A Dollhouse for the Modern Girl
Do you ever wonder about gender roles with your children’s toys? It’s something I think about often. My firstborn is a boy, and when he was little, I intentionally tried not to buy toys that were overtly “boy.” Of course, reality set in, and trucks invaded our house. I loved the trucks and loved his passion for them; I just didn’t want to be the one making the distinct choice that trucks were for him. He chose them instead.
Now that I have three girls, in addition to my son, I am also very aware of “girl” toys. When I found out I was pregnant with twin girls, I nearly had an allergic reaction to the color pink. (Despite that pink was my favorite color as a young girl.) I hoped to give my girls exposure to more than the stereotypes of that are often thrust upon little girls.
I have watched them grow and each take on different personalities and interests. One loves Legos and sports, another craves unicorns and sparkles, and the third is obsessed with pink. (Of course!) I have learned, through them, that you cannot predict what will captivate them. I’ve since revised my goal to providing them with a wide range of toys — girly toys, boy toys, and toys that know no gender.
I recently came across this very cool dollhouse. It seems to be a perfect mix. It offers creativity and open play with magnetic sides, and it isn’t overtly girly in natural wood, but it does appeal to my inner girl with the arches and details. I think my son would love to build with it as much as my girls.
What toys do your kids love regardless of gender?