FYI...I found a couple new blogs/sites that I like and I'm adding them to the Me Likey list at right. One of them is Mommy Trackd and I found a cool list of books called The Anti-Princess Reading List.
Don't get me wrong, I love princesses. But it is, in fact, nice to see girls asserting themselves over things other than a date with Prince Charming and jewelry.
While we're talking about gender stereotypes, I have some questions.
1) Were you a tomboy? Girlygirl? All boy? Boy in touch with his sensitive side?
2) If you have kids, where did they fall on that spectrum and did you do anything to encourage them to step outside their little box?
My kids seem to be hard wired for gender stereotypes. Sweet Pea is very petit, she wants to wear dresses all the time. She is shy. She doesn't play rough. Her favorite toys are dolls, her pretend kitchen, dress up clothes, etc. She loves to help me in the kitchen and begs to clean the house. Sweet Will on the other hand is, at 7 months, about to outweigh his 4 year old sister. He isn't choosing GI Joe over Barbie or anything, but I can already tell that he is more physically aggressive than she ever was.
They are who they are. Obviously. I'm certainly fine with that. Just want to make sure I'm using my mommy powers for good. So any feedback anyone wants to give on encouraging your kids to be well rounded is much appreciated. (And solicited. I'm soliciting parenting advice. Me! Take advantage of it!) :)