Like a Girl

Flora can tread water for two minutes.

Kate can eat five tacos.

Flora is the fastest runner on her soccer team.

Kate helps her little brother with his chores.

Flora knows more about birds than most adults.

Kate is a wonderful baker.

Flora can jump rope for five minutes.

Kate rides her bike so fast, she leaves the ground when she hits a dip in the driveway. She has more bruises than any 7-year-old I know.

I know it’s a commercial — and for things that only girls will need — but they’ve got a point.

Let’s stop saying “like a girl” like it’s a bad thing. I never heard “like a girl” growing up. I heard about how smart I was, how strong I was, how I could do or be anything I wanted.

My girls are fast, strong, smart, immensely talented, not to mention beautiful. They can conquer the world. Dan and I will do our very best to set them and keep them on a path to success, one that nurtures their strengths and grows their talents.

The world is just going to have to stay out of their way.

What can the girls in your world do?

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5 thoughts on “Like a Girl

  1. Any time “like a girl” comes up I think of The Bad News Bears. In comparing Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, I kind of wish all my kids were girls.

  2. I love the taco fact. It can go along with my girl who can eat an entire bowl of guacamole by herself. She also can, apparently, trip while running at the playground such that when she falls she hits her eye forehead on the edge of the monkey bars to get yet another goose egg/black eye. Oy. But I do love my girl. (And the boy too, even though that’s not what the post is about)

    • Oh, I too, love The Boy. I’m sure as time goes on, I am going to have to be as vigilant about messages he is getting from the wider world about being a man. But for now, I’m going to worry a little less about him. ;)

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