Thursday, 7 November 2013

Should Boys Play With Girls Toys?

After having my daughter Summer there have been a lot more pink, girly toys around the house and I've noticed that Riley has been wanting to play with them too, one of my friends gave me a little pushchair and a doll to put in it and when we first got it Riley would spend ages pushing it around the house and putting his toys in it to take them for a walk and some people thought he shouldn't be playing with it which raised the question should boys play with girls toys? 

It's one of those questions that seem to have people divided down the middle, half the people I ask seem to think boys playing with girls toys is wrong and the other half think it's fine. I'm of the opinion that if it makes my son happy then he can play with girls toys all he wants. 


For example Riley loves watching Peppa Pig which is considered more of a girls tv show so we got him the Peppa Pig Deluxe Play House from Argos and he loves it, he likes to make Peppa and George jump in muddy puddles, have a bath and then put them to bed in their bunk beds. It's a great little house with lots of accessories and when he's finished playing with it it folds up nice and compact with everything stored away inside. 


I really don't think it's a big deal if boys play with girls toys or vice versa because I'm pretty sure Summer will have lots of fun playing with all of Riley's toys, children need to explore and try different things, it's not fair to tell him that something is off limit because it's pink. As long as my children are happy and having fun then that's all that is important to me.

What do you think? Do you let your son play with girls toys?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

XXX

7 comments:

  1. Totally agree with you - as long as they're happy, where's the problem? Playing is all about learning and frankly kids are happy to play with a cardboard box so why does it matter!? Great post!

    Jess xo

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  2. I hate the way toys are so gender specific. If they're happy and they're playing what does it matter? My little girl loves her digger truck just as much as she loves her dolls and pram. Toys are toys. It's the parents who make a big deal "oh he's a boy he can't have a pram" who are the problem. Not the toys.

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  3. Harry's favourite toy is his own dolls house I bought him for his birthday

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  4. having got one of each there is a cross over with playing! son less keen on sister's girlie stuff now he is 7..

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  5. I don't have boys but my girls play with boys toys....My youngest loves Spiderman, toy cars all the toys associated with boys....

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  6. I think it's totally fine! As long as the child is happy, who's to say they can't? A lot of silly parents think it'll influence their kids "negatively" and actually believe it can turn their sons 'gay' or make them too feminine. I used to love playing with boy's toys as a kid myself and I'm still a total girly girl! :)

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  7. I was actually gonna write a post about that myself coz of something I saw out the other day!

    I think its fine and it should absolutely be encouraged. Girls toys are traditionally the ones that encourage a more nurturing and sensitive side, and I think its important that this is brought out in boys just as much as in girls - looking after babies, playing home, etc - why should that not be ok for boys?

    Its always annoyed me how a girl playing with cars is fine but a boy pushing a pram gets a raised eyebrow :/

    xxx

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