A new survey of children ages two through twelve has revealed that as much as we parents often try to make certain that we are teaching our children that there are no real strengths or weaknesses in either gender, the kids themselves aren’t quite getting the message.
Readers of Highlights Magazine were asked questions about things boys are better at than girls, and vice versa. The results? A majority of kids still respond that boys are better at sports and video games.
As for girls?
“Being pretty wearing stuff boys can’t wear and wear make up. Having a lot of pink.”
“In cleaning houses because boys don’t sweep very well like girls do.”
“Girls are better at wearing high heels.”
Despite our ongoing efforts, it seems that children are developing more gender stereotypes, not less. I can’t help but wonder if it’s time to break the “Free to Be You and Me” DVD back out in our own house, or bring my old favorite, “He Bear, She Bear,” back into the rotation at story time.
“There’s lots of things to do or be, no matter if we are He or She.”
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