Not that this is necessarily your point, but Dylans favorite thing in the whole world is cars and trucks with absolutely no nudging or directing by us whatsoever. Personally, Ive marvelled at that, but chalked it up to coincidence.
No, this is exactly on point, especially when you think about it in the context of my own experience with myself & the Minky and these other responses (below). Our own experiences are all really varied, and I would venture to guess that especially with less rigid gender norms that trend would only increase. Some kids are going to play in gender typical ways no matter what their socialization looks like. Some are not. Both should be seen as totally great - kids should be encouraged to play in ways that engage and stimulate them! But the point is that the generalizations about gendered play are pretty unnecessary at best and potentially harmful at worst.
My mother tried very, very hard to socialize me as a girl. I think once I started taking my Barbie dolls apart to swap their heads with the Ken dolls she sort of gave up.
ifjanetranit replied to your post: Boys and Cars
My son never gave two shits about cars or sports (despite parents who LOVE sports). Go figure.
Same here! I always correct people. Gavin LOVES trucks more than anything (but has been exposed to all kinds of age-appropriate toys) but he doesn’t love them “because hes a boy”