For those who know our boys know they love sharks, trucks, tools, wrestling, digging, climbing, and play hard. But we also embrace them learning about their world.
We are a non gender specific home.
Immediately I know I am getting some emotions and reactions to that specific quote. Because somewhere in society boys and girls are told wether it was appropriate to play with specific toys because of their gender.
My boys also have a doll, pretend food, and a doll house. They even cook and bake with me. We live in a world of babies and homes which they may learn to take care of down the road and these are not gender specific.
When we take away doll houses dolls and pretend cooking stuff we take away life lessons boys need to learn.
There was some time where roles such as cleaning, cooking, and taking care of babies was taken away from men and put on women. When in reality it’s just part of being an adult.
We live in a world where dads do not know how to be dads because it was once the women’s roll to take care of the kids and the dads are simply physically there. They would go to work and their day would be done. This was taken from them.
Thankfully society is in a shift where both parents cook, change diapers, work, play with the children, help them with school, and take them fun places.
I’m gonna give you a few examples where we would get side glances. I have fun fairy wings and angel wings that my boys go around wearing sometimes.
Boy bugs have wings. Boy birds have wings. So when I put on wings they are not being girly they’re just playing. We are taking away the curiosity of children by labeling things too early.
Child: “I want to fly like a bird, or bug.”
Adult: “Those are pink, or sparkly they can’t wear those.”
Child: This is shiny and pretty. It looks fun.
Adult: You can’t wear a ring that his a flower cuz it’s girly.
Minnie Mouse show:
Child: Minnie show is fun.
Adult: that’s a girl show.
This is adult content going into children. When in reality children aren’t complex. They are simply curious about their world.