Theoretically I know how to change a tire. I’ve gotten about 3/5 of the way through the process before my uncle met up with me and finished the job for me. But I was on the right track. It was lots of elbow grease put into turning the lug nuts but it got done. My dad made sure that when I got my license I learned how to change a tire before I was set loose on the streets of H-Town. In middle school it was my responsibility to take all the trash out in our house. I also took woodshop in 8th grade. Are these boy things? Maybe. But seriously it just seems like something everyone should know how to do.
When I go shopping for my kid I purposely mix it up. I get tired of looking at everything available for little girls to be glittery and pink and say “Daddy’s Little Princess” or have some ridiculous sassy saying on the front. I get browns and grays and things with footballs and monkeys on them. I don’t get offended if someone questions her gender. She’s a baby. It’s honestly hard to tell with some of them.
My plan is to let her know that there are options available to her. She can be girly and a ballerina or like princessy things but that isn’t all that’s out there. She can like pow-pow-power wheels and teddy bears and fire up the grill whenever she wants. I think that if I had a son I wouldn’t force a ball in his hand from day one and I’d teach him how to cook or bake and clean like any person should.
Are there any typical roles from the opposite gender you spent more time perfecting? Are there any that you’re already good at? Anything that you wish wasn’t classified as for boys or for girls???