Pattycake Doll explains Cyber Monday (plus 15% off!)

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What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday got its start back in the day when everybody’s home computers were so slow, what with dial-up and all, that people waited until they came to work on the Monday after Thanksgiving/Black Friday to use their much faster work computers to buy their gifts.

To encourage those online shoppers to come to their stores first, retailers started advertising special deals on that Monday, and they still do.

But for us at The Pattycake Doll Company, Cyber Monday was never the biggest day of the year. For us the Sunday 2 weeks before Christmas has always been best.

But so many people shop before that, that Addie and I really don’t think it’s fair to reward only the last minute shoppers… especially since some of our most popular dolls will be sold out by then.

So in addition to our everyday Free With Purchase Coupon offers (here’s that page if you’ve never checked it out) we’re offering a four day special coupon sale of 15% off your entire order for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

Enjoy, and thanks, from Addie and Peter and The Pattycake Doll Company.

PS: All you need to do is drop the word CYBER into the coupon code box at checkout, and you’ll get the 15% off.

Why Dolls Still Matter

If somebody tells a lie, and it gets repeated enough times so that everybody starts to believe it, does it make the lie true?

I’m in the doll business, I sell dolls for children at The Pattycake Doll Company’s website.

The big ‘lie’ that ‘s troubling me is this:

“Traditional toys are dead. Children today want electronic toys.” Over and over and over again – in many different variations – this is what my industry is talking about.

Apps, Laps and Tablets. Mobile games, Interactive this and interactive that. I can’t begin to tell you how many toy companies make toys that they hope will appeal to today’s kids by trying desperately to find a way to ‘get them to a website,’ where they can register a name, or join a club etc etc.

The funny thing is, that when we were raising my kids the lie was T.V. Kids weren’t ‘playing,’ because they were stuck to the T.V.

Today kids aren’t ‘playing’ because they are too busy with apps and games on the internet.

But here’s the truth:
You can’t hug a laptop.

LittleGirl with doll

 Apps are not very cuddly.

And as far as I know,

No baby wants to sleep with their arms around a cell phone.

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“William’s Doll” Every cliché in a book

William's Doll Cover

“William’s Doll” by Charlotte Zolotow is basically a book of cliches.

But that’s because it was written in 1972. In 1972 they weren’t cliches, they were a new kind of wisdom. Too bad it didn’t take.

The Pattycake Doll Company sells a lot of boy dolls, and dolls for boys. But not as many as we should, considering the population of boys in America. Too many people still believe the cliches:

If you give a boy a doll he’ll be a sissy. If he doesn’t become a sissy, he’ll be called a sissy (bullied).

Dolls are for girls. Not boys. Train sets and basketballs are for boys.

Boys don’t have the urge to protect and nurture.

Almost as much of a cliche in the book is that it’s ‘Fathers’ who don’t want their sons to play with dolls.

That’s still true. There are a lot of guys who worry about that stuff. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of Mommies  who worry about that stuff too.

At the end of the book William’s Dad – outraged that Grandmother has bought William a doll says: “He’s a boy!…He has a basketball and an electric train and a workbench to build things with. Why does he need a doll?”

William’s Grandmother answers with a smile: So that he can practice being a father.”

If you’re reading this blog, the odds are pretty good that I’m preaching to the choir. But the message hasn’t changed.

Should boys be allowed to play with dolls?

Of course!

It’s one way they can learn to become good fathers.

The Goldie Action Figure

Does doll play lead to career choices?

The New 'Goldie' action figure from Goldie Blox™

The New ‘Goldie’ action figure from Goldie Blox™

Goldie Blox is an interesting toy company wrapped around an assumption. The assumption is that if you create toys that ‘teach’ “engineering, spatial skills and problem solving,” (with a target market of girls), that someday, there will be more women engineers and scientists. And they’ve just released a new doll (and wicked smart marketing campaign) to augment their assumption. I hope they’re right.

But I don’t think that they are. One man’s opinion.

I don’t think that toys, or children’s play in general, leads to career choices, or lifestyle choices or any other kinds of choices.

Boys who play with and nurture boy baby dolls don’t automagically become gay.

Black children playing with white baby dolls don’t become white. Or suddenly lose their self esteem.

Girls who grow big breasts as women don’t blame it on playing with Barbie.

I just don’t think it works that way.

But what I do think happens, is that doll play opens a child’s eyes to possibilities and opportunities.

Boys who play with and nurture baby dolls may see themselves one day as caring and loving fathers.

Black children playing with beautiful Black dolls can believe themselves as beautiful too. The example is right there in their arms.

And children playing with the new Goldie doll may imagine themselves to be as smart and interesting as Goldie. And that’s a good thing.

Our Memories of Dolls

The Most Wonderful Doll in The World Book CoverThere is wonderful little storybook, written in the 50’s about a little girl who is given a doll as a gift, and promptly loses it.

And as she recounts her sorrowful tale to the various people in her life, Aunt, Father etc… in each re-telling, the doll becomes more and more wonderful… embellishment after embellishment.

The charm of the book, and it’s appeal, is how true it is to a doll lover like myself. In my memory, EVERY doll is so much better!

Recently I was describing one of my favorite dolls to a friend, and boy did I embellish!

By the time I was done you would have believed that this particular doll was designed by Leonardo DaVinci, dressed by Coco Chanel, accessorized by Tiffany, could cook a five course meal and part the Red Sea.

Just like that little girl in the story, my memory of the doll was so much better.

But you know what?

I’m fine with that.