Buddy, my older son is obsessed with two things – cars and LEGOs. When the free LEGO Jr. magazine shows up at the door, you would have thought the kid won the lottery if you had seen his reaction. This month was a bonus month because he also received the new LEGO store catalog in the mail – both magazines are currently sleeping in bed with him every night.
Side note: have you ever shopped at the LEGO online store? I swear, it is the best customer service ever, and many of their prices beat other big retailers, which was surprising to me.
Buddy has a birthday coming up and he has asked for some specific LEGO sets. The one he is absolutely pining over is “Olivia’s House” which is part of the Lego Friends line geared toward girls.
So what’s the dilemma?
He wants this house so badly…it has a toilet, kitchen, grill, lawnmower, TV room, bedroom – the whole shebang. When Buddy plays with LEGOs he plays house – so the little LEGO guys go visit each other at each other’s abodes (the most random abodes you will ever see – a castle, surfer’s house, and space station), but the places aren’t furnished like the beautiful house Olivia lives in.
So why not just buy him the house?
He says he doesn’t want the pink blocks.
What’s a mom to do? Does she find spare blocks to replace the blocks that are not gender neutral? What would you do as a mom of boys?
I love that LEGO has created sets that encourage domestic play. While I do wish the colors were more gender neutral or that sets were available in the Friends colors and then a neutral color, I understand the marketing of the line to girls – I get it.
But when little boys would rather act out “families” and “home life” what do they do when the lines that are geared toward them all contain robbers, heroes, monsters, and aliens?
My four year old boy wants to play house – and I want him to – as this is the type of play that will help him develop the skills needed to become a good husband, good father, and good role model.
I want to know – what are you doing to encourage domestic role playing with your little boys? What can I do better here?