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'Boy,' I have some researching to do

Posted Monday, August 20, 2012, at 2:28 PM

Following several years of doting on 4 daughters, then 8 granddaughters, I am having a bit of a tough time figuring out just what it is that Grandma needs to prepare for as far as these last two grandchildren being boys. Soon Kash will be one, and with Brayden just a little over a month old, I still haven't quite gotten used to this change in my life.

I am not sure what boys like to do while visiting with their elderly grandparents? In my day my grandparents supplied many Tonka trucks for my brothers and male cousins. I mean they had dump trucks, cranes, you name it... did I mention that Grandma worked at the Tonka factory, they kind of had a very inexpensive resource for those elite boy toys. With that being said, with the lack of girl toys we females learned how to make a mean dirt road for those dump trucks to travel.

At this point in my grandson's lives we don't have to worry about what they will play with, I have a few Legos that are not color specific and if we look hard enough there are a few pull toys handed down from Grandma Woltman that would entertain them. Papa Craig does have a few John Deere tractors, but as most women know when the majority of adult men collect toy tractors they aren't meant to be driven in the dirt, they actually become dust collectors that are left for the one that does the dusting to clean. I am 99% sure though that Papa will allow the boys to at least play with a tractor a time or two... If you were to take a look into the two toy boxes that we have, you will find plenty of dolls and accessories for the dolls, old jewelry that I had added to the collection of old prom dresses worn by my girls and female clothing that I had purchased for the dress up sessions that they all seem to enjoy. There are a few hula hoops in there; color purple though. As far as push toys, there is a stroller, which of course would hold a doll. There may even be a few pairs of shoes to be found, high heeled shoes though. I am not saying that it is unhealthy for a boy to play dress up nor play with dolls, but aren't grandparents supposed to have the good stuff for kids to play with. Like the kind of stuff that they don't have at home, only will play with at Grandma's?

Do boys like to bake cookies like my granddaughters do? Are they willing to help Grandma do dishes, or even help her dust, or do craft projects together? Again are these tasks female specific? I am virtually clueless on the concept of grandsons! There are no sandboxes or spiders nor snakes...thank goodness to be found at Grandma and Grandpa Schroeder's house.

I do believe that it is time that I fill a toy box with toys that these two boys will enjoy, Kash is walking now, there is no time to waste. I will stay on track, no more looking at the pretty Barbie items, time to focus on...time for an intervention, I don't know what I am supposed to look for, if you see me searching through the toy section please steer me towards the correct one please. I need help!

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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