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Jenny - posted on 01/28/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Why should I let my son get American Girl Magazine?

He asked for a subscription and I initially said no. He begged and I don't know what to do.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/29/2015

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I'm getting the feeling after your "Its a girl magazine" that the issue here is gender.

Good grief.

Raye - posted on 01/29/2015

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Maybe he is interested in a girl at school that was reading the magazine, and he wanted to have something in common with her so he could talk to her. Maybe he's gay. What does it matter? If it were Boy's Life, Sports Illustrated Kids, or Nickelodeon magazine would you have the same reaction?

Maybe get him one issue at the store and see if he even likes the magazine once he sees what's in it, and before you spend money on a full subscription. Maybe get him 2 or 3 issues of different magazines to see which he likes best.

This is a learning opportunity to get closer to your son and see what things he is interested in. Keep an open mind and an open heart.

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Rebecca - posted on 01/31/2015

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Sure! I'd rather have a young boy wonder about that kind of magazine than magazines of nude women and inappropriate contents!

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2015

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American Girl magazine is a great magazine. My 10 year old loves it, and it is the "hot topic" among her girl friends at school Depending on your son's age, I suspect he overheard girls talking about it and is curious about what the magazine contains. It has stories, advice, crafts and lots more. Sure it is oriented to girls, but if he wants insight into the mysterious world of females, I rather my son look at AG than Cosmo!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/29/2015

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LOL@ Dove...my 17 yo ran screaming from me the other day in walmart...can't figure out why, unless it was the singing and dancing to the music...I just love to enjoy life!

@ the OP: The point is, Jenny, the worry about whether its "boy" appropriate, or "girl" appropriate is what causes so many gender issues to begin with. So WHAT if a boy wants to get an activity magazine that is mainly marketed towards girls? Would you say the same if he wanted 'Boy's life', or 'National Geographic'? From the sounds of it, no, because they aren't "girly" magazines.

With so many people having hangups over gender specific items, it's no wonder so many kids have gender issues before middle school!

I always encouraged imaginative play with my boys. When my 5 yo wanted me to make his nails "shiny like yours", he got clear nail enamel to wear. Oh, the absolute HORROR! LOL...and he's a happy, well adjusted, well rounded young adult with great morals and values now, 16 years later. While he's not gay, he is more than comfortable enough in his identity to have a conversation with his homosexual uncle regarding appropriate fashions for the uncle's alter drag persona.

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2015

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Some people are so paranoid about their kids being "gay".......You know what let a child play with whatever......WHO CARES!!!!! Just because they like something does not mean they are gay!!!!! Some people need to get a grip. Lol they make their child gay by not allowing them to do things. Who cares if they want to play with dolls, dress up, look at a "girl magazine", etc. Those that play with dolls make GREAT dads. Those that dress up may have a great fashion sense and become a world known fashion designer who may not be gay. And then there are those that like a certain thing but after awhile get bored with it and never come back to it. Or they have older siblings or play with friends of the opposite sex. My son once allowed his younger sister to paint his nails.....he was being nice. It meant nothing. REALLY GET A GRIP!!!!!

Dove - posted on 01/29/2015

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lol Shawnn... reminds me of being in Walmart yesterday. We had to get some nail clippers and tweezers and, of course, they are in the same aisle as the make up and stuff. My 13 year old DAUGHTER would not go in the aisle cuz it's too 'girly'... ;)

Dove - posted on 01/29/2015

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The question isn't 'why should you'... the question is 'why shouldn't you?' If you have the money for the magazine subscription and he's asking... go for it. You can even have him do extra chores around the house to 'earn' the money if you don't just want to gift it to him.

Raye has a good point as well. If it were a 'boy' type magazine... would you just give it to him, make him earn the money for it, or tell him no? That should be the SAME answer for this magazine. She also makes an excellent point about buying a couple of different single magazines before committing to an entire subscription.

Jodi - posted on 01/28/2015

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How old is he? To be perfectly honest, if he can pay for it himself, then maybe (depending on the content, age, etc), but why do YOU have to buy it for him? If he's not old enough to buy it himself, he's not old enough to have it. Period.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/28/2015

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He's asking for a subscription to a kids publication that contains games, puzzles, and age appropriate activities.

What's the problem?

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