Growing up I was never a girly girl, I had a tomboy sister and lots of boy cousins so playtime usually involved, cars, dinosaurs, trains and getting muddy.
As I got older, I started to be influenced by the toys my friends had and the things I saw on adverts or in shops. So, then came the barbies, dolls and prams. I often wonder if I didn’t have those influences what would I have chosen to play with…
I now have a 2 year old son and I try to keep an open mind about what toys he chooses to play with, although his dad has different opinions and doesn’t like seeing him playing with ‘girls’ toys. Why can’t he push a pram? His daddy pushes him in a pram and one day he may be a dad too.
I also have a niece who is a similar age and I get frustrated whenever trying to buy her toys or clothes, as everything in the girls section is pink! I personally don’t own anything pink, as I don’t like the colour, but why should she only have pink as an option?
Surely, we shouldn’t stereotype our children at such a young age and we do it even before they are even brought into the world…
There are campaigns that are trying to change the way manufacturers and shops market and design toys and clothes to make them less gender specific. Please sign their petitions!
“Let Toys Be Toys is asking the toy and publishing industries to stop limiting children’s interests by promoting some toys and books as only suitable for girls, and others only for boys. Toys are for fun, for learning, for stoking imagination and encouraging creativity. Children should feel free to play with the toys that most interest them.
Isn’t it time that shops stopped limiting children’s imagination by telling them what they ought to play with?”
“Let Clothes Be Clothes was founded in late 2014 by Francesca Cambridge Mallen & Ruth Lopardo, thanks to introductions from campaigners at Let Toys Be Toys who realised this pair needed more to do with their time. Both felt a campaign challenging gender stereotypes in children’s clothing was long overdue, and with the help of fellow campaigners and volunteers, started to look at how to tackle changing the way retailers in the UK design and market children’s clothing.”
To help support this I will be posting links to websites where you can buy unisex clothing and toys, share ideas and tips on kids fashion and share playtime ideas to help open up kids imaginations.
For now take a look at my Pinterest account, which has boards on unisex kids fashion, toys, kids bedrooms and party ideas!