Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue

How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes

by Christia Spears Brown, PhD

A guide that helps parents focus on their children's unique strengths and inclinations rather than on gendered stereotypes to more effectively bring out the best in their individual children, for parents of infants to middle schoolers. 

Reliance on Gendered Stereotypes Negatively Impacts Kids

Studies on gender and child development show that, on average, parents talk less to baby boys and are less likely to use numbers when speaking to little girls. Without meaning to, we constantly color-code children, segregating them by gender based on their presumed interests. Our social dependence on these norms has far-reaching effects, such as leading girls to dislike math or increasing aggression in boys.

In this practical guide, developmental psychologist (and mother of two) Christia Spears Brown uses science-based research to show how over-dependence on gender can limit kids, making it harder for them to develop into unique individuals. With a humorous, fresh, and accessible perspective, Parenting Beyond Pink & Blue addresses all the issues that contemporary parents should consider—from gender-segregated birthday parties and schools to sports, sexualization, and emotional intelligence. This guide empowers parents to help kids break out of pink and blue boxes to become their authentic selves.


Recent Reviews

Book Review: Parenting Beyond and Blue

Courtney Horr

5 Stars

As a new teacher, I thought this book would be a great choice to get into. Although we don't have children of our own yet, much of this affects us with our jobs, our friends' kiddos, and gives us things to think about and discuss for the…

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crystal eberle

5 Stars

As a mom of 3 children, so happens to be all girls. I have noticed in this society girls have been treated differently as guys. Meaning girls can’t do what guys can. So, when I had the chance to read this book I wanted a little more…

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