Are Your Kids Natural Hunter Gatherers?

Answered on August 30, 2011
Created August 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

A friends status on FB got me thinking about this. Her son was using a toy as a gun. She has no idea how he knows about guns. A few comments suggested that boys just do this kind of thing - it's genetic.

My DS is always surprising me and using tools to "fix" things (since about 12 months ok'd without seeing stuff)- and seems to love throwing, hitting & kicking things (and his sister).

My DD otoh isn't like this at all. She dies however "collect" random items around the house. She'll use hats, bags, baskets - any receptacle - to fill it with random objects to transport from room to room. My friends DD does the same thing, with her DS being similar to mine.

Is this going back to our HG roots? Do girls & boys act differently in their play? Or, is their play influenced by something else?

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on August 30, 2011
at 09:34 PM

My 2 boys used ANYTHING as a gun. Sticks, leaves, broken toys. My nephew had two older sisters who dressed him up in their ballet clothes...he broke out and put on a super hero cape and moon boots...he wore it every where. Everything more than a foot long became a sword to him.

My second child refused to eat anything but meat, at a year old. I nursed him until he was 18 months. He wanted nothing to do with baby food, or cereal. He could eat 4 pieces of chicken at a year and a half. He loved pork chops..what ever he could hold in his hand and would chew on the bones until he had every spec of meat off. Smart child.

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on August 30, 2011
at 09:16 PM

I've been really wondering the same thing for the past year. How much of it is natural and how much of it is us as parents and society imprinting gender roles onto children. My little guys is a boy's boy when it comes to play just like yours. And I have friends with little girls who are dainty princesses; however I know the opposite as well (boisterous girls and dainty boys).

I think it's a mix of both nature and nurture.

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