Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wordful Wednesday ... Earth Boys are Easy

Stop!

Get your head out of the gutter … this is a parenting blog ya know.

I used to think how great it would be to have a girl (who am I kidding, I still think that), don't get me wrong, I am a PROUD Dude Mom. I love my boys to the core, but at times I think about how nice it would be to have a little girl too. I often rant and rave about how difficult it is to find clothes for my boys when I'm out shopping because there is always a plethora of girls clothes. I mean it's really crazy sometimes how hard it is to shop for my dudes.

Then I look over to the girls department and there are literally racks and racks full of options and I think if I had a girl I would have found so many cute things to buy already.

Until this weekend.

M was going to a birthday party for one of the little girls in his class and I, after denouncing Clueless Dad's girl toy picking abilities, went to a local variety store to pick out a present.

What an ordeal.

Chic Moms ... yes you, I appreciate you. You are awesome. I mean this, really.

You have your work cut out for you. When I pick out toys for boys, its quite simple really, things that go vroom are automatic winners. Things that collapse, a definite second, anything sports related, and of course tools.

Now for girls, um, how can I says this? Some girls toys I find a little offensive. You tell me if I'm overreacting or maybe I just don't understand little girls (being a Dude Mom), but these were my choices:

Washing machine toy
Ironing board and iron toy
The classic scary looking doll baby
The inappropriately dressed big head doll
The toy sink with dishes

Granted this was not a "big name" store so I am aware the choices were limited, but come on, this is what toymakers are coming up with?

I was in this store deliberating over these toys like I was on the OJ jury. It was a headache to say the least. Now this was just a school friend but as a Mom I couldn't in clear conscience just buy any crap and call it a gift. Finally, I stumbled across a mini snow cone maker that I thought would be cute. By the time I left the store, two things were clear:

1. I knew nothing about little girls
2. chic moms are awesome

because boys are much easier to shop for … when it comes to toys.

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