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 the traits 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 girls than 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: