Equality of the Sexes
Pets provide what is perhaps the only gender-neutral, culturally accepted caregiving experience in Western culture. Studies in child development have shown that very young children have an understanding of stereotypically male and female adult roles in our society. Even as preschoolers, boys learn to avoid interaction with dolls and babies and can verbalize that caring for a baby is a “mommy” activity. This may not be true of children’s relationships with pets, however.
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Some research involving both girls and boys has shown that children consider pet care a suitable activity for both genders.
Pic of the Day: So my boss didn’t make it in because of this little guy.