“Mum…. that man said that boys don’t play with dolls, but I do.”
My almost four year old wasn’t upset when he overheard a stranger say that boys don’t play with dolls, he was bewildered and I think on the verge of going over there to correct this man’s obvious miss-information.
Because he is a boy, and he most certainly plays with dolls. In fact, he has his own doll (called Doll Doll) who he sleeps with almost every night. And, even his little brother has a doll, so obviously boys DO play with dolls.
He plays with dolls because we have quite a few of them in our house. Along with lots of trucks, Barbies, Legos, a doll’s house, an enormous train set and lots of other toys, none of which are labelled as boys toys or girls toys, they are for everyone.
He plays with dolls because it is a normal, natural, important thing for a young child to copy and act out roles they see adults in their life portraying. Because many men in his life take an active role in caring for babies and raising children.
He plays with dolls because he is learning and practicing social skills through co-operative dramatic play.
He plays with dolls so that one day he may be a confident, loving and nurturing father, uncle, big brother, friend or partner.
He plays with dolls so he is able to express his feelings, to love openly and honestly, and to know it is ok to show that he cares.
He plays with dolls because he can be anything he wants to be. Because he can choose freely and with confidence his occupation, hobbies and life path.
He plays with dolls because he enjoys it. Because it is fun.
Our boys play with dolls, and I am glad.
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