The education and example that children receive at home is essential. The little ones are authentic absorbent sponges for learning and knowledge. As such, they reproduce what was heard, heard, lived and said at home like a gramophone. They look at everything, without filters, even the simplest gestures that go unnoticed to us. This is the case, for example, of some macho expressions that we say daily without being aware of what they mean. Therefore, I propose a reflection: what if you wereeducating a macho child?
We are currently living in very turbulent times in terms of gender equality. We must build a society that seeks equality and eliminates the macho supremacy so established both socially and culturally still today. In the end, children are a reflection of the society and culture where they live and we must ensure that they are educated in equality and feminism.
To start this article I would like to make an important clarification: feminism is not the opposite of machismo. Feminism is a social movement that calls for women to recognize capacities and rights that have traditionally been reserved for men.
If children hear or see sexist attitudes toward women, they will repeat those patterns tomorrow. For this reason, below I propose some behaviors that you should reflect on, since they promote machismo among our children.
Take note of the following attitudes and reflect honestly to see if these behaviors are occurring in your home. From there, it is so simple (or so complicated) how to go about ending them.
1. 'That's for girls'
Some phrases like these can be very dangerous, as they show contempt and animosity for what they usually qualify as 'girlish things'. 'That's for girls', 'the color pink is for girls', 'don't play this because it's for girls' ...
Many times we parents are the ones who are teaching them to make this distinction between things for girls and things for boys. It is convenient to reflect on it and correct it from home.
2. We transmit wrong educational beliefs
There are children who receive erroneous educational beliefs. That is, someone has explained to them that a woman is not the same as a man, that she cannot perform certain functions or jobs ... That learning has been made by belief.
Some of the most repeated examples in relation to this are: 'a woman cannot do construction work or cannot go to the army'; there are also those of 'men do not cry'; We cannot forget the classic 'boys help girls with household chores'; 'they play physical sports worse' or 'this sport is for boys', 'I go to the doctor with my mother and to the football that my father takes me' ...
We are talking about daily situations that we have so ingrained that we are not aware of them, but that do determine a gender inequality in our daily lives.
3. The language with which we speak of women
The third is the language with which we usually create the atmosphere of women. We must reflect on the way in which we address men and women. Remember that language generates the story we tell ourselves (Mónica Galán).
As almost always, the bottom line is that we first have to watch our words and actions, remain vigilant for any deviations in conduct that we deem to be wrong, and then act accordingly.
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