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A guide that helps parents focus on their children's uniue strengths and inclinations rather than on gendered stereotypes to effectively bring out the best in their individual children for parents of infants to middle schoolers Reliance on Gendered Stereotypes Negatively Impacts Kids Studies on gender and child development show that on average parents talk less to baby boys and are less likely to use numbers when speaking to little girls Without meaning to we constantly color code children segregating them by gender based on their presumed interests Our social dependence on these norms has far reaching effects such as leading girls to dislike math or increasing aggression in boys In this practical guide developmental psychologist and mother of two Christia Spears Brown uses science based research to show how over dependence on gender can limit kids making it harder for them to develop into uniue individuals With a humorous fresh and accessible perspective Parenting Beyond Pink Blue addresses all the issues that contemporary parents should consider—from gender segregated birthday parties and schools to sports sexualization and emotional intelligence This guide empowers parents to help kids break out of pink and blue boxes to become their authentic selves


10 thoughts on “Parenting Beyond Pink Blue

  1. says:

    This is an excellent book for parents or even anyone interested in gender and children The author is a psychologist and mother of two young girls and so writes from both an academic and personal perspective Only 200 pages it's just enough information to grasp her argument become familiar with the most current research and pick up some great tips about how to encourage your kids to be their own uniue selves


  2. says:

    A great read for any parent interested in understanding how gender unnecessarily shapes our children and some practical guidance on how to balance that Definitely changed my thinking and interactions with my kid and made me much conscious of how even subconsciously we impact on how our kids see the world We want the best for our kids and this is a great place to start


  3. says:

    This is something I spend a decent amount of time thinking about and I figured I was doing a good job with Emmeline but this book opened my eyes to so many ways that directly and indirectly I can influence her to be her best and to be wary of gender stereotypes A good read


  4. says:

    The first half of the book is about the science while it was interesting I was worried that there weren't many practical applications being discussed That shows up in the second half and it's a decent amount of recommendations if a bit disorganized I'd recommend to start reading at Part III anyone reading this book voluntarily is already on board and doesn't need any convincing I was horrified at the return of the single sex public school I thought we were past this 'separate but eual' crap There's a good reminder on reviewing books and the like there's some pretty horrible sexism and racism in many of those earlier books I'm an uncle and not a parent so that and other gifting and behavior advice is useful for meSorry to say I can't recommend a comprehensive book on the subject parents and people working with kids should definitely read something like Part III in this or another work


  5. says:

    Very interesting and inspiring read Well written with a nice balance of science and practical tips I am glad I have a hardcopy because I am sure I will want to reread the many parenting tips later on


  6. says:

    The subtitle might accurately read Why It's Impossible to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes But Here's How to Try Anyway Not because I think this is a futile endeavor But because the research shows that these stereotypes are embedded really deeply and that kids are affected by them from an extremely young age And while men and women are measurably different as gender groups after a childhood's worth of gendered socialization these differences are pretty minuscule when you try to compare boys and girls As the author puts it boys differ from other boys and girls differ from other girls than boys as a group differ from girls as a group Here's one shocking example of a very subconscious stereotype An analysis of everyday conversations between parents and toddlers shows parents are twice as likely to use numbers when talking to toddler boys as opposed to toddler girls I don't think anyone is doing that on purpose but we are subconsciously bought in to the stereotype that boys are better at math than girls And FYI this stereotype is not true Because of the stereotype teenage girls and women have demonstrably lower confidence in their ability to do math but it doesn't actually reflect any difference in innate abilities The main message of the book is that we should treat our kids as individuals with their gender being an extra bit of biological information much like their height and hair colour We shouldn't let our own stereotypes or the stereotypes of others curtail the natural abilities and inclination of kids and we should steer clear of generalizations that all boys are x or all girls are y because our stereotypes make these generalizations come true by forcing kids into boxes An excellent book not just for parents but for everyone and a good conversation starter


  7. says:

    REALLY interesting read gave me loads to think about Dr Brown pulls from her developmental psychology background and her parenting experience She makes a persuasive case that our society over relies on gender based labeling and assumptions to the detriment of our kids' academic emotional and physical potential The book includes lots of positive practical advice She recommends the simple change of using the word kid when talking about children unless there's a reason to specify the gender so that we're not constantly emphasizing the label of boy or girl A child who's acuiring language attaches a lot of significance to that starts thinking in terms of team boy and team girl Brown offers suggestions when thinking about toys sports parties and conversations And she gives examples about how to offer tactful correction when we hear stereotypes either from our kids or from people who interact with them


  8. says:

    I appreciated the action items proposed in the book but sometimes think the author felt the need to preach to the choir I am reading a book about parenting beyond gender types so I'm already on board The most useful aspect of this book was the way in which the author proposes discussing stereotypes with children I know said but that's not true about everyone She then proposes offering a counter example that the child would understand and explaining how individuals are different Takeaway nugget It isn't about denying that children are girls or boys It is about children not being defined by gender


  9. says:

    I cannot recommend this book highly enough It does such an excellent job not just demonstrating the research on how often gender differences are learned rather than innate but also focusing on the ways in which gender stereotypes are doing a disservice to our kids by not recognizing them as a uniue individual who may or may not subscribe to every characteristic associated with their gender I’m so grateful to be raising a sensitive boy and another who will likely be the same or different in many ways and this was both a sobering reminder of how that might be a challenge for him later on and an inspiration to support him in whoever he wants to be


  10. says:

    Some thought provoking stuff I especially appreciated that Brown took time to explain what we can learn from looking at the compiled results of lots and lots of studies not just a handful with exciting results that make the news There are also some good practical tips on trying to reduce the number of stereotypes that you rely on intentionally or not and tips for how to interact with kids without putting the focus on gender Not exactly a thrill a minute but fairly succinct and short enough to read cover to cover