You can see that issues on gender equality exist in many areas of the society. 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. You can try doing these actions towards your children for them to develop a balanced view of gender.
Help your kids identify sexist advertising. Marketing is crucial in encouraging consumers to buy goods, but it also is crucial in developing a person’s point of view on things. 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. 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. 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.
You have to do equal parenting. The husband can help in doing the household chores and the wife can do the driving. In this way you are helping your kid to be free from the influences of gender stereotypes. Working together in parenting not only means providing money for your child’s needs but equally partaking in taking care of the child.
You have to teach your kids that gender stereotypes are bad. 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.