The boy with the pink bowl!

Last weekend we started back at our swimming lessons. Little man was moved up to the next class so he was noticeably one of the smallest children in the class.

With this in mind, he still did incredibly well and only had a couple of tantrums throughout the lesson.

In the lesson we had to get the children to pour water over their heads with a bowl that they pick up off the side of the pool.

One little boy, who must have been nearly 3 picked up a pink bowl, and then put it back and said no.

The mother then continued to comment that pink is for girls and ended up picking a blue one for him instead.

It made me a little sad. Why is gender stereotyping still something that we have to deal with in this day and age?


Yet we are all a little guilty of it. I wouldn’t buy a pram and baby for little man to play with, I would choose a tractor or cars for example.

Yet, if he was playing with it at nursery it wouldn’t bother me at all. It is good for children to play and explore all different toys and games while they grow up. I certainly wouldn’t stop him playing with dolls, or wearing pink.

pink pram

What I found sad about the situation I found myself watching on Saturday was that the toddler even said no to the pink bowl. It wasn’t just the choice of the parent.

He should be too small to really think about what is traditionally seen as a boy or a girl colour – yet he must be being brought up to think that pink is for girls and blue is for boys.

Toddlers should be exploring new surroundings and games – not worrying about silly gender stereotypes.

So it is up to us as parents to let our toddlers loose on the world. To figure out what they want and what they like.

Pink bowl or not….

Busy Working Mummy XOXO

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8 thoughts on “The boy with the pink bowl!

  1. I wouldn’t mind my son picking a pink bowl. He’s never really been interested in dolls and prams so I’m not sure if I would have bought him those. But he’s always been into washing machines and hoovers so has toys ones, some might think that’s girly I suppose x #bestandworst

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  2. We let my son carrying around his siser’s pink My Little Pony for weeks. We thought if we concentrated on it that it would make a bigger deal out of it then it was. He liked it. Nothing wrong that. The next week he carried his trains around non stop.

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  3. I think the colours actually used to be reversed and that boys wore pink and girls powder blue. I believe it stemmed from men wearing red military uniforms and the softer version of this is pink and same for women in the house. I can’t quite remember. Our sons favourite colour is red and if it’s not available he’ll pick the closest colour – even if it’s pink and that’s fine with me! Thatchamdad did a great parody of pretty in pink too! #bestandworst

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  4. Both of my son’s had a toy pushchair and a doll. My littlest loves pink and also has several Disney Princesses and a couple of castles. We don’t have boys’ toys or girls toys, they are all just toys. My older son had a few years where he balked at pink but now he is 16 he is past that and owns a few pink shirts, which go down well with the ladies! #coolmumclub

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  5. I totally agree – my daughter wants to wear the “boys” pull up nappies with cars but loves to do ballet and I’m totally cool with that. I let her do, wear and be what she wants without unleashing any preconceived ideas on her. You would have thought we would have moved more forward these days eh? Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub lovely x

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  6. My kids are so lucky, having one of each they have boy and girl toys which they BOTH play with no judgement from others.
    I love the fact that J (my son) will delve into My Little Pony while E (my daughter) will run around with dinosaurs and angry birds. They both stick to gender stereotype favourite colours but as nobody is watching other than us they are happy to play either side of the gender fence.

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  7. I wouldn’t mind Alfie picking up a pink bowl and sometimes he chooses to eat of a pink bowl, he also sometimes put Elarna’s headbands on which he find hilarious. I don’t stop him, what’s the point he is just finding his own way in the world! Thanks for linking up #bestandworst

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