We live in a world where were women are forever being marginalized, exploited and oppressed, not to mention the way they are objectified in movies, music videos, commercials and what not. In an environment like this, how do you teach the next generation—especially the boys—to respect women? It’s hard to imagine but, your little boys today are going to be tomorrow’s boyfriends, husbands, and fathers—important players in shaping the society and world of the future. One of the most important lessons that a father can pass on to his son is respect for the opposite sex. Here’s how a dad can help to teach his young man at home to treat women the right way.
1. Set An Example
Boys look upto the adult men in their life for inspiration. A father can be one of the most powerful role models. Treat the women in your life as equals and the little fellow is bound to follow. Teach him that chivalry is not dead, but is part of the responsibility of being physically stronger. Hold the door open, carry the bags home from the car, and offer assistance, regardless of gender. Being chivalrous doesn’t make you subservient, it shows your good breeding.
2. Appreciate Women’s Role and Contribution In The Household
Whether your wife is a stay at home mom or works outside, never demean her role in the running of the family. Managing a household is not an easy task. Balancing work and home is even harder. Appreciate and compliment her often, even in her absence. Children pick up cues from their environment.
3. Don’t Gender Stereotype
When children grow up with the impression that cooking and cleaning is a woman’s job, it’s going to be hard for them to get out of that space when they grow. Pitch in with the house work, be it washing the car or hanging the clothes out to dry. Whip up a meal once in a while, or if cooking is not your forte, help in setting the table or clearing after. That way, boys will learn that no task is below them and that they should contribute equally.
4. Do Not Judge The Choices Of Women
Teach your son that just as he has the freedom to make his own decisions, women do too. They deserve to have the freedom to pick the career of their choice and wear what they feel comfortable in. If boys get a notion that a woman’s place is in the kitchen and that she should be covered from head to toe at all times, they are bound to have the same views as adults and be critical about it.
5. Encourage Interaction With The Opposite Sex
Positive friendships with women at a young age will lead your sons to understand and treat men and women as equals. They will learn that women are just as intelligent and capable as they are. Working alongside the opposite sex will also teach them to listen and take the inputs of women.
Creating a society where men respect women begins at home. It’s never too early to begin. Your actions, thoughts and words should reflect your respect and regard for women. Do your part towards making a better tomorrow. Changing men’s attitude starts with dad.