You might have been there before with your cute little one. Someone asking innocently if it's a boy or a girl. How about refusing to say whether it's a boy or a girl? This is something some (weird) Swedish parents are doing.
The idea of this approach is great. It's simply wanting a child to grow up without labels. Without constantly giving girls or boys toys to the kids.
Är det en pojke eller flicka? Nej, den frågan om sitt barn Pop vill föräldrarna Nora och Jonas inte svara på. De vill ge sitt barn en så neutral uppväxt som möjligt där Pop ska slippa att bli bemött på ett visst sätt av omgivningen på grund av sitt kön.
– Det är taskigt att släppa ut sitt barn i världen med en lapp i pannan där det står rosa eller blå, säger Nora.
I'm on the parent council of my school and this is often discussed. How do we let the kids grow up without always having girls playing with dolls and boys with cars. Or girls wearing pink and boys blue. I think the best way is talking about it and being aware of stereotypes which exist. Those stereotypes are usually there without anyone thinking about them.
It's ironic that Swedish some Swedish parents are doing this. Sweden is the most gender equal society in the world. It's a place where mother almost equals father. We've come a long way, things are not perfect but we're much further along than anyone else.
Is this a good way to raise kids? Sounds weird to me. I feeel like I can raise my kids with a mix of genders and still let others know if I have a boy or a girl.
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