About a year ago I started babysitting two little boys, and then occasionally I would babysit their two older sisters if school got out early or something like that. Although I am female, very little of my life is spent with other women, and like never with little girls. So it has been a HUGE learning experience for me.
It also has been a huge learning experience for my boys. However, they learn differently than me.
What I learn:
-girls are actually very dramatic, people weren't kidding about that
-girls are REALLY bossy and overboard motherly
-they are really picky about smells
-don't leave babies near them unless you want them to be carried by people that aren't big enough. It doesn't matter the age, girls love babies.
-girls will give you an update of everyone in the whole house every few minutes, so it means you have to check less on the kids
-they care when babies cry, they will bring you the baby to get it to stop crying. Boys are doers, they plug the pacifier back in and then ignore it.
What my boys learn:
-girls don't like smelly things, so make sure you make the house stink
-don't try to be bossy with girls, it won't work
-they are almost positive about this one: girls love to be bugged
Ways to bug girls: poke them, take their toys, make annoying sounds, stare at them, try to read their diaries, and eat weird food
Yes, babysitting has been very interesting as of late. I love all the kids I watch and I just adore these little girls. They make me laugh like crazy. They are just really different in some ways than what I am used to.
One of the ways my boys torture the girls is by eating their food in gross ways. And since they can only eat what I give them, they blend them to make...interesting concoctions. It all started one day when Matthew ate a peanut butter cracker with a raisin on top. One of the girls said, "Ew, that's gross." Totally benign in my opinion, but hey, she was probably just trying to bug Matthew.
So then Matthew says, "Girls say ew, but boys say cool."
And so it began. Now they do the grossest things. Like eating bananas dipped in ketchup. Yup, they did that. I can't think of the other combos right now, but they have been pretty interesting. So I had to take a picture of Andrew dunking his banana in ketchup...and loving it. Boys really are weird. But man, I love them.