There was a struggle at bedtime at my house the other night, but it didn’t involve the usual “one more story,” stalling or “can I have a glass of water?” Nope. The struggle went a little like this:
“Mommy, Lucy’s boyfriend Noah is going to Kindergarten with me. He doesn’t even know me, but I know who he is because she showed me a picture of him.”
“You know, there are no boyfriends in Kindergarten, right? Everyone gets to be buddies.” Continue reading
My five-year old was recently invited to her first girls only birthday party. It was a fairy themed party on a beautiful, warm Sunday, and everyone had a really nice time. The kids all got wings when they arrived and ran around outside in-between cake and craft projects. It was a sweet and wholesome party - but, half the class was excluded.
Best practices emphasize the importance of diversity in children’s play experiences and friendships.
But in reality, Continue reading
Preschoolers typically interact with same gender peers 3 times more than with opposite gender peers. Gender segregation begins around age 3 and increases dramatically during preschool. By the time children reach age 6 ½, they are interacting with their same gender peers 11 times more than with opposite gender peers.
Same gender play and friendships continue to increase and peak during elementary school.
So, when children spend significantly disproportionate amounts of time with their same gender peers, how can we get boys and girls to learn successful strategies from each other?