When you are the parent of toddlers, one thing that makes life easier is stickers. We use stickers to entertain the little ones on long trips. We use them as rewards for not using their underpants as a toilet. And we use them as rewards for being brave at the doctor’s office.
A friend of mine was at her doctor’s office a few weeks ago and later tweeted a photo similar to the one to the right. I go to the same doctor’s office and recently took the photo to the right.
What you see is two bins of stickers. The hot pink one on the left is clearly labeled in more pink as being for girls and the primary colored one on the right is labeled with a blue as being for boys. Inside each is what you would expect — princesses and fairies for girls, trucks and dinosaurs for boys.
I’m sure this will surprise you, but I take issue with this. Why not have just one bin of co-mingled stickers and let kids choose what they want? I’m sure there are girls who’d like a T. Rex sticker and boys who’d like a unicorn. And why the clichéd hot pink and red/blue/green? One of my girls went through a serious red phase when she was two, while the other one wore nothing but yellow when she was three.
What do you think? Offensive or am I overreacting?