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Parenting beyond pink and blue : how to raise your kids free of gender stereotypes
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  Library Journal Review

Brown (developmental psychology, Univ. of Kentucky; Psychology Today, blogger at Beyond Pink and Blue), a leading specialist on the impact of gender stereotypes, offers a review of the latest research combined with a guide to raising children free of the negative influence of gender expectations and limitations. She argues that children are "free to flourish" when gender is deemphasized and covers both the neuroscience and cultural influences of sex in language that is accessible and at times even humorous. Beyond the issues of "pink and blue," her assertions have a scientific rather than feminist flavor and will enlighten those even of the "boys will be boys" school. -VERDICT Much quality literature has been published over the last few years on gender studies, and this title juxtaposes other works such as Leonard Sax's Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need To Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences. For all libraries serving parents. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Brown, associate professor of developmental psychology at the University of Kentucky and a Psychology Today blogger, has researched the impact of gender stereotypes on children and teens. Here, she presents her argument to parents, asserting that the differences between boys and girls are far less pronounced than the media and some other authors contend (most notably, Michael Gurian, whose Gurian Institute trains educators to approach the learning styles of boys and girls quite differently). Wading through and interpreting the 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; for instance, boys are more physically aggressive and their brains develop at a slightly slower pace than girls'. The mother of two girls, Brown urges parents to beware of studies that are flawed and overstated, and to place greater focus on the individual child. As Brown also explores her own feelings as a mother, she is not without humor, sharing for instance, a boy/girl pizza birthday party ambushed by the pizza maker's unsolicited gender-based comments ("Boys always like pepperoni"). 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. Agent: Linda Konner, Linda Konner Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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. <br> <br> When parents place less emphasis on gender, children are free to flourish in activities and ways that are authentic to them. Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue uses everyday language and relatable situations to reveal the cutting-edge scientific research behind our cultural acceptance of outdated gender roles and our cultural focus on gender differences. This book helps parents take notice of the dangerous ways a focus on gender differences can--without meaning to--limit our kids, such as leading girls to dislike math and increasing aggression in boys. Developmental psychologist (and mother of two) Christia Spears Brown, PhD, offers practical information on how parents can be a little less gender-driven in their parenting, presenting a fresh, accessible, even humorous perspective on raising a son or a daughter--it's not about ignoring or denying gender differences, but it is about not feeling relegated to one half of Toys-R-Us. Modern parents want to raise their children as unique individuals; Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue helps them break out of the restrictive pink or blue box.
Table of Contents
Acknowledmentsp. vi
Prologue On Being the Weird Daughter-in-Lawp. vii
Part IGender Differences: Changing Our Focus
Chapter 1Noticing Genderp. 2
Chapter 2Why Labels Matterp. 12
Chapter 3Why We Focus on Gender Differencesp. 35
Part IIGender Facts: Science and Stereotypes
Chapter 4There Are Gender Differencesp. 52
Chapter 5How Different Is Different?p. 72
Chapter 6Decoding Neurosciencep. 86
Part IIIRaising Unique (Fun, Well-Rounded, Smarter, and Happier) Kids
Chapter 7How Children Help Create the Differences We Seep. 114
Chapter 8Parenting a Stereotypep. 140
Chapter 9Accidentally Shaping Who Children Becomep. 156
Chapter 10Stereotype Sneak Attacksp. 172
Chapter 11Separate but Equal? An Old Problem Is New Againp. 187
Epilogue: Dropping the Stereotypes and Picking Your Battlesp. 206
Notesp. 210
About the Authorp. 220
Indexp. 221
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