Marissa Morrison's Reviews > Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow into Troublesome Gaps — and What We Can Do About It

Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot
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Sep 26, 09

Read in September, 2009

I think that this book is an important one. Eliot shows how gender differences occur naturally and become stronger through nurture. Since young children are strongly influenced by their gender identity and tend to self-segregate, it's up to parents to strongly nudge them toward "opposite gender" toys and activities. A typical girl spends hundreds of hours in the preschool years playing mommy in her toy kitchen or painting at an easel--so she will grow stronger in verbal, empathetic, and fine motor skills. Boys, on the other hand, play with balls, trucks, and blocks--building gross motor and spatial skills. Eliot recommends limiting the toys in a child's at-home playspace to "opposite gender" ones a lot of the time, so that kids develop the whole range of skills.
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