The Importance of Listening to Our Son When He Asked for a Maplelea Girl


With the holidays creeping up quickly I want to take a moment to discuss the importance of listening to your kids when they show interest in something. It will be the difference between your gift being tossed in a toybox and being played with often. I have lots of experience with buying my kids toys I want them to like–easily seen in our toy room that has pristine toys from 8 years ago. 

With four kids you can bet your bottom dollar that the toys in my house are getting played with until they fall apart. There is not many that can be donated as one of the kids does find interest in them. Our toys are shared and it is only certain toys that “belong” to certain kids, and they are far and few. Our girls play with Hot Wheels, Nerf, and Superhero Imaginext sets and our boys have tea parties, play dolls, and dress-up. I always thought that I was open-minded when it came to our kids and the way they chose to live their life. My oldest daughter happily wears her older brothers hand-me-downs, Spiderman decals and all, and it makes me beam with pride. When our oldest son asked for a Maplelea doll last year for some reason we just put his request on the back burner thinking it was a fleeting thought. In the back of my mind though I think I was scared of what buying him a doll would imply. 

Maybe he was a “girly boy”, that it would cause him to be bullied, or that others would tell us it would make him gay<–I dare someone to say this to us because I have been mentally preparing for this for a long time. 

So we kept saying no, even though he kept asking.

And then it hit me.

What was I teaching him by saying no to him wanting a doll?

He is the older brother of two sisters who are loved and nurtured by their father. He takes care of them, brushes their hair, and helps them get dressed in the mornings. He is such a good parent and my son just wants to mirror his father. And why shouldn’t he be allowed?

So this year he got his beloved Alexi Doll from Maplelea that he has been reading up on for over a year.


Maplelea Girls

Maplelea Girls are as Canadian as dolls get. They are the really well-made dolls that are more geared towards older children (6-12+) who can properly take care of them and appreciate them.  Each girl is from a different region in Canada and they have a multitude of hobbies, likes and habits. The wide array of stories these seven girls possess make it really easy to find one to match your childs. And if your child wants to start fresh and find a doll to represent them you can be sure one of the 27 Maplelea Friends will be there to fill the space.


Each doll comes with a 64-page journal which has their story in it with room for your child to make it their own. With each outfit you buy you get additional pages to put into your journal as they all symbolize an event or chapter of the doll’s life. Maplelea offers pets, play sets like a stable and gymnastics set, clothes, and furniture for their dolls. They even have options to buy matching outfits for your child and doll because what could be better than that.

During the year you can also join Maplelea at their pop-up shops and events. Every weekend in December you can bring your doll with you to the Maplelea shop at Yorkdale Mall for a Tea & Craft event. It’s truly the little things that bring the joy. maplelea

My son fell in love with Alexi from the moment he first saw her*. No surprise as he has Toronto pride more than any other kid I know. I like that he has taken the time to learn her interests and he takes pride in her and her appearance. In the mornings he gets himself dressed and then makes sure she has a new outfit as well**.

If you would like to purchase a Maplelea doll for your child you can do so on their website or by visiting their seasonal shops, currently at Yorkdale Mall. You can also connect with Maplelea Girls on Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube and Twitter.maplelea

You can watch Darius’ unboxing video here. He also shows the Doll Tote in the video and the “Art of the City” outfit which he calls the Toronto outfit. If you would like to check out another doll in the series called Leonie head on over to see Emma’s unboxing from last year.

THANK YOU to everyone who took time out of their days to give this guys video a like and comment. He is so happy and I am blown away at the kindness of all of you. XOX


*My son is into dark-haired beauties.

** Emma has a ton of clothes for Maplelea. She shares with her brother and for Christmas she has wrapped up some of her fave outfits for D to have. I basically cried ugly tears for a whole evening when she told me what she did.

Make sure you check out the rest of our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Posts!

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D received product to perform his review and unboxing. All opinions are our own
Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Sara vartanian
    December 8, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Bravo, mama. Parenting is hard. Love this post so very much.

  2. Treen Goodwin
    December 8, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Amen Sista , kids know what they want even if sometimes its hard to understand it , its really important to listen to them 🙂

  3. Lynda Cook
    December 8, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    This was a great post and video, he is going to make a great boyfriend, husband and dad, be very proud of him, it’s not everyday you hear of a boy asking for a doll!!

  4. kristen visser
    December 8, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    That is absolutely amazing!!! I am so happy to hear he has a love for dolls and that mommy gave him one. 🙂 such a strong boy he is. And who wouldn’t love those dolls. They are amazing and love all their different personalities

  5. Angela september
    December 9, 2016 / 9:41 am

    This is great! It shows what a good example your hubby is setting and of course he wants to follow!
    My son is obsessed with stuffed animals and he carts them around like all the little girls in his class and I say why not? If they make him happy and we get our money’s worth from the toy then even better

  6. Victoria Ess
    December 9, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    This is great! The dolls are amazing and should be loved by any child who wants to!

  7. Angela Mitchell
    December 16, 2016 / 2:12 am

    I love it! There’s nothing better than getting to see our kids be their true authentic selves!

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen
    April 16, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    I love this post. When I was a kid this would never have happened. I do think that boys should be able to have a doll if they want, no one bats an eyelid if a girl wants a woodworking kit. I’m sure your son will grow up to be a wonderful man and father 🙂

  9. Janine a
    August 22, 2017 / 7:34 am

    This is great! My son is two currently and I would do the same for him, thanks for sharing

  10. Sue Bee
    April 19, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    I am an elderly, disabled lady who is enjoying a second childhood more than the first one. I have just ordered Saila from Maplelea. This beautiful Inuit girl is now on her way to Oregon, here in the USA to visit her Nez Perce pen-pal, Kaya”aton my. I am sure they will enjoy some snowshoeing together in addition to horseback riding, hiking, and photography! And yes, I think it’s about time that kids got a shot at just being kids – the way you are letting them. Don’t regret my years of climbing trees, hiking, HAM radio, riding and photography. Kids need to be given the chance to have some dreams along the way, even as they grow to become responsible adults. Thank you for giving that to them!