It’s like Barbie meets Lara Croft…

Being a mum to one girl and three boys can sometimes make it challenging for the girls to stand out, so we stick together in our household.

I’m incredibly proud of all my children, as any parent would be. Today, though, I find myself reflecting on my daughter, who’s eight but often seems wise beyond her years, like she’s already eighteen.

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She’s a unique blend of Lara Croft and Barbie, torn at times between the two personas. Lara Croft is strong, intelligent, and adventurous, always ready for action in her combat gear. Barbie, on the other hand, exudes glamour and femininity, with her signature pink and glamorous accessories.

Barbie has faced criticism over the years, often stereotyped as more appearance-focused than brainy. As a child, I was steered away from the brand, but my daughter’s love for Barbie has made me reassess. Watching the newer Barbie movies with her, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Barbie embodies kindness, intelligence, creativity, and resilience – qualities I see in my own daughter.

My daughter embraces both sides of herself – she loves dressing up and playing with dolls but also enjoys getting muddy in her boots and being active. She’s equally at home in heels as she is in trainers, showing a confidence that’s free from arrogance. I admire her willingness to try new things and her fearlessness in being herself.

Last summer, her Lara-and-Barbie blend led to a humorous mishap when she wore heels to an event with a climbing wall – definitely not the most practical choice! Since then, we always pack a pair of “sensible shoes” so she can channel her inner Lara whenever she wants.

I love you, M.


  1. Ahhh bless her I love it. She sounds like me I grew up on a farm in the country and now I adorn the makeup and heels and you wouldn't know but you can take the girl out of the country (for me quite literally) but you can't take the country out of the girl. I still love to climb trees and get dirty and have a good time as much as getting dressed up and shopping girlie style. A mix of both is good. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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