So I kind of wanted to cry yesterday… I wrote this blog post about the ways in which my son, Wesley, is a little like his mom…
… When Wesley and his brother, Devin, read it [they signed themselves up for my email subscription list and always read my blog — I think they like reading about themselves and their siblings 😉 ] they looked at me, and 13 year-old Devin said, “Mom… You’re smart and tough and take good care of your kids. I want to be like you when I grow up!” (Then 8 year-old Wesley chimed in that it might be awesome if he could stay home with his kids one day.)
The reason it nearly brought me to tears, is not because I needed some compliments, but because we live in a world where telling a boy he does something “like a girl” is considered extremely insulting. Yet, somehow, these boys not only recognize that a female can do things really well, but look to their mother as one of their role models, and proudly admit that they would be happy to grow up to be like their mom. I’m speechless. And happy.
PS. I don’t think either of them will become a stay-at-home parent… they’re not fans of excessive amounts of cleaning 😉 I do believe they will be wonderful at whatever they choose to pursue!
PPS. Dear fellow parents… let’s raise our kids to recognize the inherent value in all of them — both male and female!