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Tips for Toddlers

Parents sometimes treat boys and girls differently.

Parents may give toy trucks to boys and give dolls to girls. Parents may get upset if a boy picks up a doll and plays with it because they think a doll is a girl's toy. The same thing may happen when a girl plays with a toy truck or car.

Although your child is still a baby, it's not too early to think about your own attitudes about sex roles. Now is a good time to look at the messages you want to give about "what little boys and little girls are made of."

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help sort out your attitudes:

* Do I hold back hugging my son just because he is a boy?

* Do I expect less toughness and drive from a daughter than I would from a son?

* What kind of adult roles should I prepare my child for? How will his or her world be different from mine?

Today's boys and girls both need the same type of care and opportunities to learn skills. Girls and boys need to explore their world and learn from it -- be it dolls, trucks or telephones. They both need to be nurtured and to learn to nurture others. How you respond to their needs, the toys you provide and the expectations you have, will make a big influence as they figure out what it means to be a boy or a girl.

Source: Nebraska Extension NuFacts

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