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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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My husband and I waited to find out whether my son was going to be a boy or a girl until the day he was born. This meant our nursery had lots of white, yellow and green outfits along with nature themed toys.
While we still buy many gender neutral toys (e.g., blocks, balls, etc) my son is starting to gravitate toward trucks and trains. The problem? Well, there isn't one. However, every time we walk into a toy store, it's tough to find toys that aren't the generic "trucks for boys and dolls for girls."
That's why I love hearing about products like GoldieBlox
. Debbie Sterling, the inventor and CEO, creatively paired reading and spatial tasks in an attempt to get young girls more interested in engineering. Rather than just changing a blue toy into a pink one, she cleverly changed the fundamental aspects of an engineering toy in an attempt to appeal to more girls.
What are your favorite toys that break the mold?