Momaha Blog: I don’t want my daughter to be ‘sugar, spice and everything nice’

By Ashley Strehle Hartman
Published by the Omaha World-Herald’s on Jan. 7, 2021

From the very beginning, we seem to set the bar a bit higher for girls. The old adages make our standards clear: “boys will be boys,” while girls should be “sugar and spice and everything nice.”

While boys are free to make messes, wrestle on the living room floor, and generally be rough and rowdy, girls are expected to be neat, quiet, and pleasant. It’s not a very fair deal. In this bargain, boys get to be human and themselves. Girls, on the other hand, get to be whatever is the most pleasing to everyone else – to heck with what they want.

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