Has there always been a severe line of separation between boy and girl toys? Or is my newfound appreciation of Redefining Girly helping me to see the obvious that has always been present?
I shopped at a local Toys 'R Us last week. I was searching for a toy or book, as both Chloe and Connor had birthday coupons. They were good coupons, too. $3 off a $3 purchase! I looked at the books. I looked through the wooden toys and puzzles. I searched for the play food. Not sure if I walked right by it or if I was blinded by the pink and sparkly displays...but I headed up to the counter to ask where it was located. The store employee told me it was on the girl side of the store. What? They refer to the store as girl and boy sides of the store?
So I guess I will not allow my son to play with toys or my daughter to play with trucks. No more wearing Princess shoes, Connor. Chloe, stay out of the dirt.
Maybe I'm more sensitive to it because I'm raising boy and girl twins. I am not pushing Chloe to play with dolls, nor am I stopping Connor to play with them. Connor has actually taken more of an interest in dolls than Chloe has.
Am I being too sensitive? Not sure I'll ever know that answer. I do know that I'm not the only parent who notices the severe and obvious line drawn between traditional boy and girl toys.
I also realize there is no right or wrong way to parent. Your parenting style may not be right me, but it works for you. And that is OK.
What am I not OK with? Spending my free money at a store that supports the girl/boy line of toy separation. Childhood is a time to explore, play and enjoy life. If that means that Connor will play with dolls and dress up in a princess dress, so be it. Chloe is more than welcome to wear a tool belt and carry a hammer everywhere.
What did I do? I walked out of the store, coupons still in my purse.
Wonder if Melissa will take my coupons?