I’ve been anxiously anticipating James Dobson’s book about Bringing Up Girls that is coming out this spring. Between now and then I’ll be doing some thinking and sharing every now and then what it’s like to bring up girls “these days.” My blogging buddy Shelly Wildman is a brilliant writer who has girls a few steps ahead of mine wrote an article about this the other day. Go read her post, then come back and check out the 5 best and the 5 hardest things about bringing up girls I have found to be true so far.
The Hard Stuff:
- The drama. Oh, the drama. Every day, every where I look, some dramatic event is playing out before my eyes.
- The competition. Looks, skills, personality, it is in every area of their little lives.
- Books. Books are awesome. So many good ones, way too many bad ones. It gets so hard to sort through them all and decide which is which.
- TV commercials. We guard our girls from watching smutty TV shows that degrade women. Commercials do that in between shows we let them watch.
- Clothes, and the money they would LIKE to spend on them.
The Great Stuff:
- Clothes. I love seeing them develop their own fashion sense.
- Their feelings and emotions. Good and bad, their emotions on their sleeve or hidden, I love the processes of their emotions.
- Creativity. I love to watch them interact with one another and come up with creative dances, plays, and stories.
- Chatter. Their chitty-chatty-ness is always going on somewhere in our house.
- Friendships. With their sisters or their friends, their friendships are deep and full of life and love.
Those are my observations for now. How about you? If you have girls (or know one) what is the hardest part of raising them? What’s the best?