Growing up I cut off my Barbie’s hair. I would rather play with cars and trucks and wrestle than wear a skirt or own something pink.
I never even liked the color pink…I think because it was too “girly” and I wasn’t at all.
Josh and I have always said we would let Finn play with whatever he wanted to…dolls or construction. He has a couple dolls and recently he was gifted a bunch of baby stuffed animals that he calls his “babies.”
Once I was teasing Josh about him having to buy me a princess dress and Finn said he wanted a princess dress too.
The other day we were picking out some games.
Finn: Not that one…that’s for GIRLS.
I understand our society is a powerful force that I can’t fully understand. He’s getting these ideas of what is for “girls” and what is for “boys” from places we don’t even realize.
I never expected him (at 3) to refuse a game because it was too girly.
Have you dealt with this issue? If so, how? I try to tell him there are no “girl” things and “boy” things (but obviously there are…he’s not stupid). I tell him he should choose based on what he likes not anything else. He still tells me he likes pink and purple…but I’m wondering if that’s just a matter of time.
And I wonder what the consequences of this are for the long term…