Gender equality doesn’t have to be hard for any parent. Like a road with many paths, there is no right or wrong approach in showing kids the way beyond gender stereotypes.
This website has curated a series of 2-minute articles that give you ideas, suggestions and measures toward creating an environment in which gender-neutral parenting is easier.
Mixing up the colours and patterns of your child’s bedroom walls, blankets and curtains is a quick and easy move in a positive direction. Clothes, toys and games that cross gender lines give way more options for kids to express themselves freely. And reading books with both your sons and your daughters will only expand their horizons (there eight great books that you can already look into into).
In addition to environmental influences, the language children hear can have a deep impression on their values and beliefs.
Gender stereotypes rolling off the tongue can often be so subtle that we often don’t notice them until it’s too late. They can come from anybody — grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends, teachers and even yourself. There are some articles on the importance of being mindful when it comes to complimenting a child’s appearance, gender-loaded nicknames, labels and phrases that inadvertently send kids unhealthy messages.
But thinking before speaking is where it all begins.
Changing habitual thinking is not as daunting as it sounds. It can be as simple as asking the question, ‘Am I leaving room for my child to make their own choices?’ It can be as natural as encouraging and supporting kids to make choices outside the stereotype. And it can be as instructive as giving them the knowledge and the language to act there way confidently.
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