Do you believe this is the case? Have you heard this saying? Did your family say and/or believe this line of thinking?
I don’t like it. I really don’t like it.
My kids have been told this by two of their daycare providers. I like both of the women, but I don’t believe they should be teaching this to our children — my children.
My last caretaker told them ‘kids should be seen and not heard.’ I was standing there at the time and I told them that wasn’t true. It was okay to speak. I am just saying. She used to tell them certain things were only for boys too. I was also there for that one and I told them girls can do what boys can do, as long as it’s not against the rules. She told them certain toys were for boys too. Again, I disagreed. What toy couldn’t a girl play with? That is just stupid. It sets girls up to put boys on an unnecessary pedestal. Why? Did these boys do something special? Why are they given all these rights from birth? Kids should be treated the same.
I don’t want my daughters to live in the shadows of the boys and the men in their lives. Why are women even pushing this sexism? It makes no sense to me.
I tell my kids the opposite of what they are told, in terms of this “girls can’t do this and that” foolery. My current caretaker is a woman I love. She took care of my kids for years. I recently brought them back to her this summer. She is amazing in so many ways. I am going out of my way to continue staying with her when school starts. We left because I didn’t have a car and I just couldn’t keep traveling to see her anymore.
My 4-year-old told me “little girls should be seen and not heard” yesterday when I picked her up. She told me the teacher told her that. I told her that wasn’t the case. But, I think I was confusing her because we normally listen to the teacher. I had to totally stop it right there though.
It irks me to the core. I need to have a talk with the teacher.