As a society, especially in the western world, we are so driven by the unwritten rule of the society that we don’t even stop to think before following it.
I was surprised and annoyed when one of my friends commented that Chhori has boy’s toys like cars, trucks and buses.
But this is not the first time I have heard such comments. When Chhori was a baby, I had her dress in onesies which was had blue stripes and someone commented on Facebook, “How cute is the baby boy”. I don’t know this person (friend of my friend) but just by the colour of the clothes Chhori was wearing, she judged the gender of the child.
I have to admit, Chhori’s wardrobe is full of pink outfits but she also has blue dresses.
In the same way she has dolls but she also has cars and trucks. She actually plays with cars and trucks more than dolls at this stage.
She may turn out to be a girly girl in the future but I still want her to make her own decision on what toys she wants to play with, not just dolls and dress ups. It is my job to try to expose her to a wide range of toys, games and activities so she doesn’t get ideas that certain interests are only suitable for males or females.
I think it is not appropriate to tell children what their interests should be. If they are never offered the chance, a child may never find out if they enjoy a certain toy or style of play.
Do you agree with me? Please share your opinion about gender division of colour, toys and games for children.
Take care everyone,
M from nepaliaustralian