I have three children...of ages 6, 4,and 2 my 6 year old only likes to watch shows where it's all girls. I have an older niece and he looks up to her so much that he only likes to watch what she does...although I might add that I do get upset at him if he pretends to walk like a girl and so forth but I get confused because he loves cars and boyish things...so my question here is this...is it normal for a 6 year old boy to be interested in girl things and will it affect his sexual preference? Thank you.
From: Yolanda, Brownsville, TX
It is normal for a 6-year-old boy to imitate someone who is important to him, boy or girl and an older girl cousin is a perfect candidate. She's so grown up! She knows so much! From his perspective, why wouldn't he want to be like her? What's more, there's a whole world of "girl things" out there, just like there are boy things. Sounds like he's already mastering the "boy things," so now he's curious about what he doesn't know. Good for him.
Try hard not to reprimand or otherwise censor him for doing so. He'll learn soon enough -- from his peers -- what's socially acceptable and what's not and these behaviors will disappear or go underground. Most likely, this is a phase that does not predict sexual preference. And what if it does? He'll need your unconditional support.
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