My Son Wants a Vacuum Cleaner for Christmas -- That's My Kind of Little Man!

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As a parent, I do my best to provide for my children -- including the occasional gift. My firstborn son is almost 2, and I've been thinking about practical Christmas gifts for him that won't clutter up his room. While Legos are great, my little guy seems particularly taken with common items around the home, which causes some of my family members' heads to turn ... because he's a boy.


Who knew my son loves to clean and watch me cook in the kitchen? But he does.

In fact, there are times when I catch him running to the pantry and pulling out the mop bucket to tidy up the home. It's pretty cute, especially because he's so focused on cleaning and trying to "wring out" the water (too bad there's never any when he uses it). He's also been known to go in the closet and try to pull out the vacuum cleaner. As much as I love him, his using it -- without his attempting to maneuver the handle -- definitely adds time to my cleaning schedule.

If my son could, he would gladly ditch his toys, so long as he could access the broom, mop, vacuum cleaner, and oven mitt. This got me thinking about the holidays, and the gift inquiries I received from family members.

"So, what can I get him?" asked a close relative. "Is he into superheroes and stuff yet?"

When I told him I was looking at household toys -- including a toy kitchen I could put in the living room -- I received an interesting response.

"Why the heck are you giving him that? Boys don't play with that kind of stuff."

Wait. Stop. Back up.

Since when are boys not allowed to play with toy vacuums, little kitchens, and other "domestic" items? My son is getting this Dyson vacuum cleaner for tots this Christmas, and I already know he's going to go berserk over it (I think it's cute!).

What's sad is that this relative wasn't the only one who gave my proposed gift ideas the side eye. I really do wonder if there was a family memo I missed that states no kids with a penis can play with household-related toys.

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Now, I like to think of myself as a level-headed individual ... most of the time -- but this right here didn't sit well with me ... at all. God knows I love my family (most of them ... kidding), but we need to have a town meeting to talk about this foolishness.

Plus, who in the hell has an issue with their child trying to cook and clean? I have to keep a close eye on my son, because if not, he'll disappear into the bathroom and try to scrub the toilet. With the exception of safety (we have child locks), that sounds like #SquadGoals to me.

Last time I checked, there were no gender labels on a toy kitchen, or any play cleaning devices for that matter. My son seems to love cooking and tidying up, so why wouldn't I help him develop those traits now, instead of when he's an adult -- calling me for help washing the dishes and doing laundry?

Child, please.

Look, it's almost 2016, and as they said in The Wiz, a brand-new day. I truly worry about the message children are learning from their parents, and if telling your son or daughter not to play with a toy -- because it's too "gender specific," as one of the reasons -- we've got bigger issues on our hands than dealing with whether or not Santa Claus is real.

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For all I know, I have the next winner of MasterChef under my roof. I hope these same relatives who have an issue with my boy playing with "girl toys" don't come to him in the future, asking for a plate of food and some money.

Sorry, no soup for you.


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