Wanda - posted on 11/21/2010 ( 61 moms have responded )
My soon to be three year old loves play (toy) kitchens. When he goes to visit his cousin, he goes right to the play kitchen. When we go to playgroup, he goes right to the play kitchen. At home he loves to help me in the real kitchen and I let him as much as he can.
My MIL saw how much he loves kitchens and wanted to get him a play kitchen for Christmas. She asked hubby and I what we thought and we said sure, no problem. We were shopping at Costco one day and saw a play kitchen there at a good price. We called my MIL, told her it was there and she came over with my FIL to buy one.
I love my FIL dearly but he's a bit of a homophobe. He pulls my hubby aside and is trying to talk him out of letting my MIL buy the kitchen. "No grandson of mine should be playing with a kitchen" was the gist of the speech hubby got. It was followed by "next thing you know he'll be playing with dolls" and "I better not catch you painting his fingernails." My FIL is afraid the kitchen will turn my son gay.
I don't see a problem with it and neither does hubby or my MIL (obviously). I tried pointing out to my FIL that a lot of the great chefs are male and that he, himself, used to cook a lot of the family meals but he won't budge on the play kitchen issue.
What do you all think? Would you buy your sons a play kitchen if they wanted one? Do you think there's anything wrong with a boy playing with a kitchen?
Note: I don't want to turn this into another gay debate. Neither my husband or I share my FIL's opinions on that issue. I just want your opinions on buying a boy a toy kitchen.