Gender is no doubt a huge factor in parenting. Many parents would like to know their baby’s gender before it is born, because gender matters to them. In our society, the role of girls and women is different from the role of boys and men. It is hard to ignore these roles and treat kids equally, because in the eyes of our society they are not equal.
So what should we do? Should we parent our kids differently if they are boys or girls or should we treat them just the same?
Research on people’s attitude towards boys and girls has found that parents and adults generally treat boys and girls differently even when they are just babies. In a famous research done with a group of babies that were dressed in pink or blue (without any relation to their real gender) the researchers discovered that the pink babies (presumably the girls) were picked up more by the adults and received more eye contact than the blue babies (presumably the boys).
How do you think this translates to parenting?
Well, I decided to ask the Top Parenting Bloggers about their attitude towards parenting boys vs. girls. As usual, it was very interesting to read their comments.
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