My Boy Likes Pink
This toddler has an odd affinity for a well-worn neon pink sippy cup. He won't drink from anything else, eliciting the occasional weird glance from strangers. What child gender stereotypes do you find in society?
It started with an accidental order on Amazon. I guess I hit the “girl” button when ordering his sippies. Instead of cars and trucks, his cups showed up bedazzled with butterflies and hearts.
“Oh well,” I shrugged, “He’ll probably reject these like all the others, anyway.” It was an epic sippy showdown in our house, having gone through no less than ten different styles over two months. He wasn’t having it, and it seemed there would be no getting him off the bottle until we shipped him to college.
I half-heartedly handed him the new purple and pink sippy. There were no bells and whistles to this one. No straws or lids or fancy handles, but he looked curiously at it nonetheless. I held a matching sippy up to my lips, displaying how to drink from it as I always did.
And then an amazing thing happened.
My boy vigorously drank from that pink sippy like it was filled with sugar water. It wasn’t (though I won’t say I never pondered outright bribery). He started carrying that sippy everywhere he went and to this day, over a year later, it’s the only cup he’ll take at dinner. I tried swapping it out with the green and blue “boy” models, but he called me on it and went on a sippy strike until I returned his cherished girly goblet. It’s even started wearing in places from his vigorous teething days, but he won’t let me trade it in for an identical replacement.
Other parents sometimes look curiously at my little man and his fuschia cup, but I don’t even notice it anymore. He totes that thing everywhere he goes; his pink plastic security blanket. So my boy likes pink. I’m just glad he’s not still on the bottle.
Has your child ever developed a preference for something that doesn’t fit typical gender stereotypes?
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