Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It Wasn't Nurture, I Swear

There are so many ways that our boy child is 100% boy and our girl child is 100% girl.

He plays dinosaurs and star wars while she plays baby dolls and kitchen.

We swear we didn't do anything to make it so... and still, they are so gendered that their little boy and girl-ness literally seeps out of their pores.

K came into our bedroom after tucking them in bed.

"I can't believe it," he said. "They even smell completely different."

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Well, she smells like fresh baked cookies, but he... he smells liked a damned horse!"

16 comments:

Queen Karana said...

Too funny!

I wonder how much our soon-to-be little boy will be affected by the two girls we already have and if our parenting will affect him differently because a) he IS a boy and we know that and/or b) we've 9 years of experience of parenting girls, and we might not know how to do things differently.

Only time will tell!

The Sour Kraut said...

Tell me about it! I live with three of them (males, not horses).

Kyla said...

Josh and I were just talking about this! We've always been incredibly lax about gender roles, and yet we have two kids with very rigid gender constructs of their own making. So odd!

Amanda said...

Hay now!

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Yup. I've got three horsies. Can't WAIT until they're stanky teenagers.

mo.stoneskin said...

That's brilliant. And you know, dinosaurs and baby dolls can play together too, you just have to make sure the dinosaurs are, um, extremely well fed before hand.

Theresa said...

As a mother of twins, a girl and boy, I can honestly say, "Amen to that Sister!!!!"

the new girl said...

Ba ha haaa! I love that it's filed under 'stinks.'

mythoughtsonthat said...

I like that your husband noticed such a thing.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

- everything nice.'
- puppy dog tails.' ?
Apparently there is something to all that.

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

And that is one of the few reasons why I like having girls vs. boys. Most of the time they smell better. And I stress "most" of the time.

Vodka Mom said...

Boys just plain stink.

I love them, but they stink. P. U.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

OH, I am dreading when my boy gets the stink! I know it's coming but, at 4, he's still ok. But, his feet---oh, his feet are awful. But, so are my girls' feet (and mine come to think of it).

Issas Crazy World said...

Oh the thought of my boy becoming stinky makes me sad. He smells so nice now...but he is just a baby.

My daughter is the girliest girl in the world. She didn't get it from me, so I know it's something she was just born with.

liliannattel said...

I've heard that a lot from parents. Kids are who they are. What we teach them are our values, not their tastes. We teach them how to approach the world, and how to frame it. We teach them how to treat other people.

Jill said...

My boys like to play with the kitchen, but they both stink to high heaven too. My 4 year old's arse smells like he's been homeless for two years if we miss a bath. Foul with a capital Ow!