How many of you have ever called your daughter the "B-word"? No, not that B-word, the other one: Bossy. It seems kind of cute, right? We all have our own little "bossy boots" running around the house.
The problem is, especially as girls grow up, being "bossy" is looked at as a bad thing. Yet, we should be celebrating thetraits that make our daughters (and ourselves) "bossy" .... confidence, imagination, assertiveness, ambition, independence, you get the gist.
Calling girls bossy is one of many things we do to discourage them from leading. Studies show that by middle school, fewer girlsthan boys believe they can be leaders. (No coincidence that girls are called "bossy," while boys are called "leaders.") Don't just take it from us -- listen to what girls themselves are saying.
We talked to the girls in our lives about what they think of the word "bossy" and what they'd rather be called. Here's what they had to say:
Being a single mother almost always means a life spent racing the clock. Our days often begin well before dawn and extend long past sundown. In between, our schedules are filled with the rigors and challenges of balancing career, child rearing, and homemaking.
An evening spent with a great guy is something I know I always look forward to. But what guys think is a dating hot spot may be, for a single mom, a surefire dating not-not.
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On the fourth date, I began to panic a little. I still wasn't feeling that elusive oh-so-important "spark" with the gentleman in question, despite him being hands-down the most mature, caring, and respectful man I had met since I began dating again a couple of years ago. My dating experiences were littered with flakes, dullards, weirdos, or guys who just wanted sex, so it was a HUGE relief to meet a guy who, while not exactly my type, was courting me diligently and treating me like he truly wanted to be with me. I didn't worry about a lack of "chemistry" on the first date, or even the second. I thought surely it would kick in.
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Few people know that my husband and I were in couples therapy awhile back. It's not exactly the kind of tidbit you bring out at cocktail parties. But there is one thing that will force it out of me: if someone mentions making an appointment with my therapist.
Suddenly I will go from calm, cool, and collected to waving my arms like a crazy person and yelling, "Abort! Abort mission!" You see, my marriage may be intact after couples therapy, but it's no thanks to my therapist.