Daughters Can Be Rad Just Like Their Dad: Asda’s Think Not

The definition of RAD generally is awesome, so when I saw a range of clothes at Asda’s the other day, I instantly thought, yes my one twin girl, R, would love these. However, my heart instantly sank, and you may ask why? While some retailers in the high street have now done away with girls and boys clothing departments namely John Lewis, many supermarkets still refuse to accept that gender dividing clothes is quite honestly unacceptable to most parents. The truth is not all girls are princesses and love the colour pink, and not all boys love the colour blue… [Read More]

Dads Taking Their Daughters To The Mens Toilet

Today I will be speaking on the Radio at around 10am. A researcher phoned me from the Jason Mohammed show which is broadcast on Radio Wales to ask if I would like to be interviewed. The subject matter was dads taking their daughters to the mens toilet in public places. I didn’t know it at the time, but apparently a journalist had caused outrage on the ITV show, This Morning, saying that dads should not be taking their daughters to the mens toilet. So I thought I would give my thoughts and opinions on actually what I consider a ridiculous… [Read More]

Transgender Kids 

A little while ago I watched Louis Theroux’s documentary about transgender kids. I was completely engrossed by the show and the stories of children not knowing, or in fact knowing if they are in the right body or if they are the right gender. Since watching the show I have struggled to decide if it is right for children to be having gender consultations, therapy and in some cases drugs for a gender re-assignment. I will say though that it is the fundamental right of any human being to be who they want to be, and that choice must never… [Read More]

Gender Stereotyping Is Not Going To Stop My 5 Year Twin Girls: So They Say

Nearly every morning my five year old twins wake up at around 6am which is ok because they are usually fast asleep by 6.45pm every night. The downside for me is that once I’m awake that’s it, I can’t go back to sleep, so I generally get up with the them, while their mum lies in bed with her eye mask on and earplugs in, dreaming in the land of nod. Haha! I always sit with the girls on the sofa while they watch CBeebies and it’s a time of day I love, because they chat away about all sorts… [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]

Do We As Parents Dictate What Toys Our Children Play With 

I have written on a few occasions about gender stereotyping when it comes to toys, films and activities for our children. I am 100% behind toys being gender free. As parents I have often wondered do we influence what toys our children play with because of our own likes and dislikes from childhood? After all our children as they grow up are like sponges and hear everything we say, and without question mimic us. Above all things though, they trust us completely and without reservation. So if I was playing call of duty on the Xbox would they then think… [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]