We’ve always been very careful to teach our kids that boys and girls can do the same things and enjoy the same toys, colours, characters, games etc. Our kids have always been very open-minded and happy to play with toys considered appropriate for the opposite sex.
However since they’ve been at kindy and school the level of peer pressure they face from other kids is really quite extreme, and I feel they are slowly being worn down, which makes me so sad. They are constantly being told pink is only for girls, boys like cars and spiderman, girls like jewellery and princesses……
Does anyone have any tips for dealing with this barrage from other kids and countering the sexism kids are being taught so early? I really feel as though the stereotyping and gender conditioning isn’t challenged anywhere near enough by teachers and schools etc too. Would love to hear others’ experiences and thoughts on how to deal with gender stereotyping
Posted anonymously, 28th November 2014