Raising a daughter who is highly competitive, and likes dolls AND cars. How do you nurture a gender non-normative child?
Yesterday, Scout spent 30 minutes playing legos with her Papa. She was building a ship whereas Papa opted to build a car. At one point, Scout looked over at Papa’s car and said , “Mine is prettier than yours!”
Her candor got us giggling a bit but then it hit me: how did my daughter become so competitive?
Scout is a funny, fearless, resilient, and independent 3.5-year-old girl who loves competing.
“Race you to the door,”
“I win!” *sticks out tongue*
“My car is prettier than yours!”
The present-moment part of my motherly mind loves her fun and competitive nature. The pensive part of that mind, however, looks into the future and thinks about what is best for my daughter. Is there anything wrong with a little competition? Does this go anywhere? I read an article recently titled, “4 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Raising a Daughter,” and I felt like it spoke directly to me: