There’s another trend in children’s room décor (and clothing) that I find irritating: language and artwork that pits the genders against each other or assumes one is superior. You know the phrases because you’ve probably heard them your whole life:
Girls Not Allowed!
Boys Will Be Boys!
Somehow I thought this kind of talk would have been in decline by now, but no.
When I help at my kids’ preschool, I occasionally find myself defending a heartbroken child’s right to enter a play space that’s been taken over by a group of other kids, usually kids of the opposite sex. And usually the group’s reason for not allowing the sad child to join them is gender-based. Clearly today’s kids are still getting a hefty dose of these gender-exclusive messages, and it influences their play. In my opinion, we need to stop promoting these messages in the signage and decorations we use in our children’s bedrooms and on the clothes we dress them in.
Do you disagree? Is this gender-based messaging cute and harmless? Even empowering? Or is it divisive and damaging Are the pro-boy messages also anti-girl, and vice-versa — or not?
Pro-Boy / Anti-Girl (?) Messages
Pro-Girl / Anti-Boy (?) Messages
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Take a look at another trend in children’s room décor that I dislike: