Child-Rearing Practices the Emphasizes Gender Equality
There are problems about gender equality rampant in any place that we go. When a boy decides to train under the Golden Dance & Cheer Academy, his parents will convince him to do something else that is manlier. Some of the parents’ actions towards their children raised a citizenry with a belief on hyper-masculinity in men and an overly emphasized femininity in women.
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.
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. With the way kid’s products are presented by their advertisements, convincing them to buy is so easy. 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. Children can be exposed to magazines containing images that make them feel bad about themselves, specifically on what a gender ought to be. 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. What you can do as a parent is to tell your kids that the advertisement is not fair to both boys and girls.
You have to do equal parenting. Demonstrating equal parenting means showing your kids that either the two of the parents do household chores and do the driving for the family. In this way you are helping your kid to be free from the influences of gender stereotypes. It should not be the wife’s own responsibility to look after the kids, it is also the husband’s responsibility also.
You have to teach your kids that gender stereotypes are bad. 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.