I must be one of the Illuminutty then, because that Playmobil Pyramid totally rocks. If my daughter was younger, I'd buy it for her in a heart-beat.
Christmas time for my daughter has always been an odd exercise in conscientious shopping. Thankfully my daughter has always had peculiar interests.
Since she was 7 she'd rather have High-Powered Rockets, Telescopes, Microscopes, Chemistry Kits, et cetera. When she asked me at age 10 for a Web-Cam
for Christmas I almost panicked until she explained that she wanted to build a micro-satellite to have launched into orbit and the Web-Cam had to be
Serial, not USB so she could hook it up to the components she was building. That was acceptable, as my first thought was that she was wanting to get
naughty with pervy old men online.
Now that she's 12 she'd rather have books...lots of books. Granted, she's into the same kind of books I read when I was her age...Neil Gaiman,
Graphic Novels, Vampire Novels, Manga, and such...but at least she's reading instead of vegging in front of an XBox360 or rotting her brain on
Parenting is by no means dead. My generation seems to take parenting very seriously, but we do have different parenting values than previous
generations. We take a more active role in participating with our children rather than leaving them to their own devices, or coddling them as
perma-infants for all of their life. Ever since my daughter could talk she's lead a Bachelor's life with her father. We drink beer (rootbeer for
her), eat pizza, and would watch Rated-R Zombie flicks, and then talk about it afterward. She's enjoyed the privilege, since age 3 of being treated
as an equal, regardless of her age...and she's more mature for it (although as a self-aware, responsible, grown-up kid). We do Science Projects
together, and share mutual interests together. The thought of telling my own daughter to do her own thing and keep herself busy is a foreign concept
to me, even though I was raised that way. Instead, I take an active role in keeping aware of what my daughter's interests are, and our time together
is spent revolving around projects that promote those interests. If I need to get something done that can't involve her, I just wait until she goes
Still, the thought of sheltering her from hidden messages in Toys is something to be concerned with, but I don't think of it the same way as most.
Illuminutty symbols are fine by me (especially if they are pseudo-Egyptian, since my major in college with Archaeology/Papyrology/Egyptology) and even
Coke bottles showing up in a book are fine by me too...but I'll never get my daughter a Barbie Doll or a Disney Movie if my life depended on it! When
my daughter went through her short-lived Doll phase, we got her Laura Croft (from Tomb Raider), Elektra, Selene (from Underworld), and Princess Padme
(from Star Wars) dolls. I'd rather my daughter be self-empowered and self-confident than have a negative body-image and learn to be shallow and
co-dependent to an emotionally detached pseudo-gay Ken.