No Way Is My Son Pushing A Stroller!

PARENTING | | February 4, 2009 at 8:26 pm

In a world that clearly has (different) expectations of boys and girls we are constantly bombarded by what is appropriate and what is not. The man interviewing a woman and thinking “I wonder if she can work late nights or has kid issues” did not just pick up those notions. How we are taught (by accident or intentional) from childhood certainly shapes the outlook we have of our fellow brothers and sisters.

As important as it is to have females believe their world can include anything they want, it is also imperative that we do not trap males and allow them to freely express affection and emotion. As we choose toys for our children let us not just allow those catalogs to tell us that boys need trucks and girls need dolls. Without any argument I will agree that each sex automatically gravitates to different types of toys, but lets not force the issue or close the horizons. Broadening our children’s perspectives will lead to a broadened generation. I remember at a playdate a mom relating how much her sons loved doll houses but their grandparents would have none of that so they settled on a barn.

Since when is the display of nurturing a female only thing? My daughters love their trucks as much as they love their dolls. On another playdate a mom noticed how her son loved pushing the doll stroller at our home and mentioned to her husband that they should get one one, to which he responded that “No way is my son pushing a stroller“. She smartly added, “Why? Don’t YOU push a stroller as well?

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