02 Oct '11, 1am

The difference in raising a girl & a boy

When I was 33, I had a daughter. Since it had been clear in my mind that I wanted to build a strong family life and be her main caregiver, I adjusted my workload significantly. This meant I had a lot of time with my daughter. I rocked her to sleep, wiped, washed and fed her in what seemed like endless cycles. Her connection to me and need for me forged a deep bond between us. We loved sitting side by side, reading a book, cuddling a soft toy, singing and playing games. When she could walk, we tried on my shoes, draped my clothes over her and even tried some of my make-up on her. Even as she grew older, she still loved the hugs, the caresses, sitting side by side and enjoying a good story. At four, she told me that she wanted to be a mum like me, and my heart soared. She grew up before my eyes like a blossoming plant. Then, when she was nearly six, her baby brother arrived....

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Columns/ParenttoParent/EDC1110...

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