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I keep shoving that Dora chick in the kids’ closet and my daughter Dylan keeps pulling her out. Frankly, it’s scaring me a bit every time I unexpectedly run into her. Am I just a wimp or does this Dora doll look a little crazy and unstable?

And this girl doctor doll isn’t much better.

What is with the hair on these ladies? I understand this one is busy with all her hospital rounds and patients but a gal shouldn’t let herself go like this. I mean, a little maintenance on the doctor pigtails for gosh sakes.

Speaking of a tad scary, yesterday we shunned the posh playgrounds and headed to one that’s a bit rougher around the edges. There are always bored teenagers hanging around with their thongs hanging out of their rhinestone studded, low cut jeans. Loitering is a very popular hobby at this park.

Guys playing basketball nearby introduced my girls to fun, spirited phrases like, “F**k, you suck b**ch.” As we all know, you are never too young to learn useful sports terminology. Basically, it’s the kind of place you’d like to have your ass-kicking-wing-woman-Dora around once the sun goes down.

But the upside of all this urban exposure is very few children come here (what red flag? I don’t see a red flag.) so Dylan never has to wait for a swing…

And that’s pretty awesome. Plus, I rarely ever find drug paraphernalia on the ground.

Speaking more on the topic of awesome and less on drug paraphernalia, I hope all you rockin’ moms have an awesome mamas day.

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35 Responses to dora the explorer needs a stylist

  • Becky says:

    You are hysterical!

    This is one of those times I'm glad I have a boy so there are no creepy psycho mass murdering bad hair Dora's lying around. I'll take C3PO and Anakin Skywalker any day!

    Happy Mother's Day and thanks for the continual laughs!

  • Memarie Lane says:

    Jessamine's Dora has helmet head, but you should see her American Girl doll. Oy.

    Replace the teenagers with rusty old equipment and homeless men pooping under trees and you've got my neighborhood park nailed. Which is why we don't go there.

  • MiniMoi says:

    Come on, out with it! You really want Dora to have streaky hair just like you, don't you now? ;o)

    I can't handle how ugly some of these dolls are – I bought my daughter her first (bald) baby doll recently and I made the decision on which one looked less ugly! And it was a close call!

  • MiniMoi says:

    Oh, and don't get me started on scary youths in the park. Our local park is the lovely leafy Primrose Hill in London – home to celebs like Jude Law and Jamie Oliver. Yet the park is 'littered' with scary hoodies (really scary guys in hoodies) all of whom have vicious looking dogs. I mean, how I am supposed to raise my little urban babe to not be afraid of dogs if every time we see a dog I literally head for the hills ….?

  • madge says:

    Is that really Dora or some super scary alien? why do they do that with doll eyes? seriously. you need to take her to the playground and just hold her up like a crucifix if any one comes near you.

  • Francesca says:

    I'm sorry. But children have to wait for a swing in the city? How long? And what kind of que is there? Do kids cut in line or is it all organized like the tennis courts in Central Park with sign in times? Out here in LA, I don't think any child waits – but then again, I've only been a mom for 6 months.

  • sam says:

    yes, most scary doll ever. and i always say, never too young to get street wise. but can we talk about hair again? the photo of dylan on the swing with the most beautiful long, blonde wavy hair shows EXACTLY the hair i would just DIE to have!! great hair is wasted on the young…

  • Kristen M says:

    To solve the scary hair issues… we only have hairless dolls. They must be newborns or something. My girls don’t seem to know that difference. We almost left one of them at the Mall of America this morning. So grateful for the Gap saleswoman who found her before we had left the store. Yippee!

  • Aah, the dolls, we own Dora as well. My oldest has an American Girl doll, we are constantly brushing her hair, so she doesn't turn into your exhibit #2.

    We have so many parks around us, there is never a wait, but sometimes we have your run of the mill bored suburban punk kids!

  • Kristin says:

    the way you were talking, I was waiting for you to say Union Square Park! I can't wait for the renovations to end – probably mid winter- when we really need the outdoor space! ; )

  • janna says:

    I love lavender. πŸ™‚

    And happy mother's day!!

    I told Dennis that I remembered that you wanted some alone time one mother's day. Last year when Abby was a newborn, I thought that was crazy. This year, all I want is some alone time & my car washed. πŸ™‚ Now I know where you were coming from. Now I'm pocketing all your wisdom. πŸ™‚

  • When my kids were small, I took them to an "urban" park to play once in a while, because I missed upstate NY (where they were born). It's very "white" where we live. Hopefully, they won't be worse off for it; I grew up here and turned out okay (I'm pretty sure! πŸ™‚

  • Holly says:

    Heeeyyy…. I've been to that playground. Or one like it. Wait — no, it was the moms whose thongs were peeping above the low-rise jeans…..

  • calikim says:

    How is "doctor doll" ever going to win the heart of McDreamy with THAT hair. Help a girl out and give her your stylists name!!!

  • Aimee says:

    That was SUCH a freaken FUNNY post! Dora needs to meet chucky and make babies! VERY freaky that doll is!

    And how about that "sports" terminology! (I laughed out loud) ..that is going to be GREAT when your daughter has gym someday!

    The teacher will be thinking "That Kelcey sure must have a mouth on her for her kid to speaking like that" πŸ™‚

    (by the way–good for you "roughing" it at the playground)

  • Lanie says:

    I think the American Girl store has a hair salon for dolls. Maybe Dora and the Dr. Doll can make appointments there (unless it is an American Girl Doll exclusive salon. . .). Happy Mother's Day!

  • Michelle says:

    I thought we had all of the Dora dolls out there but apparently that one did not make it's way to the Target here in S. Fl or I promise Grandma would have found it!! Happy Mother's Day Kelcey, you're a rocking and adventurous Mom!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for keepin it real! πŸ™‚

  • Jacki says:

    What is it about toddlers and their doll's hair? Emma's dolls and Barbies all have nappy hair.

    Ooops, can I say nappy?

    Oh, and Happy Mother's Day!

  • Beth B. says:

    Soooo funny, even though those pictures are scary, I still miss out on the whole doll thing with three boys… I have lots of cars and superheros instead… I think the doctor doll wins the scary contest.

  • If you're ever in the middle west (just a short 3-hour drive from Chicago), Dylan's welcome to run our paths and play in our sandbox and swing on our set . . . and not wait in line. Though she may be forced to hold a frog or look for worms.

    You're loved and admired and would never be dumped here!

  • Di says:

    I kind of look like Dora today. Haven't showered since sitting by my friend's pool yesterday. Slept the sleep of the pre-menopausal adding a sheen of sweat to my Brit Style pasted hair. Returned to bed for a nap…it is mother's day. So please be a little more understanding of Dora…at least for today.

  • janny226 says:

    We've seen so much weird Dora stuff that my 5-year-old now says, when we see a new Dora item, "People will buy Dora anything." (I said that after we saw the kitchen. Why is there a Dora kitchen?? She cooks in, like, 1 episode, right? Needless to say, I have a boy. One who does not like Boots or Diego.)

    I'm impressed you knew where to put the comma in the snazzy teenager phraseology. We have some helpful teens like that out here in Forest Hills also, though my son has no qualms about bossing them around.

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