blame the media for its messages andtoy makers for their products. Thefact is, parents, teachers, child-careprofessionals, health-care providers andeven religious advisers all influencegender attitudes.
Parents can also choose (or help theirchildren choose) toys and pastimes thatdevelop a range of skills, interests andlearning goals that are part of being awell-rounded person.
Kids are perfectly able to figureout their identities without adultspushing them into preconceivedgender stereotypes.
Children thrive when they areaccepted, supported and can becreative—and that includes with theirgender identity. It’s healthy and creativeto mix a little glitter in with the lightsabres, or have robots and dinosaursattend the princess ball. |a