Letter: Kids learn from observation, not special toys
Re: ‘Parenting without stereotypes’ (Metro, April 22)
There’s no such thing as a “gender-neutral” upbringing. Behavior is learned mostly by example. The different personalities and interests of mom and dad inevitably shape the gender-role perceptions of their children — regardless of what toys or sermons the kids are given. Don’t misunderstand me: This is not an argument for reinventing your personality, just to set an example for your kids. The best example you can set is to be comfortable with who you are and respectful of others who are different. Kids pick up on that.
Kim de Riel, via email