Can We Learn From Kids and Their Toys?

Several weeks ago, my three-year-old began lugging around his most prized possessions -- a pair of sunglasses, a toy airplane, and some bits of jewelry, among other things -- everywhere he went. At first, it was all in a pouch that he filled nearly to the point of bursting, and now his "mess" (as he calls it rather accurately) resides in a plastic bin. The boy loves his stuff, and one of his favorite activities is carefully and methodically going through it all, organizing it into nice, neat … [Read more...]

The Kiddy Pool: Playtime: A Neutral Zone

Every week in The Kiddy Pool, Erin Newcomb confronts one of many issues that parents must deal with related to popular culture.It’s common parlance in feminist theory to say that sex is biological and gender is social, meaning that sex refers to our anatomy and gender refers to the attributes cultures attach to maleness and femaleness. I’ve already written about the arbitrariness of assigning baby colors, which says more about marketing products to parents than it does about masculinity o … [Read more...]