I’ve always been fascinated by the nature vs nurture debate.
How much of our personality is dictated by our nature, and how much is formed by the environment we grow up in?
I think that nature plays the biggest part.
And I’m loving having a son and a daughter and seeing the differences in them. We are raising them the same way, in the same environment. We always tell them that there are no gender-specific toys. That boys and girls can both play with whatever toys they want to.
Nerys though does seem to naturally lean towards stereotypical ‘girl’ things.
When she’s choosing a magazine in the shops she’ll often pick out the pinkest, sparkliest one there.
She’ll often tell you that her favourite colour is pink.
And she likes to have her hair ‘done’.
The other day I put her hair in plaited bunches for the first time. Then I left her alone with her hair clips for a few minutes while I popped into the kitchen.
I came back to this.
Honestly, I was really quite impressed that she managed to get them all in there; hair clips can be really tricky!
She was concentrating so hard, carefully adding them one by one.
And she was so pleased to show me the results when I came back in from the kitchen.
I can’t wait to see what hairstyles we can come up with between us as she gets older.
And I’m looking forward to seeing if she grows up still liking pink and pretty things, or if that changes as she gets older.
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”