastic monstrosity more than anything. To my tiny little girl-child brain, it was the coolest thing ever. The printed backdrops of the rooms. The working elevator. But then my father couldn’t put it together and my parents decided it was junk and the day after Christmas they returned it to the store.

I was devastated. And I have no idea where my poor Barbies lived after that, probably in a cardboard shoe box or something. My own daughter wanted a Barbie dream house this Christmas. I read the reviews, the complaints of it being “cheap” and “not worth the money” and I did what any other parent that cringes at wasting money on a flimsy toy that will break easily would do. I bought her a wooden dollhouse that was a bit more expensive, but that had excellent reviews. And a working elevator! Yes, it may not be emblazoned with the Barbie logo and it may not be Barbie-pink, but at least I am a much better parent than my own parents were because I made my husband put it together well in advance. He even printed out tiny pictures of art my daughter had created, framed these to adorn the doll-walls, and monogrammed her name on the house.

You may think I’m a bad or not fun mom and that I am just as mean as my own parents were when I was a kid, but at least I didn’t buy her the house and then snatch it away to be exchanged for some Colorforms or something. She can’t pine for something she never had. And maybe one day I will actually buy her the branded Barbie house if she really enjoys her wooden “fashion doll” house and she gets a lot of use out of playing with it. At the very least I know this house is sturdy enough where she can hand it down or donate it when she is done playing with it.

In retrospect, I can totally understand why my parents took my present back to the store, but I think that my inner child might still be sad about it. Because I still think about painting my bedroom pink. And how cool it would be to put an elevator in my house!

*For those of you parents who just got done assembling a Barbie dream house, please feel free to leave me a comment about how much it sucked. Thank you.

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  • LiteBrite

    My sisters and I had the Barbie dreamhouse as kids. Trust me; you didn’t miss much.

  • Diana

    Mean of them! Still your little girl is better off with a nice wooden one. the best toy I ever had was a wooden doll house my dad made me.

  • katydid0605

    oh how i longed for the dream house, the closest i ever got was having one of the cars. Last year my daughter wanted the castle for the disney princesses but we just couldnt afford it, but I DID get a hand me down Cinerella castle and my husband spruced it up with some paint and pictures. i think we are way better than our own parents ;)

    ps- last night we did stay up assembling a cinderella vanity for her to have the button on the ‘magic pumpkin’ not work, so the mirror only makes noises etc when you turn it on

  • buzzbees

    Honestly, it was kinda crappy. Even though the elevator was pretty sweet, after a couple of years the darn thing started to lean earning the nickname Barbie’s Tower of Pisa. It eventually went in the trash. Meanwhile, I cherish the wooden dollhouse my dad made me. It’s full of homemade accessories and I hope to pass it on to my daughter one day. You’re being a awesome parent.

  • Dlee

    Good call! I still have my wooden dollhouse in case my son (or any hypothetical daughters) ever take an interest in dolls. It stayed in my room until I moved out of my parent’s house, even though it was used as a bookcase in my teen years. Even now, it still sits on their front veranda because my dad hasn’t really gotten around to moving it into the shed yet.

  • Wolf

    “I am a much better parent than my own parents were because I made my husband put it together…”


    • Lackadaisical

      I think that was the point. She isn’t saying that she is really a saint of a mother, just that she has learned from being upset as a kid when her parents were caught out by a rubbish present and so won’t make the same mistake. I am sure that making her husband do the work and then claiming credit is not really how it was and is just a humorous touch.