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June 15, 2017
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Dolls for girls, dinosaurs for boys. There, done. See you next month.
Oh please.

I’m the last person in the world who subscribes to such out-dated views. In fact, my son got a doll adorned with pink snazziness for his first birthday. The reason for giving him something that’s traditionally seen as a girl’s toy? Not because I went out of my way to show the world such stereotypes don’t matter (even though they don’t, it’s not 1927), but simply because he loves them. My son loves dolls, so he got one.

It’s been the same with his older sister and the toys she’s grown up with. Edie has developed into a wonderful, hilarious blend of a daring Jedi Knight and Arendelle’s favourite ice queen — she chooses to play with foam swords as much as fairies. Aside from the joy they get from simply playing, in my opinion, their toy choices are important in other ways. When Arlo plays with his doll he displays real sensitivity, kissing and cuddling it like it’s something precious. Equally, Edie’s love of play-fighting and climbing trees has really brought out her adventurous side.

My advice to any parents um-ing and ah-ing over what toys to get their kids, is to let them guide you; follow their natural interests rather than society’s dated views and toy stores’ dated signage. The main thing is that our kids grow up to be well-rounded, exploratory and happy, and whether they find that through a digger or a doll, frankly, who cares?

Jamie Day
@adayinthelifedad
Editor @FatherInc, Contributor @BritishGQ, Columnist @LittleLondonMagazine
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