Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes

A guide that helps parents focus on their children’s unique strengths and inclinations rather than on gendered stereotypes to more 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 unique 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.

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Amber T on September 11, 2017 at 6:45 PM.

Beneficial to any parent wanting to raise strong, caring, and healthy children If you are a parent or grandparent, please read this book. It has profoundly affected me, and I use the insight gained almost daily to open and hopefully improve the world that greets my daughter. Training myself to say firefighter (not fireman), police officer (not policeman), and post officer (not postman – my daughter’s doing) took more focus than anticipated, but the fact my 2 3/4 year old thought there were only ‘daddy pilots’ was strong motivation.Recently, I did something…

Anonymous on September 11, 2017 at 7:06 PM.

I read this as a graduate student studying Applied Developmental Psychology in a class on child development. I found this book very easy to read and would recommend it to any parent. However, the book is strongly geared towards to mothers, whom the author claims are the more caring parents. (I disagree with this statement, fathers are just as caring parents.) As a student, I learned a lot from this book to keep in mind for when I am a parent one day. The book references many credible research…

Anonymous on September 11, 2017 at 7:11 PM.

This book is not only related to raise a child for parents, but also a start to think about how the gender stereotype has shaped, sorted, labeled, categorized and segregated ourselves.There are two important points what left a really deep impression to me. First, parents and schools and society shape our children in ways that fit with gender stereotype even when it is unintentional, and kids then get the information and begin to think about it and also stereotype themselves even…