I played with toy cars, trucks and Lego when I was little.
Barbie dolls and dress ups were also part of my playtime fun.
I hated the colour pink and rode a black BMX bike.
I played netball, backyard cricket and touch football too.
And it’ll certainly be a mix of toys in our house that’s for sure.
My darling daughter already has a toy truck, soccer ball and lawn mower in her play area.
Some might say these particular items are boys toys and are targeted that way.
But honestly does it really matter whether boys play with dolls and girls play with trucks?
I don’t think so and I’m guessing neither do a lot of other people.
But there’s been a bit of hype in the news lately about a political party asking parents to avoid gender based toys this Christmas.
The idea being the potential to set gender stereotypes from a young age with the possibility of life altering impact.
Think gender inequality, domestic violence etc.
Come on, really??!!
It almost feels like we’re stepping back in time.
But we’ve come a long way to start going backwards.
Now at the tender age of one, my gorgeous girl doesn’t know any different and she’s happy to play with whatever is on offer.
In time we’ll probably buy dolls of course if she wants them but Lego, toy cars and trucks will also be on offer.
She can be anything she wants to be and we’re not going to stand in the way of her dreams.
It’s important to remember to let kids be kids.
Let them play with whatever toys they want, have a favourite colour that goes against the grain and just get on with life.
And don’t even get me started on all the drama over removing video games from the shelves….