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PARENTING CIRCLE JOURNAL

Raising responsible boys and resilient girls?

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PARENTING CIRCLE JOURNAL

Raising responsible boys and resilient girls?

“We love our boys and we raise our girls,” This statement made by former first lady Michelle Obama highlights the differences in how we parent our daughters vs our sons. Young girls are often given more responsibilities than their brothers. As seen in our previous cleaning scenario, parents often turn to daughters to carry more of the household chores. Universally, girls are parented in a “survival preparation mode” while boys are often favored. This means that while young boys are allowed to develop their identities in a nurturing environment young girls are often shaped by external pressures. Last week you asked yourself, why was your first impulse to call your daughter? This is because society and culture have taught us this is how gender roles should play out in the household. Gender roles are ingrained in the psyche of every child, especially that of a girl. However, despite the many pressures faced by girls throughout the globe, many have flourished. Women have shown the world the power of resiliency. What is resiliency you ask? Join me next time as I take a deeper dive into what it means to be resilient! 


Until then, Happy Women's History Month!

Basima Mohamed

March 2021

 
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PARENTING CIRCLE JOURNAL

Raising responsible boys and resilient girls?

It’s 9 o’clock, bedtime and as you look around the children’s room ready to shout that the dreaded hour has arrived you notice that the room is a mess. Toys riddle the floor, ready to take out the poor, unsuspecting adult that is unlucky enough to walk into the room. You are just about to call your daughter to come and clean the mess when you pause. Why was your first impulse to call your daughter? Why not call your son who is also perfectly capable of cleaning the mess? Is this scene familiar to you? If so, you are not alone. Many cultures around the world parent their children differently depending on the child’s gender. It is no secret that young girls are often given more responsibilities than their brothers. But exactly how common is this practice? What are some impacts this practice has on girls? To unravel the answers to these pressing questions join me next time!


Basima Mohamed

February 2021

 

PARENTING CIRCLE JOURNAL


Raising responsible boys and resilient girls?

Parenting is an epic adventure taken without a guide, map, or even a compass. As much as it is filled with joy and smiles parenting, is also filled with tears, headaches, and doubts. As parents, we continually wonder if we are parenting the “right” way. We wonder if our daily actions will mold productive members of society. We earnestly ask ourselves questions like, “was that the right way to handle that situation?” or “shouldn’t my child be able to do this by now?” As if raising and molding a human wasn’t hard enough, things get even more confusing when gender is thrown into the mix. Is raising a son the same as raising a daughter? Does gender play an essential role in your parenting? Are you raising your son to be responsible and your daughter to be resilient? If you do not have an answer to these questions, it is ok! I can assure you that you are not alone. Many other parents are in the same boat. What I can tell you is that together we can unpack this and much more. Join me next time to unpack the topic of raising responsible boys and resilient girls!


Basima Mohamed

January 2021

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