The only reason I wish I had a son, is so that I could write with some authority on what parenting a boy is like. I don’t mean I didn’t want boys, it’s just that I have girls. I’m not a SMOG (smug mother of girls) but I love my children and wouldn’t change them!
I just get so frustrated when some mothers of boys write about how different boys are to girls; and how boyish they are; and how it is so different to have sons when they have no authority on being a parent of girls. The only people whose opinion on raising boys and girls I’d really listen to are parents with four or five of each gender, and even then parenting style will have something to do with how the children turn out.
The reason for my mini-rant today is a post I’ve just read which included the following as examples of why parenting boys is different:
- being woken up several times through the night
- having a (dry) night nappy placed on your pillow by child
- child removing pants and trousers and leaving them in random places
- treading on bits of lego left on the floor
All of these are things I experience regularly too! It’s not a boy thing to do disgusting stuff like stick a wet nappy on your parents head; or want to be semi-naked at all times; or refuse to get up / go to bed / sleep through the night; or leave lego and other small pieces of toys scattered over the floor. It’s a small child thing.
I’m not linking through as I generally like the blog and am not having a go at this one person particularly, they just happened to have written a
mother-of-boys* boys-will-be-boys post on a day I’m in a ranty mood…
*edited because my rant is against gender stereotyping, not parents. Apologies!