The New Barbie Dolls for 2012

This article is about the toy called the Barbie Doll which your daughter might be into but it is also for those moms out there who grew up with Barbie and also kind of like to keep posted on what is going on with the American doll.
For 2011 the Barbie company is now putting out a Grace Kelly Doll. This Doll is wearing the dress that Grace Kelly wore in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window. This is a simple dress with a v –neck bodice and full calf-length white chiffon skirt. The Barbie wears long gloves, black strappy shoes, a sheer shawl and a necklace of pearls. This Barbie is also perfectly coiffed with blonde hair capped back into a bun with a clean face and bright red lipstick. She also comes with fat little pearl earrings which were also a trademark of Grace Kelly.

The Mattel Company has also made a Twilight Saga marriage couple. Mattel has been making dolls that appeal to Twilight Saga movie fans since 2009. They have made an Edward and Bella. The Edward 'groom doll is wearing a classic tux with a white bow tie son white boutonniere. The Bella doll wears a slinky satin gown with a huge flare at the thighs and a floor length veil.

Mattel is also putting out Walking Suit Barbie. This is part of the Fashion Model collections and show Barbie attired for a day out in a 1950s hounds tooth checked shirt with a shawl collar. She wears a white shirt, black stockings and black pointy toed shoes.

Mattel has also made a Dancing With the Stars Paso Doble doll weari9ng a classic red dress with a black and red lace top and long satin skirt. Hoops in the dress link the skirt to the doll's hand so she can look like she is twirling when displayed. She is also wearing earrings and a gold bangle. Her long furious looking curled hair is tied to the side in a cascading gypsy knot.

Another Dancing with the Stars Barbie is the Waltz Barbie which wears an elegant long flowing gown. This dress has a skirt with three ruffles and a silvery trim that lines the bodice top. The pink and silver bodice is fitted and has long cut out pink sleeves. She is blonde with short hair and wears an elegant silver choker.

Many of these dolls are slated to be released for sale to the public in March and April 2012.

My Kid Wears Baggy Pants

OK. Enough already. I have tried and tried to understand but I'm at the end of my rope. WHY does my son wear his pants half pulled down?!

Let's run down the checklist. Does is look cool? NO. Is it practical? NO. Is there any good reason for it? NO. Why is this happening?

I've challenged my teenage son by pretending I'm a mugger and start chasing him. He invariably ends up tripping face first because he simply can't run with his pants pulled half down showing his grimy underwear that he changes monthly whether he needs to or not.

Can anyone explain this phenomenon to me?

I buy him pants that are capable of being worn around the waist and secured with a belt. He chooses to wear his belt six notches loose and pull his pants down so they sit on top of his hips. Should I just buy him smaller pants that won't fit that way? Should I stop buying him pants?

Seriously, what if he had to run for his life? He can't. Without coming out and telling him he looks stupid how can I convince him he looks stupid?

Maybe I should start wearing my pants in the same fashion. As a mother I know that the best way to stop a teenage behavior is to mimic it. If mom does it can't possibly be cool. I might have a little trouble getting my husband on board with it as he has resigned himself to the fact that our son is simply stupid and beyond help so he won't embarrass himself for a lost cause. He'd rather just explain to his buddies that he has a stupid son.

So I've decided, I'm going to fight fire with fire. I haven't accompanied him to school for years but I'm going to start. And, you guessed it. My Levis will be worn at the half-hip level with my spaghetti thong prominently displayed for all to drool over. Yes, I have a great rear and all his friends are going to start seeing it. I really hope this shames him enough to start pulling his pants up.

The next step will be to start walking him to school bare breasted, I understand that's legal now.

As a last resort I think I can talk my husband into walking with us wearing nothing but his boxer shorts and sandals.
No easy answer but I welcome any suggestions. Game on!!