I just have a question. This is something that has been bothering me for a while. Last night I was at a hockey game and I ran into a guy that I used to work with a few years ago and we started chatting and we were getting caught up. We went through the usual "Wow 3 boys? You must be busy" Of course he has a girl and a boy. He told me how the girl started Kindergarten this year. "She has such an attitide" he said. "She is such a little Diva".
Now the reason why I am bringing this particular conversation up is because I hear this so often with people who have daughters. Actually, I hear it like 90% of the time I speak with parents who have little girls.
So here is my question. What do parents really mean when they say that their daughters have "attitudes" or that they are "Divas"? I have just heard this so many times. Surely not all little girls are Divas and if they are, it can't be their fault. It can't be innate right? So here is what I was thinking about for the entire 2nd period when I should have been watching the game.
1. Is it just a way to brag about the little girl? For example - My daughter is spunky and gets what she wants. She's not a pushover.
2. Is it sexism? Maybe people expect girls to be well behaved and quite so when they act normal with normal behaviour issues the parents say she has an attitude?
3. Is it princess syndrome? If you treat your dd like a princess and she will act like a princess...
4. Are they trying to make me feel better because I have all boys?
All I know is that it bugs me for reasons that I can explain but I know it surely stems from GD.
Please note that I am not bashing girls in any way. I love girls. Just trying to understand.