Daughters are one of the best things any parent can hope for. They are kind, caring and often tend to listen more to their parents. But even then, there are always certain instances where the societal impact forces us to talk to our daughter in a not so justifiable way. Being in a patriarchal society, women are thought of being less at par with the men and that thinking starts when we stop our daughter from doing something we would let a son do. And in order to raise a voice against this and help create awareness, we would like to tell you about 5 such things that you should never say to your daughter.
1. That’s a guy’s job. Don’t do it
One of the most common things that parents end up saying to their child is that there are certain things that a girl just can’t do. And that is not fair in any way. Everyone is equal and everything that a male can do, a female can do too. So don’t stop your little daughter from doing anything and let them explore the world.
2. It is not safe for you
Yes, keeping your child safe is one of the most important duties you have. But that doesn’t mean that you always have to be there creating a protective shield for them. So, instead of being there for your daughter and protecting her, teach her how to protect her own self. That way you will teach her to be independent and fearless.
3. Don’t impose on their gender identity
Colouring your daughter’s room pink, getting them barbies or “girly” bags is a thing of the past. It’s the modern world and your daughter can have any colour room she wants and can play with hot wheels as well. Trying to impose on their gender identity will only make them think bad about themselves and will restrict them from being free and fearless.
4. Don’t tell them about do’s and don’ts of a girl
“Behave like a girl”, “You are a girl. Don’t do that” are some of the phrases that often parents tend to say to their own daughter. And this leads to women actually feeling inferior from men. So, it is important that you teach them that everyone is equal and they can be whoever and whatever they want to be.
5. You should start learning all the girly chores
It is not only for the girls to learn all the daily household chores. Both men and women should be aware of them. So, stop saying to your daughter that she is supposed to know all the household chores just because she is a girl. And if you have a son and a daughter then teach both of them the same chores and both of them should be experts in it.