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That's My Boy (Or Girl)

That's My Boy (Or Girl)

We know what you're thinking. "There's a gender identity spectrum?" Apparently, it's important to know if your child has more masculine or feminine tendencies. We're not sure you need a quiz to tell you that, and it's been our experience that most children like to explore gender neutral as well as typically opposite gender toys (think boys with dolls and girls with trucks.)

Still, as a new dad, we thought you might be interested in Babble.com's Gender Spectrum Quiz, which in a few short questions can tell you if your little one has the typical characteristics of their born gender. We'd love for you to take it and tell us what you think! Is it important to you to know where your child sits on things like this, or do you prefer to just let your kid be a kid? Do you think the toys a child plays with or their responses to the questions in the quiz are an indication of anything other than personal preference? Are any parents out there bothered by boys who like to have tea parties or girls who like bugs? Sound off!

Posted: 8/7/08