The Difference Between 2 Year-Old Boys And Girls

2 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

You are a boy… and you definitely act like it. You make it so obvious that little boys are wired much differently than little girls.

It’s a rare sight to find you without some kind of overly masculine (and therefore predictably goofy) Hot Wheels car clenched tightly in your hand, whether it’s on the car ride to day care, watching Hard Hat Harry on Netflix at the house, or even navigating your way around any given playground.

At no point do you ever need me to tell you what little boys should like. You are currently obsessed with monster trucks, but it’s not something I prompted.

You just saw a toy monster truck one day and asked me, “I can like that? I take it home?”

The answer was obviously yes. Now you have like 7 of them.

One of your daily routines on the way to school now is to go through the colors of the rainbow in reference to monster trucks and/or Jeep Wranglers:

“I have a blue monster truck? I can drive it?”

I will reply, “Jack has a blue monster truck… He drives it!”

Next you’ll say the truck (or Jeep) is black, orange, purple, or even pink. Twice now you asked for a “dinosaur Jeep.” I’m still trying to figure that one out…

I contrast this against what I see the girls your age doing at daycare. They are always tending to either the baby dolls or the pretend kitchen and food; meanwhile the boys are wandering around, looking for trouble… I mean adventure.

It’s not that I have to stereotype little boys versus little girls. That’s just naturally how it ends up.

Even if you want to drive a pink monster truck or Jeep, the fact is still that you want to drive a monster truck or Jeep.

It would be different if you were fantasizing about a VW Bug, Mini Cooper, Mazda Miata, Dodge Neon, or a Toyota Rav 4.

I say you just can’t hide your masculinity, even behind the color pink.





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  1. by Kim

    On March 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    My 2 year old son has a thing for pink, glittery, and covered in skulls. I blame his sister`s influence and try to steer him toward orange or red, or at least not glittery. I finally had to just tell him a flat no when he wanted a barbie pink glittering tutu. I managed to avoid the meltdown, barely, by informing him it was too short to wear in the cold. The next day he glittered his orange shirt.

  2. by Christina D.

    On April 2, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Dinosaur Jeep. The Jeep from Jurassic Park! Problem solved!! :)

  3. by Nick Shell

    On April 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Ha ha! That’s what I told my wife :)