One of the things I hear often while my daycare kids are watching television is “That's for GIRLS” or “That's for BOYS”.
I played with all sorts of toys growing up. We lived out in the country so I was outside most of the time - hiking, building forts, playing in the dirt, etc. But the toys I played with varied from Barbie dolls to baby dolls to big trucks and Hulk Hogan figurines! It didn't matter that I was a girl and played with “boy toys” and it didn't matter that my best friend at the time (who was a boy) played “house” with me using baby dolls and play dishes! We just PLAYED.
In my daycare, I have toys that anyone can play with. If the boys want to play with the baby dolls and pretend to feed and burp them, I let them. If the girls want to play with cars and trucks, I let them. To me, it doesn't matter what the toy is. As long as the kids are having fun, I let them go.
So instead of worrying that our boys are going to grow up being a “sissy” because they play with dolls, or a girl is going to grow up being a tomboy because she loves toy trucks, just let them be. Let them use their imaginations and have fun. Let them learn how to be nurturing but tough. As long as they're playing and using their imaginations, let them go!
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