Myth 1: Girls are more quiet than boys.
Just come to my house when both girls are screaming at the same time and tell me if you think the ear-piercing pitch is quiet. We also love pounding on paint cans or pots as hard as possible!
Myth 2: Girls do things like play hair salon.
Please ask me why I keep my hair short...because there's a reason! While I will get the occasionally benefit of gentle twiddling, it is overshadowed by the fact that my hair has been a security blanket to both my daughters since their infancy. There's something about sticky kid fingers that pulls just one or two sensitive hairs at a time. So for that reason, I keep my hair short.
Recently, my oldest asked to play with my hair, and I of course complied. The idea of having my hair gently stroked and brushed sounded wonderful. But what I received instead was more akin to cruel punishment. She bounced her hands through my hair as if it were her trampoline. I can't describe it any other way.
Myth 3: Girls are easier to parent than boys.
I do not have boys. And some parents only have boys. How is it that either one of us, by observing the other for 10 minutes, can really get a feel of whether or not one is easier than the other? Don't compare, people! It's pointless. There are no absolutes for genders. All girls are easy to potty-train....nope. All boys turn sticks into guns....hmm...maybe! Regardless, every child is different.
That being said, I would like to point out a couple of challenges I have parenting my own girls.
1. Getting accidentally bumped or jostled is a personal offense to my daughter and she will hold a grudge for hours. At least one sincere and fervent apology by the perpetrator is required.
2. The "hey look, a squirrel!" tactic to redirect children from a disappointment or blocked goal is ineffective for my children. They do not forget! Especially my oldest.
3. The classic over-reaction is the norm for us. The toothpaste was put on too thick. The milk wasn't poor in the little depression in the cereal that was designated for the milk. The blankets were placed in the wrong order on the bed. All of these things cause angry tears for my oldest and cause me to be a bit emotionally drained by the end of the day!
So before you make absolute statements about any type of parent, make sure you consider every angle! Parenting is a challenge. It just is. There's no way around that. But if we're wise, we'll listen to each other and support one another instead of over-simplifying others' scenarios. What generalizations do you hear that don't apply to you?