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Can toys cause elitist or entitled behavior?

Posted by on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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Can toys cause elitist/entitled behavior? Also which toys if so?

I have read on here that American Girl Dolls are over priced and make girls into elitist snobs, or when parents spend a lot on one toy they are causing entitlement issues because their child might not want a knock off later. 

So if that is so then here is a list of over priced elistist  toys

American Girl Dolls

Build a Bear 

Lego's

Video Game Systems and Games


Others can add to this list


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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM
O_o my daughter has everything on that list. Well the American doll will be a birthday gift. OH NOW! We're doomed.
sarah824
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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I think it has less to do with the toys and more to do with the parents. Kids do not become elitest or entiled simply because parents buy them "expensive" toys. My kids have some expensive/popular toys, but they are far from entitles. They know that they only get those toys as gifts or if they buy them with their own money. They also know that those toys will be the first to go if their behavior isn't up to par.

TiffanyRose06
by Queso<3 on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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My son has legos and plays lego batman. I don't intend to raise a spoiled brat, he will learn to work for things he wants
momof2girls339
by on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

We received 2 American girl dolls as gifts. I explain to my girls how expensive they are. I'm not sure how I feel about it. All their friends have at least  2 American girls, one has 6 of them. I told them they could each ask for one more for Christmas then that's it. They can get accessories, or we can go to the American girl store where we live and get their hair done or have lunch. Which is a lot less money than buying more of the dolls. They also have a tablet, but are asking for an iPod touch, because everyone has one.... I feel like they should keep up with technology, but I'm tired of buying expensive things. My oldest is earning her iPod touch on her chore chart. It will take almost a year. 

SweetPea2004
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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After being bashed several times for my dd having an American Girl doll, I know that I am doomed or her collection of legos. 

She is about to get her third doll but only one did I purchase. 


Quoting Anonymous:

O_o my daughter has everything on that list. Well the American doll will be a birthday gift. OH NOW! We're doomed.



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by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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No. I don't think so. I think only the ones who don't have/ refuse to buy/ can't afford those toys think that way. They are toys. These are the same people that think you're gloating if you happen to have a nicer house or car than them. I don't believe in socialism.
SweetPea2004
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

DD had to earn most of the money for her second doll Julie and she could have bought a knock-off but we talked about quality and why AG are better so she waited to get the doll.

She earns $5 a month doing chores and then asks for more chores so she can buy stuff. 


Quoting momof2girls339:

We received 2 American girl dolls as gifts. I explain to my girls how expensive they are. I'm not sure how I feel about it. All their friends have at least  2 American girls, one has 6 of them. I told them they could each ask for one more for Christmas then that's it. They can get accessories, or we can go to the American girl store where we live and get their hair done or have lunch. Which is a lot less money than buying more of the dolls. They also have a tablet, but are asking for an iPod touch, because everyone has one.... I feel like they should keep up with technology, but I'm tired of buying expensive things. My oldest is earning her iPod touch on her chore chart. It will take almost a year. 



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by Queen Mom on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM
LOL no.
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kailu1835
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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Build a bear isn't that expensive. I got all three of my kids a bear and one outfit. I walked out at 30 bucks for each of them. Video games don't have to be extremely pricey either. All of my games were under 10 bucks second hand. American girl? A single doll can cost 130 bucks. Not happening.
alexsmomaubrys2
by Ruby Member on Aug. 5, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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My kids have a lot of expensive toys but they are not entitled or elitist. They understand that they are lucky for everything they have. 

My DD's AG Dolls are hand me downs. 

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