The issue of gender stereotyping, or gender socialization, has garnered a bit of attention recently, since the news story broke about a Canadian couple who opted not to share their baby's gender with hardly anyone - even the grandparents.
While that's arguably extreme, the concept of gender socializing, learning cultural roles according to one's sex, prompted discussion by some parents with Patch about whether they should encourage less traditional toys for their boy or girl, and how they should react if Billy wants to play with Barbies or Jenny, with her amazing speed, wants to try out for football.
It may be an easy decision to paint the baby's room yellow, but how do you address your kindergarten son's wish to join his sister's ballet class?
Therefore, this week's Moms Talk question: How do you, or do you not, socialize your child according to his or her gender? Why?
Previously, this column has addressed a number of potentially sticky parenting issues such as social media and cell phone use, and we've gotten some great feedback.
Here's a a quick look at some of our past questions:
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