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    Default Gender specific toys and your thoughts?

    Ok, so we've just passed Christmas and all of my nieces got either or all of the following:
    *dolls
    *prams for said dolls
    *bassinettes for said dolls
    *an oven
    *an iron and ironing board
    And more.....very female related toys.

    So my question is this:
    In a generation where our mothers and mothers mothers have fought for equal rights and for women to be thought of as more than just the household cook and cleaner, why do we push our own daughters to believe this is what their life is about? Cooking and cleaning?

    This isn't a bash thread, or $hit stirring session, I'm just keen to hear everyone's thoughts on this subject.

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    Default Gender specific toys and your thoughts?

    I have a boy and a girl so they both play with all toys.

    People will buy what they buy, mostly because its 'cute' or its what they like. I see nothing wrong with it, I just try to buy more gender neutral stuff myself.

    Having said that, my son loves cars and my daughter loves makeup and pretty dresses..... Nothing I do or buy will change that!

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    We don't do gender specific toys in our family. I have boys and they have a toy kitchen, prams, dolls, pink things, my son even has pink shoes because pink and green are his favourite colours. I don't think anything of it. They also have dinosaurs, cars, trucks and trains...all of the typical 'boy toys' that are marketed at little boys - I have never pushed my children towards certain toys. I buy them toys that I think they will enjoy playing with, and toys that will enrich their play experience. My eldest adores dinosaurs and has been fascinated with them from the very start, however my youngest son loves sitting and cuddling his dolly, and pushing it around in the pram

    I thought it was sad that we had visitors over Xmas and they bought my boys a toy wheelbarrow each and bought my toddler niece a pink handbag. She just wanted to play with the wheelbarrows! In the end my Dad went and bought her a wheelbarrow too, and she loves it
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    Default Gender specific toys and your thoughts?

    I can't stand gender stereotypes. I tell DD regularly that toys/ colours/jobs are for everyone.

    DD got lots of Lego for Christmas, when my grandma commented that she thought Lego was for boys, DD gave her a huge lecture lol.

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    I hate that everyhting is either pink or blue! i always end up getting the 'boy' option.

    My DS loves tea parties, dolls, and dressing up in his tutu, my DD loves riding her bike and dinosaurs and cars, not a big deal to me. My DH gets funny about it though - he didnt want me to buy a doll house for DS for his birthday, so i just spent waaay too much on an awesome plan one for DDs bdayas I know he will love it too

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    Default Gender specific toys and your thoughts?

    We won't be buying gender specific toys for our kids.
    I only had a few barbies growing up but my brothers played with them more than I did! And I used to play with their cars under the house in the dirt and build tracks and bridges and such.
    One of my brothers 'adopted' a discarded doll of mine and would t let it go for such a long time
    We all made mud pies together and this involved both getting dirty and 'cooking'.

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    Default Gender specific toys and your thoughts?

    I understand the dolls prams and cradles as my DD's love pushing their dollies around and putting them to bed etc but MIL gave DD2 a set for xmas that included a toy washing machine, ironing board & iron and a dustbuster.... Thats taking it a bit too far

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    DS is exposed to all toys, has a toy kitchen as well as a work bench and has had a doll in the past. However, all he wants to play with is the stereotypical boys action figures/cars etc

    He will mention that barbies are for girls and his latest craze monsuno's are for boys but I always correct him and he is starting to agree that everyone can play with whatever toys that they want.

    Provided kids are exposed to all types of toys I do not see any problem with them gravitating to boys/girls toys.

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    I buy my DD's the toys they like playing with. For DD1 she loves dolls and girly toys. DD2 loves cars and trains and things like that.

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    ill admit im not one who cares about gendar things for my sons 1st birthday i brought my son 2 dolls the raggay andy and raggay anne dolls lol.
    tho i see where your comming from it seems like times never stop changing tho me and my df fight over this coz he thinks boys should only get trucks but he thinks its ok for girls to play cars but not ok for boys to play dolls and i think if there happy its fine


 

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