Mum, I’ll bring back a kiss for you,
Once I’ve brushed my teeth till they’re sharp and new.

Then off to the toilet, goodnight to Ted
And a bedtime story from Dad.

A glass of water, one last play with my toys
What’s that on tele? – it’s my favourite ad.

I’m feeling hungry, can I have a snack?
Oops better brush my teeth once more.

Look I fell over today and hurt my knee,
Can I have a band-aid for the sore?

Is that the lot? Is there something I missed?
Is there something I haven’t done?

Hey wait a minute I can’t go to bed yet,
I need a cuddle with my Mum!


© Michelle Brock

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem