These days there are so many issues with gender-related crimes still today. In fact, we are hearing more and more about those in authoritative positions, police officers, attacking and sometimes killing young African-American men. We have to ask ourselves why in this day and age we are still having issues with racism.
It is a really great that Sharlene Johnson from Parents Magazine hit on a similar topic of concern, same-gender relationships. As society pushes for the freedom of same sex equality, more friction happens to be the result. Perhaps if parents teach their children from a young age that equality for all people is encouraged, the equality will carry forth as the kids age.
It is important to encourage your youngsters to have friendships of every variety: friends of different races, genders, same gender and religions. Of course, there are certain ages that kids may have a preference of one gender over the other and that is just a matter of growing up. However, as they age, it is okay for boys and girls to hang out together.
Parents simply need to be involved. Start by talking to their children about this issue. Kids cannot really catch “cooties” from playing with a friend of the opposite sex, a different race or a different religion. It is up to you to get that point across. One way to do that is by example.
If you have differing friends, your children will feel comfortable choosing friends of varying backgrounds as well. On the flipside, if you talk down about certain people of color, age, religion or gender, this could show your children that it is not only okay to distinguish but to do so on a regular basis.
In this time of existence, genders are crossing paths in work and play. Where there were all-girl or all-boy schools, jobs, clothing, even cologne, that does not happen to be the case now. Females are playing all types of sports, there are mixed-gender classrooms, it is okay for boys to wear pink and girls to wear blue and even Calvin Klein has made cologne called ‘One’ so that both males and females can wear the same stuff.
Somehow there are still invisible lines being drawn and it just is not right. It necessary for parents to help get the important points across to their children from an early age and to follow up as they age. Show your children by example so that perhaps some of the bad stuff will finally go away. People are people and are all made to love. The world has become a little bit smaller but still there are small thinkers in every crowd. Let’s try to stop that with future generations!