31 Days of Lessons Learned: Day Seventeen
American Girl Dolls are expensive!
When my wife and I found out we were pregnant, I wanted a girl and thankfully that’s what he had. Of course I would have loved a son just as much, but deep down, I wanted to have a daughter so she could be referred to as “Daddy’s Little Girl.” I knew by having a girl though, I was in for a little bit of a learning curve, but I was ready (see below for examples)!
So, I’ve taken the new learning as an opportunity to be a better parent. Sure, there’s been a few bumps in the road, but my wife and I are doing a good job at this whole parenting thing. In fact, I feel like we’re just starting to hit our stride and have a lot of fun as a family.
That belief came crumbling down this week though. What happened that knocked me down a peg and showed me that I still have a lot to learn?
We received an American Girl Catalog in the mail.
Out of curiosity, I flipped through it to see what the big deal was. I used to be the vendor liaison for the publisher that published the American Girl books, so I was fairly familiar with the world of American Girl. Well, after flipping through that catalog, and removing my jaw from the table and putting it back, I learned two things:
1) I still have a lot to learn about being the father of a girl
2) American Girl Dolls are expensive!
Seriously, the clothes for these dolls cost more than the clothes I wear! The accessories cost more than the clothes I wear. The price of a doll and an outfit costs more than a week and a half of groceries for our house. And, for the price of the kid-sized outfits your child can get to match their doll costs more than the clothes I wear.
If American Girl is just the beginning of the iceberg, I’m guessing I’m going to have a pretty skinny wallet for years.
Thankfully, I recycled the catalog before my daughter could see it. 🙂