is based on the idea that soldiers wear stripes of material sewn onto a uniform that show rank. In other words be proud of who you are and what you stand for. How often does this resonate with you? As I laze away on my freshly painted stumps, I can’t help but wonder am I doing enough to arm my little guys with the tools to not only earn their stripes but proudly wear their stripes. My culpability as well as other authoritative figures in their daily lives rely on the outcome. Sure I give them rock star treatment on their birthdays and lots of hugs on all days, but they are growing at warp speed…am I expecting too much from them? I have seen a lot of coddling especially toward boys in my culture from their fine mamas and papas and vowed that I would not participate in the tradition. Why can’t boys share the same responsibilities as girls or why do boys deserve more attention than girls were thoughts that always hovered about in my mind. As the only female in my nest, I’m constantly bombarded with flurries of testosterone and find myself at a loss. Why are you all so attracted to those video games? While there is not a lot of braggadocio taking place I struggle with the gaming rapture that has taken over. Is this what’s causing them to neglect the little things around the nest which in turn make me more irritable. There is no doubt we are from different planets…the trick is how can we go about our daily lives and make it fair for both female and male needs. Any suggestions that work in your nest?
I do have hope and in the process of working through the estrogen versus testosterone battle, I have been busy painting stripes and animal print to decorate my refuge from the heated debacle. The original tree stumps are from a Eucalyptus tree that took a great fall, you may remember them in their state of limbo here, and have fostered my reprieve–a place to catch my breath and enjoy the great outdoors along with the much-longed for coastal breeze. Here’s to working together and building confidence and discipline masterfully.