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Monday, February 27, 2006

Phobias about gender stereotypes tend to beset dads more than moms, and parents are more worried about boys than girls. Boys are supposed to be strong and rugged, so parents want to make sure they raise their boys able to throw a perfect football spiral while working a bandsaw and smiling rakishly for the cover of Esquire. Dress a boy in pink, or let him play with Barbies? Sacrilege!

I learned a while ago that boys and girls for the most part are genetically predisposed to want what they want, regardless of what they're exposed to. One time, when Robert 16 months old and we were at the playground, a three-year-old boy cruised into the play area in his toy black pick-up. This thing was tricked out with a steering wheel, a driver-side door, and a drop-down tailgate, and all the other kids flocked to it almost immediately. Interestingly, though, the boys began reaching through the windows, trying to wrest control of the steering wheel; the girls, in contrast, started slapfighting over who could ride in the back.

Robert was one of the kids who threw himself through the windshield, and I remember how shocked I was that he would show this kind of tendency so soon. I always figured he's obsess about cars when he was 16, but I thought that meant years, not months.

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So, true. The Boy (3 1/2) has begun to express the opinion that pink is for girls and blue is for boys. Yet, throw a pink BARBIE car at him and he's all confoozled! It's a car... yet... it's PINK. What to do, what to do!

Posted by: Wicked Stepmom | Feb 28, 2006 10:59:43 AM

We have 5 kids, with the 6th baby {boy} on the way... What I don't understand is why is it not ok in this world for a child just to be a child, as perfect as they are? To a toddler, they have no prejudice, they can play with anyone, why can't we grow up to be adults and be the same?

Sorry, just throwing my two cents in, take it for what it's worth. I have only been around here a few days or so.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 28, 2006 12:21:38 PM

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