The Need to Teach Gender Equality among Children
There are problems about gender equality rampant in any place that we go. For instance a boy who wants to join the Golden Dance & Cheer Academy is discouraged because it is too girly for him. Because of the limitations set by some parents on their children’s activities, their sons and daughters are raised to have a limited idea also on what a man and a woman has to be.
The society we live in is partly to be blamed on the development of such detrimental concepts on gender among the younger generations. Considering that a child will have a basic idea of his or her gender at age two to three, the parents can be a good influence on the development of such identity. Here are some of the things a parent can do to help his or her child develop a good idea on what gender is.
Guide your kids to know what Sexist advertising is like. The message in marketing is subtle that a person cannot notice that he or she is already influenced. Children are easily attracted to advertisements targeted for them, because these are crafted to easily catch their attention. The advertisements make the kids feel that they need the toy. The goodies in candy shops are colored in a way to attract children and are placed on reachable containers for the kids to get. Magazines project unrealistic gender expectations to their young readers leading them to believe that they are either not man enough or woman enough. A clear message on toy advertisements is the differentiation between the toys for the girls and boys. Advertisements make the boys believe that they can only have trucks, army figurines, and Legos for toys; girls are made to believe also that they can only have baking toys, dolls, and make-up for toys. Your kids ought to know that it is ok for them to play with any toy they want, and not follow what the advertisements try to convince them to do.
You have to do equal parenting. 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. You have to make sure that the two of you parents help in the care of your children.
Do your responsibility to prevent the integration of gender stereotypes to your child’s identity. Work hard in conversing with your child, whenever he or she presents a gender stereotype. If you hear your child exclaiming that only girls should join the Golden Dance & Cheer Academy, then inform him or her kindly that boys can have roles in dance plays too.