By Cheryl Bac
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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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Right now our daughter loves carrying buckets all over our home. She fills them up with anything she can find- cars, trains, pretend food, etc.
It wasn't until earlier this week that she got her hands on a small purse and started filling it up. It was interesting to see an activity that seemed very gender-neutral, filling up buckets, turn into something stereotypically "for girls," carrying a purse.
Earlier today I saw a French commercial
reminding us to stop labeling
kids' toys "for boys" and "for girls." Kids will decide what they want to play with. I know we will be keeping a variety of buckets, bags, baskets, and purses available for our daughter to fill as she chooses.