” Should we follow our child’s lead in the way they want to dress/act? Or should we instill in them the “classic” gender roles that society has deemed appropriate? “
My personal thoughts are that if we are not “controlled” (within reasonable limit) it could easily be that we go too far. We should guide our children and keep them within certain frames to prevent confusion and other issues down the road. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t accept that, in the future, should they want to take a different road.
I was reading a celebrity blog which lead me to an article where the quoted question in this post was asked. It sparked my thoughts and I decided to write it down.
We need to discuss things, even simple things such as the differences between boys and girls. Blue and pink. Car and doll.
I know there are mothers who would disagree with me, mothers who seem anti gender roles. I don’t think we have the right to let our own anger with society or gender roles affect our children. I actually feel it’s important to be clear with what is considered feminine and what is considered masculine.
You know, the world… is a certain way. I feel it is wrong to “allow” children things which possibly could make them target of bullying or other misjoy. No where close do I suggest we shouldn’t be ourselves… but children don’t know that much about the world so it is wrong of us parents not to guide them.
Don’t feminize your boys. A grown man need to feel he is masculine, unless he is homosexual… perhaps (? I know nothing of this). It’s tough being in this world as it is, let’s not add gender confusion to the list.
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Its proponents teach that the doctrine is an aspect of the path to Christian dominion over society, arguing that God’s promise of dominion to Israel applies to Christians today. The doctrine emphasizes the importance of personal empowerment, proposing that it is God’s will for his people to be happy. The atonement (reconciliation with God) is interpreted to include the alleviation of sickness and poverty, which are viewed as curses to be broken by faith. This is believed to be achieved through visualization and positive confession, and is often taught in mechanical and contractual terms. Based on non-traditional interpretations of the Bible, often with emphasis on the Book of Malachi, the doctrine views the Bible as a contract between God and humans: if humans have faith in God, he will deliver his promises of security and prosperity. Confessing these promises to be true is perceived as an act of faith, which God will honor.