Ever heard the saying "boys will be boys?" Boy Scouts of America is not a fan. Based on the most recent 2015 Boy Scout manual, boys in the organization are no longer allowed to have play water gun fights or throw large water balloons.Read Full Story
Lately, my 4-year-old son is obsessed with one of his sister's toys: a sweet baby doll her grandmother gave her when our youngest son was about to join the family. Charlie plays with her, talks to her, makes her dance and, as boys' play tends to include, he sends her head-first into a carefully configured line of cars and trucks. The images can be a little unsettling — after all, baby dolls are meant to be cradled and cooed to, right?Read Full Story
Society — through marketing and mainstream media — seems intent on stuffing children into outdated, traditional gender boxes. Head to any department store and you'll see what I mean. Aisles of (usually boring) blues and browns when it comes to boys while the girls' side is all pink and frilly. The toy aisles aren't any better.Read Full Story
Halloween is right around the corner, and with it comes the epic search to find the perfect costume. I am secure enough to admit that I am less than crafty, no matter how much I dream of being Martha Stewart's protégé. So, that means we usually trudge to the local store to rummage through the costume offerings. And that's where the real frights begin.Read Full Story
My son loves to flip through costume catalogs like they're magazines. He can spend hours rifling through them, commenting on every single costume. Around the time he was 5, he started to notice the difference in offerings for boys and girls when it came to costumes... and it wasn't just about pink and blue.Read Full Story
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