Monday, 16 June 2014

The Wizard Of Oz - Walking Down the Yellow Brick Road with our Boys

I'm very aware of not assigning gender roles to our little monsters, but that comes for working with a lot of different kids and seeing the diversity in interest, the importance of not limiting their experiences and simply pigeonholing them. It drives me crazy when little boys aren't allowed to play with dolls (don't we want our little boys to be helpful fathers when they grow up?) or little girls aren't allowed to play in the dirt with trucks (don't we want our little girls to change a flat tire on the side of the road when they're grow up?)! These are all important life skills that we can role model and teach our little monsters at a very young age- A lot of the times we do this with out even knowing.
 
Role models are very important to our little monsters in lives. First it's Mommy and Daddy and then extended family and friends. Next, (depending how much TV your little monsters watch), the characters in the films they watch. Communications expert Colin Stokes gives us a great insight on the role models we introduce to our little monsters at a very young age- Thanks to a growing awareness of gender representation, the world is now safe for girls in armour- but is the hero journey we've gotten used to inherently limiting? This is a very thought-provoking and funny talk about the importance of male role models, for both our little girls and boys. Definitely made me think twice!
 
 

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