A mom recently came out saying her four year old son, who's almost five, is turning into a mansplainer. What's a mansplainer you ask? Just a word that Cancel Culture and SJW's (Short for social justice warriors) have loved using to depict men these days in media. In fact, the ye old dictionary meaning for "mansplaining" is as follows the explanation of something by a man, typically to a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing
According to the mother, she claims and I quote: "And he has always been very voluble and also willful. For the past few months, he has taken to interrupting us when we are talking and saying, 'Actually! Actually … '"
The mother claims he does this to everyone, even his own father. It especially happens when an older person tries to explain things to him, yet the son will interrupt trying to correct them, even though he's allegedly wrong.
According to one article that goes into detail about this, it says "After all, she says, he's only 4 — and he's often correcting his parents on topics that they actually have degrees in."
The mom also adds, "It also occurs nearly every time my spouse is telling him a story, because he thinks the story should go a different way,"
She claims that she's tried to work on it with him, and encourages him to ask questions instead of "mansplaining', but she hasn't had much success.
Here's the article link to know more:
https://cafemom.com/news/advice-raising … nsplaining
My biggest question is that if YOU could talk to his mother and her husband what advice would YOU give to them to try to get their 4 year old son to stop mansplaining? Or do you think she's overreacting, and needs to stop overthinking the situation? Please discuss.
Perhaps they could examine their own interactions, both with each other, their son and other people? It's likely he is merely copying them. Parents have to model how they'd like their child to behave. Also it's much easier than verbally rebuking him when he won't really understand. So when one parent is listening and responding to the other, they might say, "You make an interesting point; I see it in a slightly different way...." They could also monitor who is saying 'actually' That'll be the one he is imitating.
If he's not copying them (it might be a teacher or even another child), they should ignore the unwanted behaviour and encourage the acceptable and wanted.
I would say the four year old is being treated this way by someone.
Find out who it is and remove the child from his presence.
Could it be his own father?
or an uncle? or an older boy at school?
a male preschool teacher?
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