My Sunday Photo 

My Sunday photo is related to a post I published on Friday about the use of the word Tomboy. When calling a girl a Tomboy. I actually think it is a very offensive term to use. You can read the full post here.  My photo this week is perfect to show that my twins are girls, but that doesn’t mean they can’t climb, wear hoodies and play at anything they want. This picture captures it perfectly, I think. I will always be teaching my twin girls that they can be anything they want in life. I am teaching them to… [Read More]

Tomboy: Its Actually An Offensive Word If You Are Girl 

I recently read a post by my very good friend  Alan who blogs at OMG It’s A Girl called ‘Don’t call me tomboy’. It’s a truly brilliant post about his little girl. What I particularly like about the post is the history behind the word ‘tomboy’ and that it actually dated back to the 16th century, which as Alan said is where it belongs, completly right as well. Another blogger that I admire and have the utmost respect for is Simon who blogs at Man vs Pink. Simon has always written extensively about the gender stereotyping that is so prevalent towards our… [Read More]

My Little Superhero and Princess 

I wrote a post in March last year called Superhero v Princess. The post was all about my five year old twin girls and although there is only two minutes between them being born they really couldn’t be more different in their likes and dislikes. I have wondered for a long time whether it’s nurture or nature and I come to the conclusion that it really has to be nature. Neither my wife nor I are passionate about superheroes or princesses so they couldn’t possibly have been influenced by us. The girls have just turned five years old and after… [Read More]

Gender Stereotyping in our Schools 

Superhero girls

If I am entirely honest I never thought for one minute that I would experience any form of gender stereotyping in our schools, let alone primary school when dealing with four/five year old children, but I have in just the last few days. If we are going to eradicate gender issues and allow our children to be who they want to be and like what they want then we need to start when they are young. It infuriates me that our teachers, and obviously not all teachers, are deciding for the future generations that they are if they are a… [Read More]

Our Children Are Being Influenced everywhere.

Our four year old twin girls really are so very different and as they grow up it is becoming even more obvious. They are not identical twins, but they do at times look exactly like each other. Thankfully R is a little bit taller so they can never catch us out or play games on us! They have the same DNA in relation that they have the same parents so why the difference in personality and character? I have no idea, but what I do know is society is trying in a very subtle way to brainwash our children with… [Read More]

Our twins have such different tastes

The last week has been a little bit difficult to say the least. The girls have had a sickness bug and both my wife and myself have been affected to. I myself, not too badly, but on Friday my wife woke up in a terrible state with severe vomitting. I was able to go to work, but was home by 11am as my wife was finding it difficult to leave the bathroom! On a Friday I do my mums food shopping as she is housebound. T’s one of my favourite jobs of the week, not! The twins came with me… [Read More]

Conversations with my four year olds: Gender Stereotyping

After having a conversation with my four year old twins the other day about what they wanted to be when they were older, it got me thinking. It got me to thinking that they have no idea about gender sterotyping in society, but the reality is it’s alive and kicking. My hope and dream is that by the time they are old enough to understand about gender sterotyping that it has been eradicated once and for all in society. It’s manipulative behaviour  does conditions them that pink is for girls and blue is for boys. The twins were conceived at… [Read More]

Are shops guilty of gender stereotyping kids?

I have yet again been amazed at how ridiculous the big shops are. You may ask why so I shall explain to you how disappointed I am in their attitude towards gender and clothes for our children. We went to ASDA  on Saturday because I needed a pair of cheap jeans for my work. While we were there we decided to have a quick look at the summer clothes for our fast approaching holiday. The girls needed flip flops and maybe a pair of crocs for the beach and around the pool. My disgust at the ridiculous behaviour in having… [Read More]

How far have we come with racism, gender and sexism

Life in the 1950’s was very different to life as we know it now. Racism and sexism was rife and if you happened to be either of these things, then the 1950’s was probably the best era for you live in because the majority of your fellow peers probably thought the same way as you in terms of racist and sexist behaviour. I mean what was the problem? You would go out to work and the little woman looked after the house and children. You could put down all the other races in the world and you were allowed to… [Read More]

Do you want a boy or a girl

Recently I have read a number of articles about people who have tried different ways to dictate the sex of their unborn baby and I suppose I have always wondered why? Regular readers of my blog will know I am a father of five children which includes four daughters and one son. I can honestly say I never had a preference to whether I had a baby boy or a baby girl.  I would imagine that if you set your heart on having a baby boy or girl and the opposite happens to what you wanted the disappointment must be… [Read More]