There has been quite the reaction to your decision to change the toy aisles from the overstimulating blue and pink to a calmer yellow. To remove the label “Boy” or “Girl” from the toys. Some say you are going against the way God created these boys and girls to behave. Some just think you are trying to please the LGBT community. Some think you are stupid.
I think it’s good. Because I want my kids to learn some things and you are helping make that process a little easier:
- I want my boys to learn that it’s okay if a boy’s favorite color is pink, or a girl’s favorite color is blue.
- I want my boys to learn that girls can build awesome buildings, become sharp-shooters with nerf guns, and can love Rescue Bots as much as they do.
- I want my boys to learn that boys can cook mouthwatering meals, clean the house like a boss, and nurture a child.
- I want my boys to learn that just as they play on the same playground at school, they can play with other boys and girls over toy kitchens, tool sets, and art supplies.
- I want my boys to learn that a girl can be a crazy good mechanic like their daddy and that boys can be fantastic teachers like <ahem> myself. 😉
- I want my boys to learn that there is no one right way to be a boy. That kids come in a multitude of expressions and colors because that’s how God made them.
Your simple change, removing the colors and labels from your aisles is making this lesson a bit easier. Now it is less alarming to walk down the aisle that has a few dolls in it, because it is not hot pink. (My boys like green, by the way, not blue. The yellow choice is awesome.) Now my kids feel a bit more free to explore some more options that might appeal to them, simply because it is no longer off limits to them.
So, thanks. Thanks for making it a little easier to raise my boys up to be the men I hope they will become.
Now can you spread the word to the manufacturers of the toys? Some of them could learn from you.
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