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    If he wanted to, then sure. My DD chose a blue bag for school. The other kids said ' why do you have a blue bag? That's boysy.' she replied 'because I like it'. And that was the end of it.

    I know its easier for girls than boys, but I also think kids can be more accepting than we give them credit for, if given the chance (especially when young).

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    I would, but if he really didn't want to I wouldn't push it. I would only remind him that colours are for everyone pink= only girls and blue= only boys is silly.

    My 3yo DD's favourite colour is blue and her favourite toys were her dinosaurs and cars - well, it was - until everyone came along exclaiming, "why are you wearing that/playing with that? That's for boys! Eww!" and already she has started gravitating towards the pink, girly stuff she was never interested in before. So annoying. I don't mind what she likes and the same will go for my son, but I will always give them the choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothChick View Post
    That's because girls that are tom boys are generally accepted by kids at school, boys that are girly aren't. Im not saying girls that have blue lunch boxes are tomboys etc, but that's what kids will think.They can be so cruel.

    Its more accepting for a girl to have a blue lunch box than it is a boy having a pink one.
    DD5 was very proud of her new shoes and loved them very much. She wore them all through the hollidays, and then wore them to school (prep) only to be tormented by the boys in the class, because spiderman is for boys. Girls cant wear spiderman shoes. She was so distressed that I had to buy her different shoes.

    I really didn't agree with it, but I didn't want my daughter to suffer for a principle.

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    Only if he wanted to take it.

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    Only if he wanted to take it. I would not make him if he didn't. Kids can be cruel unfortunately.

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    I probably wouldn't, unless he was dead bent on having it & was going to throw a massive tantrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Only because we make it so. Kids are taught this crap, if nobody taught their kids this stuff they would be none the wiser.
    Since having a child I don't totally agree with this statement.

    I agree that this happens with colours such as pink v blue but I have seen with my son that it doesn't necessarily apply with toys.

    We have never suggested to DS that there are boy and girl toys or that he should only play with one category of toy but from the first time he could select something to play with he has chosen the stereotypical boys toys. This was before he was influenced by tv and peers and yes he had a range of gender specific and non gender toys placed before him.

    I do believe that society plays the major role but based on this one example of my son I also think that there are some inherent traits/interests that are different in boys and girls.
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    My son LOVES pink and Im not going to tell him "No, pink is for girls".
    His 2nd birthday cake was pink (tried making it red, but it didn't work out well lol) and he thought it was fantastic.
    It's only kinder. I would have no problem giving it along. You can always put some real boyish stickers or something on it if you want

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    I thought pink was trendy for men at the moment. Seems to be pink shirts and jumpers in the shops.

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    I would if he liked it and was happy to take it to school. DD1 has had kids comment negatively on the food that she likes to take to school because it is different to what is considered 'normal' but we just have a laugh about it and she hasn't asked for anything new. She's also had a kid at pre-school tell her the board shorts was wearing were for swimming not for pre-school. She was quite upset by this so I explained that they were for swimming or 'dry play' and the next week she asked to wear those shorts the day that other girl came to pre-school, marched right up to her, told her you could wear board shorts playing and that was the end of it!
    I don't think DS would get teased badly where my kids go to school if he had a pink lunch box. Anything like that is dealt with immediately and it's all over before it even began. Any comments that were made we'd talk about and if they persisted we'd get the teacher and principal on board and it would all be over.


 

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