Valentine's Day sexism

Filed under: Big Kids, Day Care & Education

"I'm horrified." That was my response when Rachel showed me the valentine's she had put together for Jared's class. There was one bag for boys and another for girls. I'm big on gender equality and don't think there should be girl's this or a boy's that. I believe that girls can do anything boys can do and that pink is a perfectly acceptable color for boys.

Rachel disagreed, however. "I know the age," she told me. "Boys will freak if they get pink. Not everyone is raising their kids the same way we are." She's right, of course, just as she always is when it comes to matters of education or early elementary-school-aged children. Although I don't like it, I know I cannot force other parents to raise their kids my way. And so Jared brought two separate bags of valentines to school.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.