Do you let your kids play with toy guns and swords? I hesitate about the weaponry. Sometimes a full ban gives something a romantic mystique, though. For instance, we know a family whose mother forbade them any kind of guns or military toys as children. All three of her sons ended up in Special Forces. Forbidden fruit is sweet.
Thanks to Fluffy’s major Thomas the Tank Engine and Cars phases, we have lots of those to play with, but we only have a few dinosaurs and no guns. I bought a pack of Little People superheroes for them, and Fluffy lets them play with her pink and purple basketball. Is that enough? I even sold Fluffy’s pastel kitchen and replaced it with a gender-neutral model which Fluffy immediately asked if we should paint pink.
I said no. As babies, the boys were wrapped in her pink and purple receiving blankets. They eat with her pink mermaid tablewares, play in her pink castle tent, share her pink and pastel bathroom, and wear her fairy paraphernalia occasionally. At least they can have a kitchen that isn’t mostly pink.