Watch This, Do That: Barbie

If your kids are too young for the new Barbie movie, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve all been waiting for the Barbie movie to come out for months, even years, since it was first announced. Every mother was excited to show her kids a glimpse into the life of one of her favorite Mattel toys, Barbie.

Unfortunately, the movie does not seem like the right fit for younger children, although teens and tweens may actually enjoy it. It is rated PG-13, so use your discretion.


Things to talk about with your teens and tweens after seeing the Barbie movie:

  • It is important to always be yourself. You shouldn’t change the way you are for other people. A lot of the other Barbies got manipulated by the Kens, while Barbie (Margot Robbie) was in the Real World. Barbie was appalled when she came back because none of the other Barbies were acting like themselves.
  • Consent is extremely important. In the movie, one of the guys at the beach smacks Barbie on her behind and she punches him. It’s important to talk to your children about how no one should touch you without your consent.
  • It’s great to be independent and know who you are as a person. Ken (Ryan Gosling) always clung to Barbie (Margot Robbie). He would base his emotions on how she treated him or looked at him that specific day. He didn’t know himself and therefore, didn’t know what to do without her. It is important for you to tell your children that these types of relationships are not OK. You should not depend on other people to tell you how to feel or act.
  • Be honest with your struggles as a woman and as a parent. The part in the movie where Gloria (America Ferrera) talks about how women are expected to be perfect as women and perfect as parents still gives me chills. It’s important for you to show your kids that you don’t always have to have it together. They will feel like you’re more relatable and feel comfortable talking to you when they have these types of feelings, too.
  • Follow your dreams. In the movie, the Barbies all had different careers, including an author, a doctor, a lawyer, a Noble Prize winner and even President! Barbie shows kids they can be anything they want to be.

Movies for you to watch with your kids instead of Barbie:



Follow along as a young girl’s “Eve” doll comes to life. It’s a Disney channel movie based on Barbie starring Tyra Banks and Lindsay Lohan.



See a young woman from the fairy-tale land of Andalasia come to the real world in New York City in this Disney movie. You’ll see it go back and forth between cartoon and a live-action musical.

Princess Protection Program


Watch Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in a Disney Channel original movie that’s about a young girl whose father’s job is protecting royalty. He enlists his daughter to help the princess blend into her world.

Wizard of Oz


Follow a girl named Dorothy on her journey home back to Kansas as she makes her way to the land of Oz to meet the wizard to help her.

The Princess Diaries


It’s a story about a teenage girl who finds out she is a princess. She has to learn how to become a princess, but still stay true to herself and the people important to her. It stars Anne Hathaway.

A Cinderella Story


It’s a story about a teenager in California, who like Cinderella, has an evil stepmother and stepsisters. She falls for the cutest boy in school, her prince charming, but she is nervous that he won’t like her for herself. It stars Hilary Duff, Chad Michael Murray and Jennifer Coolidge.

Barbie-themed activities:

  • Create your own Barbie box and dress up in your favorite Barbie outfit. Use the directions to create a Barbie box by Simply September.
  • Make Barbie pink-themed popcorn and have a movie night. All you need is popcorn, white chocolate and food coloring. Mix it all together. You can also get edible glitter if you want to make it extra special.
  • Choreograph a dance number just like Barbie did with your friends and family.
  • Barbie and Ken loved rollerblading and going to the beach. Try those activities with your friends and family.
  • Print and color these free Barbie coloring pages from Mom Junction. Afterward, give your Barbie a name and even a story.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.


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