Since time immemorial, we have been conditioned as kids that dolls are “girl toys”, and thus boys shouldn’t play with them. Maybe you have also been dissuading your son from playing with Barbie dolls, which, in turn, can condition them into thinking that dolls are only meant to be played by girls.
The time for this kind of conditioning has passed, however, and parents should instead encourage their kids, regardless of gender, to play with toys they want to play with. A study conducted by the University of Western Sydney actually discovered that baby boys prefer playing with dolls rather than toy cars, saying that the babies held a longer gaze at dolls than at a toy car. Continue reading
Dolls are often considered as toys that are only meant for girls, however, children of both genders can actually benefit from having some fun playtime with dolls. This is because dolls can teach a lot to children, values and lessons that would greatly help them as they grow up. Here are some of them: Continue reading
Raising a child with autism can be daunting for parents. It can be just as hard or even worse, however, for the child’s siblings. Most of the time, the “typical” siblings deal with gaining their parents’ attention, which they sometimes perceive as unfair. Some feel embarrassed about discussing having a brother or sister with autism with their peers. Continue reading
Girls should play with dolls and boys should play with trucks. This belief is common enough that toy aisles in many stores are deeply segregated into items which are either for girls or for boys only. However, an increasing number of parents are letting their male children play with dolls as they realize the great benefits that the activity can impart on their growing man.
Dolls can help boys cultivate their nurturing side, which is often stifled due to gender stereotypes that discourage “feminine” tendencies in boys. Learning to take care of their dolls can translate into real-life situations such as watching out for their siblings and friends, or even being caring towards their pets and possessions. Continue reading