“stereotypically gendered play patterns may have a more negative long-term impact on kids’ potential than parents imagine. And promoting, without forcing, cross-sex friendships as well as a breadth of play styles may be more beneficial. There is even evidence that children who have opposite-sex friendships during their early years have healthier romantic relationships as teenagers.”
The article attached to the image is an op-ed penning in the New York Times. It addresses the topic from a developmental perspective and also alludes to altering behavior that may go against what normative behavioral patterns exist. There are differences in behaviors among boys and girls and sometimes it is just natural; however, persuading gender identity in parenting is simply poor parenting; if of course done in a negative way.
The article suggests parental influences in play styles, but is this really needed if children are just socialized through positive parenting practices? I don’t know the answer and any media reporting seems to lack any real data to show how best to deal with this challenge.