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
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?