Recently I wrote a post about how stereotypes are nothing but restrictive to our children and spoke about my personal experience with comments. Before my son was born one of the things I was passionate about teaching him was that stereotypes are silly and often harmful. I have always bought and offered him a range of toys and clothing and encouraged him to develop his own interests and passions. I want Joshua to find out who he is without any restrictions.
My son loves putting on make-up, wearing heels, dresses but also equally enjoys watching Paw Patrol, playing with diggers, cars and trains. He has always been encouraged to choose for himself and we will never steer him away from something because it’s ‘in the girl aisle’.
But I know that as Joshua gets older he will start feeling pressured by his friends and by what others around him are saying and start questioning what he believes to be true.
I recently discovered a Kickstarter campaign for a book called ‘Yes You Can’ written by Cheryl Rickman. To me, this sounds like the perfect book for teaching our children about stereotypes and how they are just plain silly. Cheryl says, “’Yes You Can’ shows kids that all toys, colours and hobbies are for ALL children by explaining gender stereotypes in a child-friendly way.”
But what inspired Cheryl to write this book? Cheryl says, “I’ve been overwhelmed to find out how many parents share the experiences I’ve had (and comments I’ve heard) raising my daughter, which led me to write it.”
If you would like to know more about the project, this video explains it perfectly:
If you would like to see this book get published as much as I do, with your support it’s possible. You can donate to the campaign here and there are rewards ranging from an ebook to a school workshop.
I really do hope that this book gets published as it’s definitely something I would love to buy and read to my son. It would be great to see this book showing children that it’s important for them to make their own choices and to develop their own passions, interests and find their own way, free from restriction.
Cheryl sums up perfectly what impact this book could have: “I really feel that children would benefit from this story to show them that they don’t need to change who they are to suit out-dated gender rules and encourage them to be proud to be all that they are.”
Our children deserve nothing less than freedom to explore and express themselves and with the help of ‘Yes You Can’ they may continue to believe that they can truly be whoever they wish.
Encourage your children to be who they are!