As young children develop, they begin to explore gender roles and what it means to be a boy or a girl. Cultures provide expectations for boys and girls, and children begin learning about gender roles from the norms of their family and cultural background. They also hear messages about gender roles from the larger world around them.
Through our workshops with caregivers and children in schools and communities, we offer a developmental perspective on why it’s important to let children explore different gender roles, understanding difference between gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation, understanding developmentally appropriate curiosity about bodies.
We believe that, early learning environments are important places to teach children language and behavior that helps them all feel good about who they are and how to recover from the hurts they may cause each other.