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Is it OK for boys to play with girl toys?

October 10, 2011 - Kristy MacKaben
I'm not as neurotic about this as Scott, but I confess that I don't love Johnny playing with Barbies and princesses. Julie came first, so our house is obviously filled with everything girly and frilly and every imaginable shade of pink. These things are just completely irresistable to Johnny and Scott has a fit. As soon as Johnny meanders towards a Strawberry Shortcake house, or gently strokes a baby doll's hair, Scott immediately finds something "boy" for Johnny, whether it's a block, a car, or a hammer. It doesn't matter. The other day Johnny was sporting Julie's pink cowboy hat, so Scott ran out to Walmart and bought him a manly black cowboy hat. I, on the other hand, don't care too much if Johnny happens to be playing with dolls while I'm cooking dinner or doing laundry...anything that will keep him entertained (as long as it's not a light socket) is OK at that point. But, I probably have a tiny bit of an issue when he consistently grabs the My Little Pony over the Cars racetrack. I know that seems sexist or whatever. I just think boys need to play with boy things most of the time. I'm sure a lot of moms will think I'm nuts because they want their sons to play with dolls to be more sensitive, and they're OK with painting their sons toenails as a form of expression. Remember that mom last Halloween who allowed her son to dress up as Daphne from Scooby Doo (pink high heels and all)? I would never be that mom. Ever. I just think that's insane. I just want my little boy to play like a boy (at least most of the time.) What do you think? Is it OK for boys to play with girl toys? Take our poll below.


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