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Mom creates breastfeeding Barbie doll to show kids true nature of motherhood
Mothers are the most hardworking and amazing women alive. It's a title worth celebrating.
Michael Dabu
05.18.21

Children are used to seeing perfect-looking dolls. Rosy cheeks, pouty red lips, beautiful figure, long silky hair, glamorous dress, and much more.

They would never settle for a flawed doll.

This is because their perception of this type of toy was already set to a certain standard of perfection.

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But what if they are introduced dolls that are unlike anything they’re used to seeing?

How would they feel if they see a doll with no makeup, messy hair, a crumpled dress, fat eye bags, stretch marks on its tummy, and breastfeeding a baby?

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It might scare or startle them, one might think. It’s definitely something you wouldn’t expect kids to enjoy playing with.

Doll artist Betty Strachan is creating dolls that reflect a more honest image of motherhood.

She’s giving kids and even grown-ups a glimpse of what motherhood really looks like in real life. We can’t blame her since Strachan is a mother too.

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She has three children herself and she can pretty much relate to her doll creations. Her idea, though, is something that both parents and kids will definitely have second thoughts about.

Given their young age, children have little to almost no knowledge about motherhood. Some people might also say it’s too early to introduce kids to motherhood. Showing them the reality about mothers may somehow change their way of thinking at some point.

Is the idea worth giving a chance?

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I am a parent myself (a dad) and I find these customized dolls awesome in more ways than one. Yes, I may agree that it’s too early but it will still boil down to how parents will introduce motherhood to their kids.

These dolls show how mothers look while doing their tasks as parents and it’s something parents, particularly moms, shouldn’t be ashamed of.

Mothers are the most hardworking and amazing women alive, it’s a title worth celebrating.

It’s the parents’ task to give children a meaningful explanation of a mother’s role not only in a family but in society.

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Strachan is doing an exceptional job when it comes to being true.

Her dolls depict the daily tasks of a mother to her children and she’s making it as hyper-realistic as possible.

She doesn’t plan on sugarcoating what motherhood really is. She’s doing it because she’s proud not only of her doll creations but also because she is a mother.

Turns out, Strachan also has other talents like sculpting. Apart from dolls that look like mothers, she also accepts other customized doll designs from her clients.

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Hyper-realistic babies, students in uniform, couple dolls, families, best friends, and more!

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You name it, she does it! She’s making a miniature of people from all walks of life.

She’s not just making “toys” but she’s also a source of inspiration to people who are having a rough patch in life.

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And why should the idea be questioned if its only goal is to show children what it is like to be a mother?

I think there’s nothing wrong with that, and I mean nothing.

Being a mother is not just a title but a lifetime commitment to taking good care of children and loving them unconditionally until you take your last breath.

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To see more of Strachan’s creations, feel free to visit her Instagram and Etsy shop.

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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