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Why even waste your time on this issue? The most important thing is to look at each child, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, etc. and look at the child as an INDIVIDUAL with unique needs, preferences and abilities? N!ext topic, please!
I had a special doll, Korenna, she was (is) a soft cloth doll and was created for me by the Family Coordinator of the Head Start Programs on Cape Cod.
All the children in the Early childhood programs where I worked knew that Korenna was Bill's Baby Doll. Both boys and girls would dress her up, undress her, feed her for me, change her, and talk to me about her day in the dramatic play area. She was well loved over the years.
Today Korenna, comes into my college courses to help me illustrate the importance of sociodramic play and it's impact on children's development.
Body language says what words cannot. From the very beginning, we react to girls differently than we do to boys and although we may put down a baby doll in front of our little boy and a truck in front of our little girl, our deep expectation says that this will not work. Remember, we have already determined that dolls are girl toys and trucks are boy toys even before we made the purchase.