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Are you raising a tomboy? Do you even know what a tomboy is?

A tomboy is defined as a girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy.

But which characteristics are those? Because I think there is a lot more to labeling and raising a tomboy these days, than say five or ten years ago.

Years ago it was pretty black and white when it came to why a girl was called a tomboy.

For instance, a tomboy would be the girl rolling down the hills, flipping backwards off a dock and playing tag at recess right along with all the boys.

In addition to that she’d be playing T-Ball and basketball and soccer.

She never wore a dress. And if she found out a boy had a crush on her, she’d sock him in the nose.

Raising A Tomboy In The Past

Being a tomboy in the past it wasn’t as acceptable as it is today.

Because it was a girl who looked different from the other girls. She also acted differently and hung out with the boys.

Of course that was intimidating to both boys and the other girls..

And people always seem to be afraid of what they don’t understand.

I have a son and two daughters. And I’ve always said my son couldn’t be anymore boy if he tried.

So I understand the rough and tumble behavior that is said to be typical of a boy.

If I added up all the times I had to take my now 21 year old son to the emergency room, I’m thinking it would be close to twenty times at least!

On the other hand are my two daughters

Both of my daughters are completely opposite of each other.

My older daughter loves dressing up, wearing make up, cheerleading and talking about cute boys.

My younger daughter doesn’t even own a dress! But she does have a lacrosse stick, a field hockey stick and twenty different basketballs.

Should I be trying to steer her more towards make up and high heels? Will she be well rounded enough if she never wears make up and heels at all?

My daughter may not own any skirts or high heels, but she does own twenty different pairs of sneakers.

She could care less if a boy has a crush on her because she is simply not interested in dating yet. She’d rather play basketball with the boys instead of date them. I’m pretty sure I’m raising a tomboy.

And as her dad I have to say I don’t mind that at all!

Teaching Girls To Be Strong

These days more and more girls are being taught to be strong and assertive.

There is no specific way to behave or carry oneself to be considered an acceptable young lady anymore.

Girls are taking on roles that used to be completely dominated by males.

For instance, football. We live in a small town in Maine and we’ve seen a handful of girls join the football team.

And I have to say, these girls were a lot better than some of those boys!

Are Tomboys Better Leaders?

Girls need to be taught the importance of being true to themselves above all else.

Girls need to be raised to be leaders and not followers. But can a tomboy be a leader?

They need to learn to stand up for themselves and be assertive. But can a tomboy be a boss?

The answer to both those questions are YES!

A tomboy can absolutely be a boss, a leader or even the President of The United States.

A girl can grow up to be a stay at home mom or a corporate CEO or a race car driver.

And girls should be encouraged to go after that if that’s what they want to be. Regardless of whether it’s considered to be a man’s job or not.

What Is A Modern Day Tomboy?

A tomboy is simply a girl that loves to be active and have fun. They want to be able to throw on some jeans, a t-shirt and a baseball hat and go watch a baseball game.

But sometimes they may want to wear that same baseball hat but go get their nails done and buy some new clothes.

Almost every tomboy I’ve ever known was confident in themselves to be able to do a variety a of things.

I think being able to wear different hats is what a tomboy is all about. They do a little bit of everything and feel confident doing it.

How Does A Modern Tomboy behave?

A tomboy today is strong, confident, outgoing and fearless. She doesn’t shy away from challenges. She dominates at sports and is into fitness and being physically fit.

Her confidence, talent and drive is what makes her beautiful. Just because a girl doesn’t dress in pink everyday doesn’t mean she isn’t worthy of being a girl.

Long ago, moms and dads would try to convince their daughters to act more like a lady.

But today, moms and dads are raising their daughters to be strong women. Not necessarily feminine or masculine.

Don’t Put A Label On A Child

It’s important for parents to look at their daughter and not label her a tomboy just because she likes sports.

Or label her a princess because she wears a lot of pink dresses.

When you put a label on someone it subconsciously puts limits on them.

It makes them feel that they are expected to perform a certain way because of that label.

So How Do You Respond To A Label?

You simply offer up your support.

The most important thing to teach our girls is that they are strong enough to do anything and be anything. They need to show others that they shouldn’t be judged by their appearance.

I’m very proud of my daughter for being true to herself. She’s confident enough to just be herself no matter what she is wearing or what she is doing.

Such as diving onto the basketball court floor to chase after a runaway ball. Or when you watch her play lacrosse and it makes you think to yourself, “this girl needs a helmet!”

Most importantly, being a tomboy isn’t a negative thing at all.

Your daughter should feel proud of herself for being as strong and unique as she is. And for going after what she wants and performing to her fullest potential.

Above all, be sure to let your daughter know how amazing she is no matter what she’s doing.

And that no matter what she does in the future she can always count on your love and support.


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Hello friends! First off I want to say that for me, home and family is where it all begins. And here is where you’ll find everything relating to just that! My name is Jeff Nason and my wife, Tami, and I have been married for 13 years, have 3 children and one crazy Boston Terrier! Our oldest is about to be 22 and our youngest just turned 12. Because of this we have a lot of parenting experience under our belts! Somedays it seems like we feel we’ve been parents for a hundred years. But even more than that, there are days I get choked up when I think about how fast they have grown up around me (insert a little dad tear here). Our life centers around our family, therefore we will definitely be giving some of our best tips and suggestions such as some of our favorite kid products, mom products, parenting advice and good old “mom hacks!” In addition to my family, I have a few major obsessions. My love for the New England Patriots, MLB and my love of everything fitness. My “mini man blog” titled “WHEN WATCHING THE PATRIOTS” is where I get to relay to you my very real obsession. Meanwhile, I will also be passing on some health and diet tips along with my favorite workout ever: How I Lost 34 Pounds In 90 Days just By Listening To My Wife. Most importantly though, is my love for my home and family. I know it has certainly shaped me into the man I am today. I should tell you all that we are new to the blogging world, in case you couldn’t already tell! Since we are just starting out with this blog I should warn you that we started out clueless and at this point we are still, well….. clueless! On the other hand, we feel good about what we’ve conquered so far! But while we are almost there, we still have a lot to learn! So please be patient and bear with us as we figure out how to navigate this blog that is inspired by “OUR ABSOLUTELY CRAZY AND LOVE FILLED LIFE!” NEW TO OUR BLOG~ Home Decor!!! Since our homes surround us all every day, it makes sense to add to our blog my wife’s obsession with interior design. She is very excited about it and has some posts all ready to go! Let us know what you think! Finally, we encourage you to email and comment on anything you like or don’t like. We are always open for constructive criticism. And who doesn’t love a good idea or two? So we’d love for you to share your suggestions with us the same way we are trying to share our “SUGGESTIONS” with you! ~Please remember that KINDNESS MATTERS~

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