Magazine article Working Mother

Boys & Girls

Magazine article Working Mother

Boys & Girls

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The first time I took my son, Jack, shopping for shoes, he immediately picked up the bright, candy-colored, sparkly footwear in the girls' section. From his point of view, why would anyone want to wear plain old blue sneakers when there were shiny pink ones covered in sequins? I could understand his rationale. I wanted to say, "Sure, Jack, let's get the shoes you like best." I mean, gender-specific color stereotypes don't apply when you're only 2 years old, right? But then I thought of the other kids in his preschool class - would they mock him? Not to mention the look that was sure to be on my husband's face if Jack bounced into the house wearing fuchsia Mary Janes. "Why do you like those so much?" I asked, pushing him to the boys' section. "They sparkle like stars," he said. Jack soon found a pair of train-covered sneakers that light up when you stomp your foot. He was thrilled. I was relieved. But as someone who wants her son to feel free to explore his individu- ality, I regretted tagging some- thing as just for girls or only for boys. …

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