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Let the Billy Elliot jokes commence.
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We’re not against toys, Vermox usa, clothes and colors that are traditionally associated with one gender or another. 500mg Vermox, We are wholeheartedly against limiting their options. We want our kids to explore everything that catches their interest. We know they’re going to get enough pressure from peers and TV to dress or act certain ways. We don’t want to add to the pressure.
We’re even trying to avoid rolling our eyes when Barbie calls Siena on her princess-pink cell phone, because we don’t want to her to feel like there’s anything wrong with her “girly” interests. As long as “girly” includes playing sports in addition to playing princesses, I think we’ll be fine.
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