Young children are more likely to play with both girls and boys if their schools or preschools are promoting gender neutrality, a new study held in Sweden showed. Teachers will also avoid gender specific behaviors such as complimenting a girl on her clothes or hair, and books are carefully curated to avoid traditional presentations of gender and parenting roles. Gendered pronouns ‘he\she’ are also avoided. Dr Ben Kenward, one of the researchers on the study, told The Local children has more opportunities for “developing and learning”. “If you don’t limit yourself according to gender you have more opportunities for developing, learning and exposing yourself to situations that allow you to develop. So, for example, if you’re a girl and you don’t avoid the building block toys, or if you’re a boy you don’t avoid playing families. Boys and girls can all develop through these learning opportunities. Avoiding playing with children of the opposite gender is something which means you’re not experiencing certain kinds of interactions that could help you to develop” he added.