There is no denying that nature bestows inborn abilities and personality traits upon us. Our life events, how we are nurtured, mould these genetic tendencies as we learn and mature from infants to children and then onto adulthood.
As parents we have already done our part on the nature side, creating a human being from the genetic mixmaster, fingers crossed that they do not inherit too many off our less desirable personality traits!
And now we have the opportunity to positively nurture our child by considering our parenting style and examining our own biases, especially when it comes to gender differences. I have met more than a few parents who are nervous that their little boy likes to dress up in pink fairy costumes, or who label their young girls ‘tomboys.’
For a child to develop to his or her full potential they require opportunities to play with all types of toys and resources, interact with all types of people, experience a matinee at the ballet and spectating at a game of football.
In our home:
Jewellry of all sorts, necklaces, bracelets and rings,
The dramatic play home corner for cooking and shopping play,
Helping with the cleaning – wiping, sweeping, vacuuming,
Playing with dolls – cuddling and caring for them and pushing prams around
She also loves…
Pushing cars along the floor and saying ‘brrroo0om, brrroo0om’
Searching the sky for distant planes she has heard flying over
Watching for the postman on his motorbike and the garbage truck emptying rubbish bins
Getting dirty in the garden and digging in the sandpit