I have this little girl who has a special place in her heart for backhoes, Lightning McQueen, horses, and hot wheels. Every now and again she'll dress up like a princess, but for the most part she likes "boy" things.
She is not opposed to "girl" things, but given the choice would much rather play hockey than do ballet.
I know this can be a hot topic, the gender role stereotypes, but I just find myself wondering how I should be steering this little tomboy of ours. I think if the roles were reversed and I had a little boy who liked wearing frilly dresses and having tea parties, I might try to convince him that those things were for girls, but there seems to be a lot more social acceptance for a tomboy than a girly-boy, so I haven't really worried about it. I let her explore the things she's interested in and haven't said, "that's for boys" because I think it's totally fine if she likes those things.
I guess what I'm looking for is a little assurance from other fellow moms of tomboys that they will eventually grow up into socially acceptable women. I know there are varying degrees of femininity among women, but I just don't want her to be scorned for liking "boy" things. Any advice?