Narrative: Teaching Gender
Big Man Kelly
It’s been a long day at work and I’m going home to relax with my family. Most of time going home to my wife and two wonderful kids is the highlight of my work day. Through the garage doors I went, “hello dear, how was your day” I mentioned to my wife. “Just another day” she replied. “Where are the kids” I ask, “in the play room” my wife replied. To the play room I headed, I was eager to see my two year old little boy and growing 4 year old little lady. Then I see it again, my son Kai wearing lipstick and wearing girl clothes. I’ve seen this one to many times now and think it’s time to explain the differences in gender to my two kids.
“Hello Kai, hello Niya come give your daddy a hug” I yelled out walking into the room. “Daddy” they both replied. After a few minutes of hugs and playing, I told my kids I wanted to talk to them about the difference between boys and girls. “I know daddy, Kai is a boy and I’m a girl” my daughter told me. “Your correct sweetheart but it’s a little more complicated than that” I mentioned. My wife walks into the room and I feel a little better because I feel she could better explain certain things about girls to my daughter.
My son just turned two, so I knew he wouldn’t really understand what I was about to tell him. I did my best to keep it short and simple. “Kai come here” I said, you are a boy and boys don’t wear lipstick, makeup and dresses. He looks...