BOYS vs. GIRLS
A Parent's Point of View
"Aaaaakkkkkk!!! You got mud on my Barbie Dolls! You got cake batter on my G.I Joe!" Sugar and spice and everything nice...that's what little girls are made of. Rats and snails and puppy dog tails...that's what little boys are made of. Physically it is obvious to see the difference in boys and girls. It is even semi-obvious to notice the social and emotions differences. But when it comes to parenting boys and girls, it is pretty much the same. Oh don't get me wrong, there are some differences, but the love and adoration is still the same.
Society, in the past has stereotyped little girls into a frills and lace, prim and proper, almost doll like personification. Girls, at one point, were known for being the emotional, compassionate, care givers. Society, at one time, viewed little boys as "Tonka" truckin', dirt and mud lovin', ornery little monsters. Boys were typically seen as: adventurous, rough-housing, don't care about anything type of attitudes. Today we still see some of those characteristics. However, some of those listed have actually crossed over into the other. With having two girls and one boy in the house, I can tell you the cross over of characteristics is very evident.
My oldest daughter, you would probably classify her as a "tomboy"; does not care for all of the frills and lace. As a matter of fact, she hates having to "dress-up", unless it can be dress slacks or better yet, dress jeans. She has always been more adventurous than most little girls. She has been the one to climb trees, play in mud, and care for horses. However, as she is in the middle school now, she has taken an interest in cooking and in instrumental music. What is very nice is that for now, "BOYS" are still out of the picture. She is my little miss independent. She cooks, she cleans, and she even knows how to create PowerPoint presentations on the computer. She has always been my little advanced student. She is ten years old and in the sixth grade. She generally takes thing at face value. Her ambition is to be a teacher of animal sciences when she gets older. She is the easiest to parent.
Daughter number two...now she is a different story. She like the dresses and the dolls. She is daddy's little girl. She like to help in the kitchen. She is a true girly girl, according to the old stereotype. She does not like mud or even getting wet from the rain. She is afraid that...