As you may very well know by now, the best way for children to learn is through play. In that sense, there’s really no point in making toys gender-specific—girls can play with cars and boys can play with dolls, and both of them can learn real life lessons from the experience. After all, what’s wrong with portraying little boys as nurturers? If you’re raising a son, wouldn’t it melt your heart if he wanted to take care of a baby doll, knowing that it could potentially make him a great dad one day?
If you’re still having trepidations, don’t worry—boys play with dolls all the time. That G.I. Joe action figure that you let your little tyke play with? That’s a doll. If you think of it that way, it really isn’t much of a stretch to let your son play with an 18 inch doll, much less nurture his interest in caring for it.
You indulge the world your boy creates for his toys, can you imagine the type of world he can create if he plays with an 18 inch doll? Imagine if he’s loving with the doll and takes good care of it. Wouldn’t that make you a proud parent?