NikkiZ has two pairs of sunglasses, so she can lend one to her brother, right? I mean…he’s just a bit over one. He has no concept of style and has no opinion about whether he should prefer more masculine accessories. In other words, he does NOT care if he’s wearing sunglasses with bows on them. Right?
I also use the same logic when talking myself out of buying the boy version of many things we already have girl versions of. Now, because we hoped to have more kids, we bought non-gender specific versions of many of the big items. Like carseats, strollers, baby seats and playpens. So, AndyZ has felt no stabs at his masculinity for those items. But, there are many things I have refused to buy because we have perfectly good items AndyZ can use that belonged to his sister. And he is too young to care right now, so I’m going to take that as far as I can. At some point he’ll be old enough to voice his angst over being forced to use his sister’s hand-me-downs. But for right now? I’m saving cash left and right by letting him use things she used.
Of course, many of them are quite girly. Like her dishes. He has been eating his dinner off a Strawberry Shortcake plate, his breakfast out of a My Little Pony bowl and his favorite sippy cup has Tinkerbell on it. That sippy cup goes everywhere with us.
To me? It’s not even something I care about. If he gets old enough to complain? And does, in fact, complain? Then we’ll look for a solution. But I’m the one with a daughter currently hooked on the old-school GI Joe cartoon. (Thanks to her Dad.) We obviously don’t force stereotypical gender interests on our children. So, if this same principal can save us some buck? I’m totally for it.
So, if you think you see us out and about? Check out what our kid’s have with them. If there’s a girl with GI Joe figurines and a boy drinking out of a lavender cup with fairies on it? That’s us.