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I don’t have daughters but this story really touched me as the whole concept of gender and toys has been such a hot topic these last few years.
2 year old Sophia was allowed to picked out a prize for potty training. Her mom said she already had a toy in mind so they went off to Target in South Carolina and were walking down the toy isle. The mother mentioned her eye was on the doctor dolls because Sophia thought of herself as a doctor. So like any kid, Sophia picked her doll and carried it to the check-out line.
The cashier took the doll to scan and then said to the mom “Wouldn’t she rather have a doll that looked like her?” Note that the doll had darker skin that Sophia.
As a parent those kind of questions totally catch you off guard. You suddenly panic as you don’t know how your child will answer or you think to yourself should you answer for them. This brave two year old already had an answer. According to her mother this is how Sophia answered:
“She does look like me. She’s a doctor, I’m a doctor. She is a pretty girl, I am a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? See her stethoscope?”
Not all kids would react like that. Now the cashier may not have realized what they were asking but in a child’s mind that question could have brought them to focus on the color of the doll and not that it’s a beautiful doll that made the child happy.
It goes to show how innocent our children’s minds are and how it’s our job to teach them to just love and be kind to everyone.