Imagine being told you are wrong to like something. Now consider that we are sending that message to our kids every time we make gendered assumptions about them.
I admit I am guilty of that. Anya’s Christmas presents were a mass of pink packaging. She plays with the ‘girl’ dolls and toys on her own or on playdates, but what she likes best is playing Lego, or superheroes, or Minions, or trains, or cars with her big brother. Zach trashes everything but it is a train I try to put in his hand, not a doll.
Would I be different if Anya had been born first? Would it be her leading in games and making them more ‘home’ based. Matthew looks horrified at the thought of playing with dolls but will happily play with his Barbie sized Iron Man and Hulk.
Cheryl Rickman, 42, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to get her children’s book published to show children that all toys/clothes/colours/hobbies are for everyone and encourage kids to be proud to be all that they are: http://kck.st/2pUPIDk