Meet American Bear:
American Bear is Quinn’s favorite stuffed companion. She got her name from the knitted sweater she wears, which has an American flag on it. (Quinn picked AB’s gender once he was old enough to understand the difference between boy and girl.)
A month or so ago, Quinn started to emulate Daddy’s kid maintenance tasks with American Bear. He started dressing her in his clothes (the outfit pictured above was selected and put on American Bear by Quinn himself), and putting her down for naps. The other day, we were driving into town, and Quinn had American Bear on his lap, pretending to change her diaper. He’ll put pull-up diapers on his bear, and when I ask why American Bear needs diapers, Quinn informs me that “she doesn’t know how to use the potty yet.”
(He also puts AB on Lyra’s training potty, presumably to wean her off the diapers.)
I know my old man would look upon such un-boylike activities as dressing and diapering a bear in horror, for fear that the kid will turn out gay. Me, I’m rather amused by Quinn’s emulation of Daddy’s daytime chores. One thing’s for sure—however that kid turns out as an adult, he’ll not only know how to change a diaper, but also consider it a perfectly normal job for a Dad to do.