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.
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