Friendly Debates with the Danielles: Gender Specific Toys

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Welcome to Week 48 of Friendly Debates With The Danielles!

Happenings of the Harper Household

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Gender Specific Toys:  Yay or Nay? What do YOU say?

Honestly, I say it’s not my choice. 

Instead it is Alleigh, Kaelyn, and Willow’s choice and in our house it has always been that way.  Just because we have a house full of girls does not mean the only toys you will find are “girl” toys like dolls, purses, pretend makeup and princess dress up clothes – though we have all that stuff too.  But we also have matchbox cars, John Deer tractors, monster trucks…. in fact the girls Power Wheels is a Ford F-150 – not a Barbie car.  And I love that my girls are so diverse.  I think it is awesome that they want to play out in the dirt with their trucks while wearing their dresses with their fingernails painted.


But you are probably wondering… “Would Mama Harper feel the same way if she had a boy?”  And guess what?  The answer is yes.  If I had a son and he wanted to play with a “girl” toy whether it be a doll, dress up clothes, or what have you that would be perfectly fine with me.  If we went to the toy store and he picked out a “girl” toy I would buy that toy. 

I really don’t agree with teaching kids “this is for boys and this is for girls.”  Instead they should develop their own interests, likes, and dislikes without the influence of adults telling them what is appropriate for their gender.  I would hate to think that I could possibly decide my daughter’s future by telling her something like “trucks and cars are for boys”….. all of my girls absolutely love cars and trucks – what if their dream was to go into a profession that dealt with vehicles of some sort, but I crushed that at a young age by telling them it wasn’t appropriate? 

All I know is in my house my kiddos can play with whatever toy they choose and it doesn’t matter to me if it is a “boy” or a “girl” toy as long as it makes them happy.  If their happy – then momma is happy…. well as long as they clean up those toys when their finished playing, hehe.

So what do you think?  Leave me a comment or link up and let me know.

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2 Responses to Friendly Debates with the Danielles: Gender Specific Toys

  1. We got a lot of flack from the in-laws when we bought our two year old a toy kitchen for Christmas. They quickly changed their tune when they saw how much he loved it and how much use he gets out of it every single day.

    I really hate how toys are MARKETED so gender specific. Cleaning and cooking stuff is pink. Cars are either macho monsters or barbie, etc etc. I did a research project on it in college and was pretty shocked how black and white they try to make things these days.

    In the mean time, Mason likes to take his dolly for rides in his shopping cart and two minutes later, hooks it to his truck and pretends it’s a trailer. Toys are toys!

  2. Beth Anne says:

    My cousin used to have barbies and GI Joes and they would get married. I can also remember my sister getting a HESS Truck for christmas.

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