A Gift for My Son from @MySiblingDolls

Meet Tommy, a doll for boys!

I have to give you some background on how I came across Tommy!

When my son was 2.5 years old, he regularly played with his baby doll. He carried it around the house, playing Daddy and he often brought his baby with us grocery shopping and out on various adventures.

One day, we were leaving the doctor’s office and he was carrying his baby by its hand and someone yelled out in passing, “Why isn’t your son carrying a REAL toy for boys like a truck or something?” I didn’t process what they had said until it was too late and fortunately I don’t think my son heard them, but….

I was M.A.D.!

That was an understatement.

I was upset that this individual actually had the nerve to say something out loud (aren’t we taught that if we don’t have something nice to say to keep the thought to ourselves?), but I also couldn’t believe that they thought a boy carrying a baby was inappropriate. Has this individual not seen REAL Dads carry REAL babies in the store and out and about?

The sterotype that dolls are for girls is OVER

At least it is in my books, and I can only hope that it is in yours too.

Why do children love dolls so much? I think there are many reasons, but here are a few:

  • They have the opportunity to role play what happens in real life.
  • They have the opportunity to be the person in charge (Mommy/Daddy) and this is empowering for them.
  • They enjoy having the control to create real life scenarios with their “own child/friend”.
  • Playing with a doll provides a child with a sense of control and empowerment.
  • Children LOVE to use their imaginations!

Children like to role play what they experience in real life. Have you ever listened to a group of children (or even a pair) play “house” or “school”? You will often hear them mimic phrases that are regularly heard in their own lives.

My daughter has an 18 inch doll that I posted about earlier this week. My son and daughter have a love/hate relationship, I am sad to say. When they are playing nicely together, they often will play house or dolls, except my son is getting more and more bothered with the fact that he doesn’t have a boy doll like my daughter has her own girl doll.

This led my husband and I on a LONG hunt to find a boy doll. The hunt took some time, but we finally landed on a site called My Pal that sells boy dolls.

The My Pal® dolls are special because they come with booklets about important themes for kids: being a peacemaker, caring for their peers and their environment, giving thanks, belonging to a community, patriotism, sports, and more!

The My Sibling® dolls are unique because they come with booklets that have real-life stories about kids who have brothers or sisters with disabilities. There is a huge focus on loving people regardless of their differences and being kind and thoughtful individuals.

I love the fact that My Sibling® and My Pal® products are prepared for sale by people with disabilities.

We are VERY excited to give my son his boy doll for Christmas this year. We know that he will be thrilled to have a boy doll that is not a baby. He will now be able to play with his big sister and feel fully included. Finally!

What are your thoughts (honest but respectful thoughts are welcome) on boys playing with dolls?

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27 Responses to A Gift for My Son from @MySiblingDolls

  1. angela mitchell says:

    Yes my grandmother had Alzheimers.

  2. angela mitchell says:

    I’d love to try the Kiss Me I’m Canadian Lip Balm. My lips are suffering so bad right now with our cold weather streak in BC.

  3. Lygophilia says:

    I would love to try the Shea Hands. My hands and cuticles are always so dry and dehydrated from the cold winter and this deep penetrating moisturizer could really help my poor hands.

  4. Dayna – what a cute story! I LOVE what you did for your son when you found out you were pregnant! Thank you so much for sharing this 🙂

  5. Andrea says:

    The shea butter foot cream because my heals are cracked and very dry, and the shea butter lip citrus because my lips are also very dry, as are my children’s lips (my 6 year old lips have started to crack and split)

  6. Debbie Petch says:

    Shea Butter Foot Cream!

  7. Debbie Petch says:

    Yes, a close friend!

  8. Fay says:

    I would love to try the shea foot cream and lip balm

  9. piroska says:

    I’d love to try the Shea Lips Citrus, because my lips get so chapped in the winter.

  10. Dayna Wilson says:

    Happy to do so! Thanks for writing the article 🙂

  11. Larissa Visscher says:

    I would love to try the sun soother, i love that its also safe for babies, a great product that the whole family can use.

  12. Larissa Visscher says:

    yes, my husband’s grandma,

  13. Audrey Friesen says:

    I would love to try the Shea Butter Foot Cream – I also have trouble with my feet getting so dry and cracked!

  14. Anna Andersen says:

    The shea Lips Citrus looks like a new favorite for me! I love lip products, especially when they are fruit scent.

  15. Rene says:

    I’d like to try the Kiss Me I’m Canadian lip balm. My lips (and daughter’s lips) get so dry in our Ontario winters…a little bit of home would be great! (We are from Victoria)

  16. Adina Other says:

    not in my family, but I worked on a dementia floor in a nursing home

  17. I would love to try the Savannah body lotion as I have really dry winter skin!!

  18. Jan says:

    the shea butter foot cream

  19. I really LOVE the Savannah body lotion – it smells beautiful and fresh and it goes on so nicely!

  20. michelle jadaa says:

    My grandmother had it before passing.My friends father has had it for a few years and it got worse very quickly.The pressure on the family has been terrible especially as there was no living will.

  21. Adina Other says:

    I likethe just shae for most things, and the sun soother for sunscreen

  22. Juliee Fitze says:

    My feet get so dry so would like to try the shea butter foot cream

  23. EverythingMomandBaby says:

    If someone said that to me I would be so pissed! Wow. My son has a Waldorf doll. 2 actually. He’s their Dad 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this review. I’ve never seen a doll like this 🙂

  24. I know, right?! That is awesome that your son has a Waldorf doll. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  25. Good for you! Kids can play with whatever they want to play with. We’ve never made a big deal about gendered colours or toys. Boo never asked for a doll at home, though he played with them often at daycare, along with all the boys and girls in his class. He did ask for My Little Ponies, and he had lots. He loved playing with them and brushing their manes. It was great. At 7 he’s now firmly into the “boy” toys, though he’s still very much in love with his stuffies and treats his Furby like his baby.

  26. LOVE that your son treats his FURBY like a baby – that is awesome! Thank you for your comment 🙂

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