There’s one especially strange and disturbing character that pops up in religion and folklore around the world and throughout history: the curious and disobedient woman.

It’s one example of a cultural trope you’ll need to push against if you want to raise curious kids, especially girls.

Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.