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  • embra
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    Does anyone else out there have a young daughter who is neither a tomboy nor a princess? My daughter mostly hangs out with the boys, who both fight over themselves to be near her, and assure her that she is not as strong/fast/brave as they are. I know she’d really love to have a best girl friend, but she doesn’t really share interests with the girls (mainly art and princesses) and although I think they like her fine, they don’t seek her out or stay engaged with her when she tries to join them. She thinks they don’t like her and it makes her sad. She is pretty girly in some ways – loves pink and stuffed animals and cooking and dress up, but mainly she loves science and dinosaurs and building things with legos and blocks. I was thinking maybe I could start her in an extracurricular activity where there would be likely to be girls more like her, but I’m coming up blank. I could send her toward a sport, but although she can climb like a monkey, she’s not particularly athletic and I was hoping for something she might enjoy right off the bat. Any thoughts?

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  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    Can you remind me how old she is?
    Are there any Lego clubs near you? I’m not sure what age they usually start at but I know we have them in my area.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Our public library and science center both have lego clubs, so I second that suggestion. The only problem is they tend to be mostly boys, at least from what I’ve observed, so that may not help with trying to meet more girls. The grocery stores around here also have teaching kitchens where they offer classes for kids (and others). Since she likes cooking, she might enjoy something like that. Maybe she’d also be into Brownies/Girl Scouts? They tend to not be overly girly or athletic, but obviously it’s a good opportunity for bonding with other girls. You mentioned she likes to dress up. Would she be into something like a kids’ acting/drama class?

    Momkey
    Momkey
    Participant

    Dance and tumbling classes and I second the brownies and girl scouts idea! I’m trying to start up a troop myself! My daughter isn’t too girly when she is by herself or with other girls who are not too girly, but if she is around girls that are, then she takes on the same girly personality! (She adjusts to the people she is playing with!)


    embra
    Participant

    Thanks for the ideas! She’ll be starting kindergarten this year. Brownies is a great idea and I’m surprised I didn’t think of it since I was the same way she is and met my best friend from elementary school in the Brownies. Tumbling might be a good choice. I think she’d like that. The cooking classes are a good idea too, but I think she’d probably be too young yet. I’m sure she’d love a Lego club, but I agree that it would likely be mainly boys. She’d probably love acting, but she is so high drama already, I’m not sure I want to encourage that aspect of her personality ;-)

    Momkey
    Momkey
    Participant

    Then she would be a Daisy in Girl Scouts! But it is a good start!

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