For many women, getting their first baby doll was a cherished part of their childhood. But one mother says these "mommy toys" are outdated, and it's time to stop buying them.
According to Play Like Mum, their aim is to help children "play like mum," and their website says they "believe that real life play offers huge benefits to little ones," but Yasa's not buying it.
The mother-of-two argues that "mommy toys" like baby dolls, fashion dolls, strollers and kitchen play-sets are outdated, and reinforce "archaic gender stereotypes." She says it's time for "gender segregation" in the toy department - blue for boys, pink for girls - to end once and for all.
While parents who like these more traditional girls' toys may disagree, Yasa warns the playthings can have a very serious effect on young girls.
Learn what she's so concerned about on the next page!
While the most common pink toys can reinforce old stereotypes, Yasa is more concerned about what they actually teach little girls.
Toymakers and fans of "mommy toys" argue that they're early practice for important skills - like looking after children or working in the kitchen. But Yasa says they can actually set boundaries on your daughter's future.
If a little girl grows up playing with dolls and pushing a plastic shopping cart around, she might be turned away from her interests, and shut out of "true professions and skill sets” later in life.
Yasa says it's time to let all children pick the toys that interest them, and also plans to make "playing like mum" more realistic for her own daughters.
She plans to wake her daughters up in the middle of the night and make them rush the next morning to get her ready for school. “This will make them so tired and emotional that they’ll have no trouble starting their day by crying in the shower authentically LIKE A REAL MUM,” she writes.
How's that for a role reversal!
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