Difficult Conversations with Your Kids

Parent and professor of psychology Tanu Shree Singh helps you figure out how to have the tough conversations with your kids

Episode 19 July 18, 2019

How to discuss gender roles and stereotypes with children

As notions of gender roles evolve, how can parents play their part in helping their children avoid gender stereotypes? What are the knee-jerk patriarchal norms that we should watch out for in ourselves? Each time a child deviates from what is considered a “normal” gendered behaviour, he or she is corrected and sometimes, even scolded. How can we change this reaction and help our children respond to bullying? In a time when boys are being asked to be not too aggressive and not too soft, what does masculinity mean? Anuradha Verma, who heads Express Parenting, talks to parent and psychologist Tanu Shree Singh about easy tips on how to start discussing gender roles with their children.

Read a list of children’s books that break stereotypes here.


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How to discuss gender roles and stereotypes with childrenAs notions of gender roles evolve, how can parents play their part in helping their children avoid gender stereotypes? What are the knee-jerk patriarchal norms that we should watch out for in ourselves? Each time a child deviates from what is considered a “normal” gendered behaviour, he or she is corrected and sometimes, even scolded. How can we change this reaction and help our children respond to bullying? In a time when boys are being asked to be not too aggressive and not too soft, what does masculinity mean? Anuradha Verma, who heads Express Parenting, talks to parent and psychologist Tanu Shree Singh about easy tips on how to start discussing gender roles with their children. Read a list of children's books that break stereotypes here. You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook and Twitter @expresspodcasts, or send us an email at podcasts@indianexpress.com. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on www.indianexpress.com/audio.