A post I wrote in January – 10 Reasons Girls and Boys Should Play Together – was recently shared by Pigtail Pals Ballcap Buddies and revisited by many (which was a thrill). In the post I make the statement that boys and girls don’t spend a whole lot of time together, and I go on to list some reasons why they should. I revisited this post myself, realizing it begs the question – why are girls and boys not spending time together in the first place? Continue reading
Welcome to day 1 on my mission to post a daily solution for bringing boys and girls together. I probably should have written all of these posts before declaring to do so, but where is the fun in that? So the pressure is on, and without further ado….Solution 1: Increase Contact! Continue reading
I’m kind of obsessed with this new website my kids’ school just implemented. It’s not the easiest thing to access (there’s logging-in, passwords etc…), but it’s totally worth it because I get to be a fly on the wall, regularly viewing pictures and videos.
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?