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"Wading through and interpreting gender studies, Brown concludes that the way boys and girls learn, play, verbalize, and think is far more similar than dissimilar, though some differences do exist. Brown urges parents to place greater focus on the individual child. As Brown also explores her own feelings as a mother, she is not without humor, and though her anecdotes and observations can be amusing, Brown's message is simultaneously a somber and far-reaching commentary on the ways that gender stereotyping needlessly limits and labels children."-Publisher's Weekly

"Practical and research-based, Parenting Beyond Pink-and-Blue is a terrific guide for parents who want to do the best for both their sons and daughters."
–Lise Eliot, PhD, author of Pink Brain, Blue Brain
 
“Whether you are a parent who believes that boys and girls are ‘just different’ or a parent who believes that gender differences are all ‘just culture,’ you will find valuable science and advice in Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue."
–Lynn S. Liben, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Pennsylvania State University
 
Christia Spears Brown has hit a home run! Unlike many parenting books, this one is based on scientific evidence and conveyed in an engaging writing style. If you want your child to grow up to have opportunities unconstrained by old-fashioned gender stereotypes, this is the book for you.”
–Prof. Janet Shibley Hyde, University of Wisconsin—Madison, and author of Half the Human Experience: the Psychology of Women
 
“Parents want to raise strong and competent daughters and sons, but how can they know what to do and not do when they are bombarded with messages about the ‘natural’ traits and abilities of boys and girls. Christia Spears Brown provides great guidelines for helping all children develop their unique talents by avoiding the traps set by our beliefs about gender differences. It is great read for concerned parents, grandparents, teachers, and others.”
–Dr. Diane F. Halpern, Dean of Social Sciences at Minerva Schools and KGI and McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College

About the Author

CHRISTIA SPEARS BROWN, PhD, is an associate professor of developmental psychology at the University of Kentucky. Her work on the impact of gender stereotypes on children and adolescents has been published widely in scientific journals and featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, local radio shows, NPR, and the CBS Evening News. She blogs regularly for Psychology Today in her column "Beyond Pink and Blue." She is also an expert panelist for the ACLU.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160774502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607745020
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christia Spears Brown, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist and associate professor at the University of Kentucky. Her work on the impact of gender stereotypes on children and adolescents has been published widely in scientific journals and featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, local radio shows, NPR, and the CBS Evening News. She blogs regularly for Psychology Today in her column "Beyond Pink and Blue."

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ste VINE VOICE on April 17, 2014
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Grab a pencil and get ready to mark this book up from cover to cover. The information contained within its pages is not only fascinating, it's critical for anyone interacting with children. What you'll be reading is not an overview of Christia Spears Brown's personal opinions on parenting. Nor is this a book with any sort of political slant. This is an accessible synthesis and down-to-earth discussion of empirical data from decades of scholarly research studies on gender differences in children. (Definitely more accessible than that sentence, I promise.)

No matter what your beliefs about gender roles — that they're ideal or ridiculous — you will still learn from this book. Even the most informed, open-minded reader may be surprised at what an enormous impact gender stereotypes have on children, and how some things that may seem insignificant will ultimately effect a child's future success in school, relationships, mental health, and overall wellbeing. The facts are presented here in the context of the research from which they emerged. Flawed research findings that have been sensationalized in the media are explained, challenged, and discredited. Recommendations are given for avoiding/fighting gender stereotypes at every stage of development. (And rest assured that there are cute anecdotes throughout the book.)

I really feel this is one of the most important books I've read. It was hard to put down, and hard to stop talking about whenever I wasn't reading it. Now it's hard to stop noticing everywhere how much needs to change.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Glenn VINE VOICE on March 29, 2014
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We already have a home that avoids gender stereotypes when possible, this book goes along with many of our beliefs about why we don't allow our larger boy to be pushed into sports because of his size when he is artistic, or our younger boy to be pushed into interests like cars and blocks when he is a nurturer at heart and loves dolls and playing house. This book has many different studies supporting the idea of not segregating our children by gender and enforcing stereotypes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By almosthappy VINE VOICE on June 18, 2014
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I was really pleased with this book. Before reading, I was somewhat skeptical because even though this issue is important to me, gender stereotypes are so culturally pervasive, I thought that the title advertising how to "raise your kids free of gender stereotypes" was somewhat absurd. We do what we can, but kids are not immune to the world around them. Luckily, the text of the book was much more realistic than what the title might suggest. The author points to this dilemma directly and even writes a bit about her own experiences trying to avoid gender stereotypes while still trying to allow her children to have common social experiences with their peers.

Spears Brown also reviews some of the research covered in books that have come out over the last few years, like Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps -- And What We Can Do About It or Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. She presents the research in very accessible ways and provides a good overview for anyone who isn't sure why claims of inherent brain differences between girls and boys are fundamentally suspect.

Later in the book, she covers the concept of "stereotype threat" and makes the case that our emphasis on gender, even when not intended negatively, can create stereotypical behavior in kids. The author provides a number of simple suggestions for reducing gender stereotypes in the home that for many parents will be an extension of what they already try to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Poza on April 21, 2014
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If you're new to the idea of raising kids without gender bias or unaware of some of the potentially damaging effects of raising kids with gender bias, this book is a good place to start. I'm not exactly new to the topic, so the book had a bit less to offer me, but that does not mean it has no value. It is highly readable and takes a lot of research information and presents it in a digestible fashion for the layperson. I also like the fact that Dr. Spears is a realist about such things rather than an extremist. She's not advocating radical parenting, but trying to encourage parents to pick their battles and what it means if you bother not to fight at all.

However, there were several aspects about it that I was not quite so pleased with. The primary one was that it engaged in what is a common and unfortunate tendency to loop around to making the same points again and again and then presenting further data to back it up. While I'm happy to know and hear about the data, I think the point that stereotypes are common, potentially damaging to your child's potential, etc. doesn't need to be reiterated quite so much. It smacks of a lack of creative material presentation, or perhaps a lack of sufficient diverse material to fill 200 pages.

The other aspect of this which I was not a fan of was the clear bias. There is a fair bit of data that supports brain differences between males and females, but such data, when presented, is offered as being either impossible to accurately interpret or dismissed as insufficiently compelling.
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