I’m THAT mom. I’m the mom who prefers to buy clothes for my daughter in colors other than pink and purple (she often says that she likes “all of the colors”). And I’m not really a big fan of princesses, Barbie dolls, fake make-up kits, and the like, especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Sure, they play a role in kids’ play patterns, but they aren’t the ONLY toys a girl should have. I don’t even believe they should make up the majority of toys. Instead, I want BOTH of my kids to have plenty of nurturing toys (dolls, cooking sets, etc.), but I also want them to have plenty of building toys, things that move, and things that challenge you to think (puzzles, gears, science kits). Basically, I don’t want to send the message to my daughter that her role in life is to nurture others and that she should ignore her natural curiosity about how things work. And it’s not me who is forcing her in one direction or another. Most of the battles after Christmas this year were due to her trying to “steal” Bug’s new toys. She likes things that DO something. She plays with them in different ways, but she still enjoys them. We did switch things up this year, however. She got a lot of building toys, trains, and other goodies from us and Santa. And it was Bug’s turn to try to steal them from her!
Anyway, with all of that in mind, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I fell in love with the kids in this video. It’s a documentary about gender stereotypes from some elementary school kids and they’re a pretty savvy group: