To all mothers and daughters, Happy International Women's Day!
Today serve as a reminder for us to promote and celebrate gender equality. In the year 2020, with the theme "I am Generation Equality: Realising Women's Rights," it is essential to know how you, as parents, can help raise this awareness in your children, be it, daughter or son.
Gender equality starts at home. Families are the foundation of change and parents are at the front lines for this. Below are three Girl Empowering tips you can inspire children in your family.
1. Lead by Example
How you model gender equality at home is how children will learn and follow. Show kids how you respect diversity and equality. Let children know that everyone in the family shares equal rights and freedom and that every single member deserves the same respect. Just because you're the mother or father, does not mean you have the rights to talk down your children or instruct them to do things against their will ("my daughter has to learn how to cook", "my daughter has to wear according to what I say.")
2. Get rid of stereotypic beliefs
Since everyone in the family is equal, there shouldn't be a notion or beliefs like "a girl should wash the dishes" or "a girl should know how to cook." Instead, let's try doing things together as a family. Wash the dishes together, load the laundry together, cook together, and vacuum together. Put gender biases aside and promote team effort.
There is also no such thing as a girl can't be a builder, or a boy can't be a fashion designer. It is time to get rid of these traditional beliefs and start embracing diversity and equality. As parents, we have to encourage and inspire kids to be brave in doing anything they are passionate about. Gender should not get in the way of your child's success.
3. No Body Shaming
Children's confidence and security start at home. Parents need to be mindful and careful with words when it comes to body appearances. In today's society, we constantly find ourselves comparing to the beauty standards set by the culture and media. With the increased popularity of social media, children and teenagers measure themselves against unrealistic beauty standards.
Refrained yourself from saying "stop eating, it will make you fat", "this dress makes you look pretty", "why are you getting fatter." Instead of body shaming, as parents, we can model a body-positive mindset and lifestyle at home by guiding them to eat healthily and exercise, and not by how they look.