When my girls were toddlers, I arranged weekly playdates with different friends of mine, so my girls could begin to develop social awareness and relationships with people other than our immediate family.
When all of the children were quite young, it didn't really matter what types of toys we had here at our home. All of the children seemed to like all of the age-appropriate toys.
Fast forwarding a couple of years, it became apparent when my oldest was around 4 that we needed to have toys for both girls and boys in our home.
Having only girls, we could have just asked other families to bring their own sons' favorite toys with them. However, since we don't have any sons, we decided to buy a few select toys for boys.
Now that my girls are 10 and 12, we still buy toys for boys...not a lot of them, because we're not huge toy buyers, anyway, but we do make certain to have boy costumes and things like daggers, swords, shields, face masks, and the like.
Add to that some nerf guns, squirt guns, and other "boyish" odds and ends, and usually the boys who come over to our home are pretty happy to be here.
On many occasions, I've had mothers say to me: "My son and I thought he would be quite bored at your home, since you only have girls. We were wrong!"
Oh, if only it was this easy to entertain youth clear through their adult years. But that would be very wishful thinking!
At least we have made it easier on the boys at their younger stages of life.
If you have only boys in your home, consider keeping a few age-appropriate toys for girls to enjoy when they come over. Of course, if the girls are anything like mine, they enjoy playing with the boys' toys just as much as with the girls' toys!
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