I’m glad I had a girl rather than a boy, as I think I’m better at parenting a girl. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’d love a son just as much, and boys are great – a lot of my friends are boys, possibly because of my very juvenile sense of humour – but I’m not really that interested in dinosaurs or cars or building model train sets (shout-out to regular commenter Guillaume here – hi Guillaume!).
And I’m pretty sure Guillaume wouldn’t be that interested in hair accessories and jewellery and makeup (correct me if I’m wrong), whereas the nine-year-old and I are always painting each other’s nails and plaiting each other’s hair.
Talking about this kind of thing is an absolute minefield as people say ‘That’s gender stereotyping! Girls can like trucks and boys can like dresses!’ And of course that’s absolutely true – and if I had a boy who liked dresses I’d be happy for him to wear them, and the same is true of Lily if she liked trucks.
But thankfully for me, she doesn’t, as I couldn’t be less interested in them – and I think it’s fair to say that’s the same of most girls I know. Updos and hair accessories, on the other hand, make for a fun girly afternoon in our house.
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