Wednesday, December 17, 2008


From TODAY, Voices

Wednesday December 17, 2008


By Dr Bill Maier


Any mother can tell you that boys and girls are wired differently. Most little boys are naturally drawn toward laser guns and action figures.


They’d rather play race cars and rocket ships than eat ice cream. Well … maybe not ice cream, but you get the point.


Mothers who didn’t grow up around boys often have a hard time dealing with this fact.


Many parenting experts have told us that guns and tanks are bad for kids, so a lot of moms forbid these kinds of toys.


But this attempt to “feminise” little boys is not only naïve; it’s unhealthy. Let boys be boys!


As long as play doesn’t get too aggressive, don’t discourage your sons from playing “good guy versus bad guy.” Just make sure the good guys win! 


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