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How to help my daughter not stereotype about gender?
This disturbs me because I want her to know that she can be anything she sets her mind to, can wear any color that suits her, doesn't have to wear make-up to be feminine, and can overcome stereotypes or outdated/pre-determined roles for girls and women. She doesn't have to be a mother, she doesn't have to be a secretary or a housewife -- she can be a scientist, a doctor, a car mechanic, an engineer, anything that makes her happy and doesn't bring harm to others. I also don't want her to pressure or oppress other kids that don't fit within her narrow perspective (for example, tease boys that like the color pink, or girls who like to play army on the playground).
What can I do as a parent to help my daughter have a broader understanding about gender? Is she too young to get it? If so, are there things I can do now to prepare her so that when she is old enough to understand, she will?
Thanks in advance for your ideas and help on this.