One thing that struck me in the post was that the step-mother was both very well-meaning AND very new at parenting. She and her husband also have one 18 month old daughter together. The reason this interested me is because I am a very different parent now than I was when my kids first came home and certainly than I was BEFORE I had kids. I assumed so much about kids and parenting back then, things I would never automatically assume now (I was such a good mom before I had kids. And my kids were so well-behaved. Sigh.). Mostly, I assumed that all kids would respond in the same way to each method of parenting and that all kids could and should be parented in the same manner. (that being the way I thought was correct).
Anyway, the blogger makes a lot of assumptions in her post about why children are drawn to gender-specific products, assumptions based upon a limited amount of experience raising children.*** My comment sent me on a little jaunt down memory lane. It also re-enforced some of the lessons I have learned about gendered products and the kids who love them -- lessons I never ever thought I would believe prior to having my own kids. I thought I would share those lessons here. This is my exact, word-for-word response:
***I should add that I, of course, still make probably the equal number of parenting mistakes I made back then -- they are just different mistakes now!!