031: Parenting beyond pink and blue

Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue

Today I join forces with Malaika Dower of the How to Get Away with Parenting podcast to interview Dr. Christia Brown, who is a Professor of Developmental and Social Psychology at the University of Kentucky, where she studies the development of gender identity and children’s experience of gender discrimination.

Dr. Brown’s book, Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue (Affiliate link), helps parents to really understand the scientific research around gender differences in children, which is a harder task than with some other topics because there’s just a lot of bad research out there on this one.  I ask about theories of gender development while Malaika keeps us grounded with questions about how this stuff works in the real world, and we both resolve to shift our behavior toward our daughters just a little bit.

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Interview with Yarrow Dunham on how social groups form

Interview with Kang Lee on children’s lying (yep – your kid does it too!)



Brown, C.S. (2014). Parenting beyond pink and blue. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. (Affiliate link)

Taylor, M.G., Rhodes, M., & Gelman, S.A. (2009). Boys will be boys and cows will be cows: Children’s essentialist reasoning about gender categories and animal species. Child Development 80(2), 461-481. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01272.x


  1. Annika on May 17, 2017 at 5:11 AM

    I have been listening to your podcasts for a number of months now and very much enjoy them. My parenting leans towards RIE and AP but I am not perfect at all.
    This episode might be among my favorites also because it is such an important topic.
    I had one problem with it though and it might not have occurred either of you but the focus was very much on girls – how to point out all the women in male dominated jobs etc. that’s important of course. But I missed strategies for boys. I have a son (as well as a stepson and -daughter) so it’s important to me to fight all the boy related stereotypes. I was at a children’s event recently where face painting was offered. The girls got to choose among a variety of pictures (flowers, butterflies, cats etc) while for the boys it was pirates or action figures. Anyway, just wanted to let you know my thoughts and have been meaning to do that for quite a while already. Thank you for your work!

    • Jen Lumanlan on December 9, 2017 at 6:25 AM

      You’re welcome, Annika – hope the episode on raising emotionally healthy boys helped you! (www.yourparentingmojo.com/healthyboys)

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