Imparting to Kids the Importance of Gender Equality
Gender equality issues are everywhere. Clubs like the Golden Dance & Cheer Academy are off-limits to boys since the activities done by them are deemed inappropriate for a boy to do. Instances like that has made boys believe that they should be tough and that girls have to be pretty always.
The society we live in is partly to be blamed on the development of such detrimental concepts on gender among the younger generations. Kids have more or less a good idea about their gender when they reach two or three years of age, in that stage parents have the capability to mold them into someone who has an unbiased view on gender. You can try doing these actions towards your children for them to develop a balanced view of gender.
Help your kids identify sexist advertising. You can never directly observe the impact of an advertisement because it seems to present simplistic ideas, when they are actually not. Advertisement directed to kids are designed to be so fascinating for them. Once a child sees a toy commercial, they are hooked to the idea of owning one for themselves. Candy stores design their candies in a such a way to easily convince kids to buy them, aside from that these candies are strategically place for it to be easily noticed. The magazines for kids have content that promote negative feelings in kids about the expectations on their gender. Children are made to believe by some advertisements that there are girls toys and boys toys. According to these advertisements girls has to play with make-up, baking toys, and dolls; boys on the other hand has to play with Lego, trucks, and army figurines. What you can do as a parent is to tell your kids that the advertisement is not fair to both boys and girls.
Demonstrate equal parenting in the household. You can do some task reversal by allowing your husband to do some chores in the house, and for you to do the driving for the kids. By demonstrating that to them, the children understand that gender stereotypes are not helpful at all but are limiting to a person. It should not be the wife’s own responsibility to look after the kids, it is also the husband’s responsibility also.
As a parent, steer your kids away from gender stereotyping. Be careful in addressing a gender stereotype that your child seems to believe in. Going back to the Golden Dance & Cheer Academy illustration, suppose your kid says that he cannot join it because only girls can be there, you as a parent can present to him male dances who can be a good example for him.