Selecting Toys to Avoid Stereotypes
Do the toys we buy our babies end up influencing how they grow up seeing themselves as girls and boys? An article published online by the National Association for the Education of Young Children gives some insights into which toys are best for all kids and which just foster stereotypical behavior.
The article quotes from an interview with Judith Elaine Blakemore, a professor of psychology at Indiana UniversityâPurdue University. Her primary research interest is the development of gender roles.
Blakemore says that boy toys tend to be âfightingâ toys while girl toys are more about âappearance.âÂ She says that toys that avoid these gender stereotypes are much better at developing childrenâs âphysical, cognitive, academic, musical, and artistic skills.â
As parents and educators, we can gear our children toward netural gender based toys to foster their development and try to teach them that toys are playthings based on the love of play. At an early age, creating a non-gender bias can enrich your childâs whole development and raise them as individuals that learn understanding toward each other.
In what ways would you like to see your children understand gender differences without stereotypes?
Kristi Gilbert also known as The Robot Mommy started blogging after successfully getting her son to eat by talking like a robot. She then transformed into said robot and has been writing about her familyâs adventures ever since. Inspired by her infant daughter, imaginative toddler son and supportive husband, she documents life as she knows it: chaotic, coffee soaked and filled with awesomeness.