Building confidence in children is difficult if you have not built it within yourself. Standing up for oneself and being confident in one’s opinions makes you a good role model for your child as he or she builds those same skills. Several strategies can help your child build confidence. Being confident yourself, avoiding raising your… Read More How to Build Confidence in Your Child
Hasbro has recently been called to task for excluding Rey from a special Star Wars: The Force Awakens edition of Monopoly. Nolan Rampy uses this exclusion as a jumping off point for examining gender stereotypes and toys. Rampy’s article includes interviews with John Marcotte, founder of the nonprofit Heroic Girls, and The Mary Sue contributor… Read More What happened to Rey?
Even when offered the choice of playing with either a doll or a toy truck, girls will typically pick the doll and boys will opt for the truck. This isn’t just because society encourages girls to be nurturing and boys to be active, as people once thought. In experiments, male adolescent monkeys also prefer to… Read More Hormones Explain Why Girls Like Dolls & Boys Like Trucks
As parents, we do our best to open the different possibilities for our children. We stock our baby’s shelves with all kinds of toys, from baby dolls to tractors and everything in between (read: gender neutral). So why is it that our little princess always reaches for the dressed-up dollies, and our young firefighter pulls… Read More Why Girls and Boys Play Differently