I am finding out that raising daughters is quite different than raising sons. Boys are just young, rugged outdoors men. If they ever get bored, just give 'em some dirt and water and they will be busy for hours.
Boys don't hold grudges. They can be mad as hornets at each other one minute and the next they're planning a camping trip.
Boys don't get their feelings hurt easily and if they do they get over it quickly. If I fussed at one of my sons and hurt his little feelings he would go upstairs and shortly after return asking "Hey mom! What's for dinner?", like nothing ever happened. I think God puts these very unique traits in males because He knew they would need them!
Now on the other hand, females are quite different. They are like elephants. They never forget. And whine. Goodness do little girls whine. And talk. Talk, talk, talk. My five year old daughter goes to bed jabbering and wakes up jabbering. Quite honestly I've never heard anything like it. My boys were just.... active. They jumped on furniture and ran around all day long. Just feed 'um and they're good. Girls are constantly speaking. Just the other day Sage was making two sticks talk to each other. "Hi, mine name is Emily, what's your name?" "I'm Jade". Sticks! Sometimes you have to wonder if they're (were) touched.
If they ever get their feelings hurt -- lord have mercy. It goes on and on..... Are they sensitive or what? My two year old hurts my five year olds feelings for looking at her the wrong way. But oh, how I am enjoying my little girls! We picked blueberries the other day and had such fun. (The boys would have ended up throwing berries at each other and me) We cook together, clean together, scrapbook together, sew together, snuggle together.... I am in heaven.
from June 27, 2006 ~~
So commit yourselves completely to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again.
God made male & female different to go together, to compliment one another. Where one is weak the other is strong. Where one is made to provide and protect the other is created to love and nurture. Where one is easy to have feelings hurt the other is not so emotional. I have enjoyed having both sons and daughters and seeing how different they actually are from childhood. I was also lucky to have my sons when I was younger so I could keep up with the activity. But now that I'm older it is nice having daughters around who are just happy to sit and be with mama. sigh. I am also much more patient than when I was younger. This has definitely been an asset with daughters... what is it like when girls begin to bloom??