When we found out we were having a boy, I freaked out. I hate football culture (men getting drunk, cursing and swearing, players pretending to be in great pain etc), I know close to nothing about Chess, I can’t even differentiate between a Porsche and a Lamborghini, and I don’t think I can name more than 5 different types of dinosaurs (ok, 3 actually). Thank goodness Theodore has a Papa who’s
slightly more knowledgable than me in those areas.
I’m convinced raising a boy requires a lot of energy. Or maybe it’s just Theo’s constant need for thrill and excitement. Or there’s a worm in his bum because he wriggles so much. Anyway, having a boy got me thinking – should boys play with toys which are stereotypically girls’ toys? In this case I’m referring to a kitchen set.
I’m saying a boy should own a kitchen play set. One day, boys grow up to be men and they’ll have to cook for themselves (or their families). If they’re going to own the real thing in the future, what’s wrong with starting them young with a kitchen set? A set like this helps children build motor skills, communicate, take turns by sharing and so on. They learn skills which both boys and girls need to have in life.
Similarly, girls should be given the opportunity to play with a toy tools set. Let’s be realistic – one day, they’ll leave home with a tight budget and end up buying cheap IKEA furniture for their first rented place.
The kitchen set is great! When I’m in the kitchen with Theo “supervising” me (bless this boy for not letting me out of his sight!), I do a pretty good commentary of whatever I’m doing. During playtime, I “remind” (since he probably doesn’t really remember me doing any of it) him of what Mama does in the kitchen using his kitchen play set. It has opened up a whole new world of conversations!
I definitely do not think that a kitchen set is too girly for Theo. Neither do I think it’s going to make him gay or less manly.
Do you let your child play with toys that stereotypically are associated with the opposite gender? Why?