When my daughter was born, I was really concerned about the impact of having too much pink. So our crib sheets, high chair, and car seat were all neutral. It did not stop her from wanting her nails painted (mine never are), choosing pink as her favorite color, and pretending to be a princess. But still, she is an athlete #LikeAGirl, and loves bugs #LikeAGirl.
Meanwhile, my son is inundated by girl toys, girl TV shows, and pink. If he wants to play with his sister, it’s Barbies or princesses. And the dress-up games don’t end when it’s time to clean up – he doesn’t turn down a necklace.
He sees his momma and his sister putting jewelry on – why should my 2 year old be told that wearing purple beads aren’t #LikeABoy enough.
I’m confidant that interest in playing dress-up, playing pretend with princesses and babies are all just as gender-neutral as dinosaurs, bugs, and monster trucks.
Above all, I’m thrilled my kids call each other their “best friend” and love to play together, no matter what society says their toy choice indicates about their gender. #WellRounded