You got your own babies today, for reasons far beyond play.
One day you will become a man, a man that will hopefully if you wish it, one day become a father. A father I hope will be just like your own.
In this current moment your babies are real to you. You show them love and affection just like I do to you. You pat them, cuddle them and put them down to nap. I’ve seen you stroke their heads and kiss them as you relax to sleep, and although you may not be quite old enough to recognise everything a baby needs. Your understanding of what to give them comes from the way I am with you.
I don’t want you to grow up without understanding of how to play in a nurturing way. What you may not notice until your much older, is that social norm ‘boys’ toys can teach a certain kind of aggression. And although I’m not totally against ‘boys’ toys, I am deadly afraid of you becoming a hostile and aggressive man.
I want you to know that toys that teach a type of nurturing, delicate side of life is a skill you must learn to be present in others lives. A skill that helps you to empathise and care for those around you, to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.
And if I can help you to achieve that, I’ll know I’ve done my job right.