There has been much ballyhooing in the mommysphere about the new Dora all grown up. Based on just a shadow many fretted and worried that her pre-teen shadow was just too sexy. The wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth has gone on as parents stressed that letting a cartoon character and toy grow up a little just might be a slippery slope for our children into sex, drugs and teen pregnancy. Of course we as parents should be paying attention to what influences our children but could we have gone a little overboard on this? Then Mattel and Nickelodeon bowed to the uproar and released the image of the tween-age Dora.
Is she sexed up? Is she really trampy?
Perhaps it is because I am the mother of teenaged and tweenaged girls but all I see is a cute cartoon rendering. I see nothing sexy nor am I worried that Dora growing up a little bit is really going to lead to the downfall of my tweenaged daughter. After all, I am a bigger influence in her life than Dora the Explorer is or was back in the day ten years ago when Jodie was one of her biggest fans.
Like Jodie said when she checked out the older Dora, “Well you know we can’t be preschoolers forever, Mom!”
:::sigh::: out of the mouths of babes…