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Let the boy play with Barbies!

A mom emailed our virtual mailbag: wondering if she needs to take away her son's new toys....

My son just turned 5 years old. He's had lots of friends in pre-school, both boys and girls, but this year he has pretty much completely stopped playing with the boys and is only interested in playing with his little girl friends.

On top of that, one of the little girls recently left some of her Barbies over at our house and now he plays with them 24 hours a day and doesn't want to give them back. He even told his father that he wished Barbie's clothes were big enough to fit him!

I don't really know if this is a phase or if I should intervene or if I'm even supposed to care at all.

Any advice?


Eric and Crockett were a little taken aback by the boy wanting to dress like Barbie, but if Rusty Fender can do it, why can't this innocent kid?

My cousin did the same thing when he was 5, insisting on wearing his mom's costume jewelry.  He would throw a fit whenever his dad would try to take the necklaces off him.  His mom would tell the father to let it go; he's just exploring.  That cross-dressing lil’ boy is now a well-grounded, respectable 23-year-old man who is in a healthy relationship with his girlfriend. 

...and I bet has no trepidation buying nice jewelry for his lovely lady!

Kids are sponges.  They want to learn and explore new things. A Barbie is not going to harm a boy; if anything, it will make them more inquisitive about girls.  

Just make sure you have that talk eventually with your son that MOST girls don’t grown up to look like her!

Give your son the Barbie.  And why stop there?  Throw in an Easy Bake Oven.  Who says I’m the one that has to be the cook in the relationship?!  Girls DO love a man that cooks.

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02/23/2011 10:17AM
Let the boy play with Barbies!
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02/23/2011 10:48AM
Also, if you look at historical context, human kind has a looooong history or men wearing jewelry and fancy clothes, and lace, and embroidery, and even (for a bit) high heeled shoes. I think it's only been a relatively short time that guys have been relegated to a boring wardrobe due to perceptions of "normal" as opposed to limiting factors such as wealth. I've never seen anything wrong with boys liking fancy stuff. Why not?? : )
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