A mom in Maryland is garnering national attention after she complained on social media about a children’s toy being sexist and outdated.

Gina Zuk Gerber, mother of two, was shopping at Toys “R” Us this month when she noticed a Fisher-Price Little People pink SUV toy, complete with a “mom” toy figure to drive. The vehicle, which makes talking sounds, includes several phrases including “time for yoga and a smoothie!”

Gerber posted a picture of the toy on Facebook, a post that went viral. She was dismayed, she said, at the difference between the boy and girl toys. The toys geared toward girls seemed to focus on the home and limited in “girl” colors, while the boy toys have more color options and various areas of career interest.

“The only ones with all-girl figures were all smothered in pink and purple, they worked in interesting places like the ‘home,’ and they all lacked the multiple educational elements the ‘boys’ toys had,” she wrote in her post. “It’s 2016 people. Fisher-Price needs to step it … up and show women working in all types of fields and in leadership roles.”

Gerber, who is senior vice president at Abel Communications, told The Huffington Post that raising a daughter has changed her perspective on toys and gender stereotypes. She also has a son, who is 12.

As a mom raising two young daughters and a son, I can empathize. My oldest daughter and son share a room with bunk beds and while the room has gender-neutral decor, it’s glaringly obvious whose toys are whose. There’s the pink princess castle, the pink oversized doll house and pink wooden toy kitchen. There’s also my son’s growing collection of “Star Wars” light sabers, plastic remote control cars and Hot Wheels cars in bright, primary colors.

What I’ve learned, however, is that while our son loves Star Wars, Ninja Turtles and anything Lego, our 7-year-old daughter does, too. And while both of our girls love princesses, our 5-year-old son will generally want to play with whatever his sisters are playing with. Sometimes that means having all three of my kids in princess dresses or my son wheeling around a toy stroller, pretending he’s a dad. Sometimes it means my oldest daughter is dressing up as Darth Vader and my 18-month old daughter is toddling around the house with toy trucks.

We gravitate toward toys that involve imaginative play — lots of dress-up costumes — and toys involving building skills. I personally try to steer clear of toys that make lots of sounds or require a lot of batteries. But what I’ve found, and appreciate, is that my kids often prefer simple toys like magnetic blocks, wooden blocks and Legos, toys that are truly gender-neutral.

In our house, there’s not a designation between “boy toys” and “girl toys” because generally, our three kids play with them all regardless.

I agree with Gerber — there should be more female role models in toys, especially toys relating to careers. Yes, parenthood and running a home is a reality for a lot of women, but having a full-time job is, too. It’s important to get both boys and girls thinking about careers early, just as important as it is to foster the idea of running a home.

It’s up to us parents to start the conversation to ensure that they reach for their goals and see beyond socially outdated or gender-biased toys that are out there.

— Lydia Seabol Avant writes The Mom Stop for The Tuscaloosa News, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Reach her at lydia.seabolavant@tuscaloosanews.com.