I have partnered with Mattel for this post, but my opinions and story are my own.
You never know how having kids is going to change you. I’m not talking about changes like the stress-related rise in my blood pressure that my kids cause. Or the fact that since I had kids I learned I can function on less than 5 hours sleep.
I am talking about fundamental changes in your priorities and worldview. Things that matter to me now didn’t matter to me then.
For example, back before I was a father I didn’t worry about things like infrastructure, biodiversity, or my credit score.
I was preoccupied with what bar I was going to visit that night, or if it was really necessary to go to class or if I could sleep in just one more hour.
Then I had kids and things changed.
One of the biggest changes in my priorities has come as a result of both of my kids being girls.
It seems that there are still people out there that believe that there are girl things and boy things. They think there is are things girls can’t do just
What is a boy thing?
I really have no idea what a boy thing is or what a girl thing is. Well, I did take anatomy in college but that isn’t what I am referring to.
Is it certain sports or jobs? Is it a subject in school? Seriously this is harder for me to understand then why kids like watching other people play with toys on YouTube.
Maybe it is that I live in what is considered to not be a traditional household. Just in case you didn’t notice, I am a stay at home dad while my wife brings home the bacon.
Or tofu bacon because my doctor wants me to eat healthier and I think my wife may be mad at me.
Aren’t we past this by now? Do people really still think there are things gender is that important a factor in determining a person’s aptitude? Do people still believe that there are activities that are only a boy thing?
Things girls cant do
It drives me crazy that I have to tell my girls that there is no such thing as a boy thing or a girl thing. In fact, the only thing I can think of that drives me crazier would be my girls’ behavior on a snow day.
Speaking of snow, I guess writing their name in the snow they probably couldn’t do. I guess that is something that girls can’t do. Well, unless they learn some fancy gymnastic maneuvers.
Fortunately, I am not the only one bothered about this. The United Nations created 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Then Thomas & Friends joined to help promote six of these goals including gender equality.
Why this is great
For those that have been following me know that I have tried repeatedly to talk to my girls about important subjects. But my girls have a selective hearing loss that only seems to flare up when listening to me.
For each of these topics, Thomas & Friends have created videos and developed tools to help parents of Pre-schoolers talk to their kids about these important topics.
They also created a PDF worksheet you can use to talk to your kids about important issues like gender equality, clean water, and
To download the PDF created by Thomas & Friends click the link below.
It’s time to get off my soapbox
Hopefully, this issue isn’t as big as it seems. I am truly hoping that I am a little bit over sensitive on this issue.
Like every parent, I want what is best for my kids. I want them to reach their dreams and be successful. That anything could preclude them from that type of success bothers me. I want my girls to know that there is nothing that they can’t do.
Since I have been whining about this for the last 500 or so words, I bet you want to know my solution. It’s simple. Don’t let your daughters think there is anything they can’t do.
For those of you with sons, you have something to do as well. Tell them that girls are just as capable as they are. Teach them that gender isn’t a factor in what they can achieve. There is nothing girls can’t do.
There now I can move on to other pressing matters, like finding a place to hide real bacon so my wife
If you want to see some other ways besides fake bacon that my wife can make life tough check out The 5 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Stay At Home Spouse.