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How Barbie is Setting a Precedent For the Future of Play

Growing up, Barbies were my go-to toy of choice. I could spend hours after school recreating different scenarios with them. Sometimes they were storylines from movies and series I watched as a child, and sometimes I rewrote personal experiences. Fights I had with my friends or making my play session an emotional preparation for a party that was making me feel nervous. The storylines were endless and Barbies were, for me, the perfect vehicle to concretize my feelings, fears, anxieties, and desires.

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The Pressure to Bounce Back

There's pressure to bounce back after you've had a baby. You're supposed to get back to your previous shape---to fit into your wedding dress, to fit into your old skinny jeans. You're supposed to be just as productive and energized as you were before. You're supposed to be in a similar place emotionally. You're supposed to be calm and content.

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When You Fear Gaining Weight

Many of us fear gaining weight. In fact, it is a fear that's hard to avoid, according to Kirsten Belzer, LCSW, a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. Because in our culture, the number on the scale is so much more than just a number. It is so much more than a representation of our weight.

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Reflecting on Our Reflections

If you were asked to draw your face from memory, could you? Could you represent the lines, the moles, the marks? Could you describe the shape of your ears or your mouth? What about the precise hue of your eyes? What about the freckles on your nose? What about your cheekbones?

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