As a feminist raising a child, a lot of thought tends to go into every aspect of my childrearing philosophy. I think about things in ways that many other parents may not, and am incredibly concerned about the hidden messages I may be sending my child with my own behavior. One of the places that the messages I send my child matters most is in my home. I’m aware that I may have internalized ideas about the way a home is run that may be anti-feminist, and so my partner and I have worked hard to create a feminist home for our family.
A child’s home is where they get their first ideas about the world. For the first part of their lives, their home is their world. Your family unit is a microcosm of the larger society we live in, and the things your child observes about the dynamics at play under your roof play a big role in shaping their ideas about the world. If you want to raise a feminist child, the first step is creating a feminist home environment for them to learn and grow in. Feminism is not just about the way you treat your children, but also the way you treat your partner(s), and the way you approach running a household.