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Gender Doesn't Matter: Toys & Activities Expand Horizons

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Don't let gender-targeted toys and games limit your children.
Air Date: 5/18/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Gender Doesn't Matter: Toys & Activities Expand Horizons
In the animal kingdom, young animals learn about life through play. Survival skills and relationships are worked out as they play with parents, siblings and peers.

Playtime for children works the same way. Children learn how to relate to the world through play. With gender stereotyping in toys and activities, we limit their viewpoints on how to relate to the world.

Encourage your children to play with different toys, regardless of gender-targeted marketing. Dolls are great for working out interpersonal relationships. Blocks are wonderful for engineering. Your children may request toys that make it easier for them to interact with regular playmates.

Listen in as Dr. Corinn Cross shares how gender doesn't matter in early childhood play.
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