- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160774502X
- ISBN-13: 978-1607745020
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
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Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes Paperback – April 8, 2014
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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
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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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For a parent, it does definitely have some perks with solid advice about how to notice gender stereotypes within your children and yourself, offering easy to implement tips about how to correct these and how to avoid falling into stereotypes that can adversely impact your kiddos.
For researchers, this book offers insight into what still needs to be done and makes some good points about the importance of publication and dissemination of research findings, even when no significant differences are found.
For policy-makers, this book can get the wheels in your head turning about how best to limit the negative impacts falling into a gender stereotype can have for a child and for the future. If you learn about the false stereotypes, you can shape policies and programs to adequately address these before they take hold of future generations.
For teachers (or anyone who interacts with groups of children), I would definitely recommend this book as well. A lot of misconceptions are out there about gender stereotypes and academics and you may not even know that you are allowing these stereotypes to guide your practices or how you say things. PLEASE GIVE THIS A READ IF YOU TEACH CHILDREN.
With research findings to back up all claims, the author does a fantastic job of pointing out both small and large things that can activate stereotypes in individuals and simple ways to address these. You are shaping the minds of the next generation. Be awesome (or even more awesome than you already are) and help make children the best that they can be and believe in themselves/their strengths and abilities by knowing how girls and boys are actually different and how they are not.
She uses amazing research to back things up. She uses relatable examples (even for individuals, like myself, without kiddos) to paint a picture and show the strength of stereotypes at different stages of development.
Some would say she is opinionated but I would say her opinions do not take away from the valuable gender stereotype lesson you can get from reading this book.
It’s a fast read….just take the time. You won’t regret it.
There are two important points what left a really deep impression to me. First, parents and schools and society shape our children in ways that fit with gender stereotype even when it is unintentional, and kids then get the information and begin to think about it and also stereotype themselves even when parents start to fight it. It sounds like ridiculous. But depending on the Ecological Theory, particularly earlier in childhood, the family microsystem impact the parent and child, which means what parents think about important issue, children will notice what parents make meaningful and then kids try to understand this important and then develop their own explanations for gender groups. On the other hand, when parents noticed the limitation which brought from gender stereotype, they are also very hard to change it, because kids also living in a exosystem and macrosystem which offers the stressors more distal to the family microsystem impact the parents and child. This is why fight for gender stereotype still has a long way to go.
Second, whenever a negative stereotype about a group exists, the people in that group are worried about living up to that stereotype, which is really painful. The worst part of stereotype threat is that it affects the people who care most about their performance. And also maybe you have not noticed that, but a situation triggers this concern, such as a girl never thought that the performance of girls’ math academic ability is not high, but once she felt unsatisfied with her math, then this will trigger the concern and reduce her math performance even she would never know that. It was too horrible!
In conclusion, this book is a start to pay more attention to gender stereotype and to think how to give our children more space and choice to grow free and what they really want to be, which also a process to explore and get closer to our true selves.