A scientific guide to navigating the world of gendered toys without screwing up your kid

Developmental psychologists and parents worry about toys because toys matter. “They are how children learn about themselves and the world around them,” said Christina Spears Brown, author of Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes. Every toy teaches something: Kitchen sets teach complex sequencing; dolls may teach nurturing an

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Miss 4 and Master 2 have both shown signs of disregarding what they perceive to be the wrong gendered toy. “I’m not playing with that, doll’s are for girls”. My son, at 18 months would happily dance around in a tutu, now at 2 he will only wear superhero costumes. I find this very interesting as these gendered ideals have come from external sources, either commercial marketing or from their peers.