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Can the toys your children play affect their career choices?

Research says that gender specific toys are failing to inspire girls to pursue careers in maths and the sciences. One in ten parents surveyed also admitted to actively buying toys to encourage their child’s interest in a particular job.As a parent, do you think that there is a direct link between the toys children play with and their vocation? Does the answer to gender balanced professions lie in swapping Barbie dolls for Lego sets?

Seeking Opinion Child Development 3 years ago
Laura Celada admin
Laura Celada’s Editorial intern
London, GB

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Maria  Sibireva expert
Maria Sibireva Senior lecturer Saint Petersburg, Russia
Child development expert

The question is very interesting. Some people take a great interest in certain kinds of activity since their childhood, they play corresponding toys when they are children and they have correspong vacations when they are adults. We have a lot of such samples when (for example) people who are desighners at present time say that they played dolls when they children. But I suggest that a lot of factors play roles in the choice of vacation by the child. These circumstamces can include sociolocultural context: the choice of parents to buy or not to buy one toy or another, even advertisment in Mass Media can play a significant role. I consider that there is no direct intercoonection between the choice of toys and the choice of vacations.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Олег Кияшко
Олег Кияшко Don't mind my display name >.< Kyiv, Ukraine

In some ways, yes. As a child who used to play with cars, I once wanted to be a car designer - 'cause my mother was a designer at that time. Now I just tried to re-analyze and change the job - now I am majoring at the IT university, because when I was, like, 11, I was annoying my parents with "I want to be a programmer!!!". Now I just want to work as a computer technical service personnel. Some of the girls I used to talk to were playing with bratz's and monster high's (which in fact is a collector item), wanted to be fashion designers. As a total barbie and disney princess shunner, I was also experiencing extreme difficulties in learning to draw anime/manga pictures. I was yelling "I am not Christian Dior!" to my mother, when she finds some clothes that they look like rugs. Now I draw all frilly, ruffly, lacy and louncy dresses in sweet lolita fashion style, and my friends say I'm good at it. Toys may affect the kids' career choices, but they are not just only factor. Parents, as the idols for kids, may affect it TOO.

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Experience 3 years ago

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