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My son is almost four. He likes "boy" things like mud and blocks and trains but he also loves nail polish and tutus and glitter and getting his hair done and pink. We even painted his room pink because he asked for it. I'm totally okay with whatever he wants and support his likes and dislikes.
My daughter will be two in March and likes pretty much the same stuff as my son. But somehow it tweaks me out. Likes she's too "girly". At 15 months she already had a firm opinion on clothing and would reject outfits. She will, however, sit in the mud with her frou-frou dresses and eat bugs. I have, ashamedly, try to steer her into liking less gender-specific things.
Another thing that bugs me is we're now getting gender specific presents for the kids, and BuggaBoo gets creative stuff and flash cards and books and Doozer get dress-up princess stuff. And then BuggaBoo and Doozer are fighting over the dress-up and his present is forgotten. I've told people that BuggaBoo would appreciate dress-up clothes as well, but that's met with blank stares.
So, am I the only one who feels this way? I am trying very hard to change how I feel, but to see my daughter slip into preconceived gender roles is somehow disheartening. Like I did something wrong in her upbringing, like I pushed her into it.