Can we have a word? Tips to drop gender stereotypes from your kid’s nicknames

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It's really easy to default to gendered language with our kids. Gendered language is all around us, so it's tough to even notice when we do this let alone drop it from our vocab!

Gender is often a part of nicknames in a way that's… well... totally unnecessary?! If you're talking to your child, they know you mean them – they don't need you to label their gender also!

It may seem like a small thing (do I really need to care about this?). But it's these small things that can have a big impact. And on a day-to-day basis it IS a small thing to do – so may as well give it a try.

Let's try for a little less of:

  • Little man and little lady
  • Tough/big guy
  • Pretty lady
  • Princess
  • Handsome prince

And add in more of:

  • Bub
  • My love
  • Kiddo
  • Munchkin
  • Little vegemite

These are just some of our ideas.

It's about being a little more conscious of what rolls off the tongue. Because the more we mix it up, the more our kids see variation – and variation reduces limitations and so creates opportunities .