I’m going to go a bit mommy blogger on you. Ok, mommy runner/fitness blogger, how’s that?
Before becoming a parent, I was a big believer in nurture vs. nature. I still think nurture plays a huge role in who our children become. But I also have to give a bit more credence to nature, as well, since becoming a parent almost 12 years ago. And I also have seen differences in my children that are gender specific, perhaps something I wouldn’t have believed BC (before children) either. Quick side note–did you know there is no longer a BC/AD? Nope, it’s now BCE and CE. Something I learned from my son. But I digress.
What I’m getting at is that without question, boys are inherently more active than girls. My son and his friends always, without fail, get outside to play. Even if he is staring down a two-hour swim practice, he wants to get get outside with his friends. It might be a game of basketball, tag, or kicking the soccer ball around, but those boys somehow recognize they have energy to expend and go right ahead and expend it. Easy peasy for a parent who wants to see her kids moving.
My daughter, on the other hand, enjoys outdoor activities, but when with friends, tends to choose an indoor, quieter activity. They would rather do imaginative play than active play, even if it’s a warm, beautiful day. Which turns me into a bit of a nag when my daughter is with her friends because while I like to see her enjoy all types of play, after a full day of school I want to see her move. Before you assume that’s just her personality type, I can say that across the board in my neighborhood, the girls tend to be less active by nature than the boys.
My daughter does belong to some organized sports, which makes up some of the shortfall, but otherwise, it’s up to me to get her in motion. So I try to find things that we both enjoy–bike rides, short runs, hikes, and trips to the pool in the summer. Or it could be as simple as getting out for a walk. Whatever the case might be, I make sure she does get activity and is raised to love the outdoors.
Anyone else notice the same differences between their sons and daughters? What is your approach?