Talking with Young Kids about Gender

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Last Updated: 08-Mar-2017 16:31



Many adults feel nervous talking about gender with kids. They worry that they won’t say the
right thing or maybe they don’t know what to say at all. Here are a few key concepts about
gender, some language you might use, and some conversation starters/tips you may want to try
with the kids in your life. These are just some ideas and are certainly not the only ways to talk
about gender with kids. Be proactive in your conversations by bringing up topics about gender;
don’t wait for your child to bring it up or for an experience or incident to talk about. Practice (by
yourself or with other adults) talking about gender without bias, embarrassment, or judgment.
When ready, invite your child into the discussion. We hope this will inspire you to find words and
activities that feel right for you and that will spark conversation!

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