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We Like Boys Better than Girls

An interesting new Gallup poll was released on June 23rd and I was surprised to see that our attitudes about having girls haven’t changed much since the 40’s. Check it:

I’ll be totally honest. On my first I was really wanting a boy (we had one). I thought in general that I would be a much better mom to boys than girls (I was a tom boy growing up). I’ve since had 2 girls. When I found out I was having a girl with my 2nd child I went down to Baby Gap and just about cried as I looked at all of the accessories that came with them.

In the same breath, I can also admit that under all of it, at the time I probably had a preference to boys. I also think that our families had a preference for boys and I felt that. And truthfully I’m surprised that I did for someone who is a pretty independent woman if I do say so myself. I probably would have been burning my bras in the 70’s. I can now say that I honestly don’t lean more one way or another. If we had another baby, I could probably even go without finding out (I said probably, I am so impatient!) and I’d be happy with a boy or a girl.

Check out the summary over at Gallup and let me know what you think!

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  1. Kate Hoedebeck 07/05/2011 at 7:08 pm

    Interesting. I guess I’m in the minority. I wanted girls. And our first was a girl. Then when we found out we were having twins, my biggest fear was that it would be two boys. We had two more girls. I was and am excited beyond belief. Though, I’ve never been a particularly girly girl, I love having daughters. I love my girls. I love how very different three girls from the same two parents can be- looks and personality. And I LOVE that they have each other. A recent study showed that people with sisters are happier – girls or boys. If you have a sister, you’re happier.

  2. Katie Neuman 06/30/2011 at 12:41 pm

    Interesting. I have boys – two of them! The thought of having a girl used to scared me {the way growing up a girl scared me…still recovering ;)) Although now if we were to have another, a girl, I think I’d be just fine with that, probably even do a really good job.

  3. Raejean Roberts 06/29/2011 at 1:31 pm

    As much as I love my son, I don’t know if I could handle any more boys. My personality is more suited for girls. We’ll see if this changes when my grandson is born.

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  5. Shelly Knight 06/28/2011 at 2:45 pm

    We did not find out with either ahead of the big day. My husband and I both come from families of boys. Out of all the cousins, I am the only girl on my dad’s side. Imagine my shock when our first child was a girl! I also did not lean either way with #2, just a healthy baby, and we got a boy. I also didn’t know what I would do with a girl. She is the perfect mix of girly-girl and tomboy!

  6. dmd 06/28/2011 at 11:44 am

    We wanted a girl and we were sure it was a girl…until I had a dream about a week before the baby came and I knew it would be a boy. I was honestly depressed. I had no idea what I would do with a boy.

    Today we are as close as mother and son can be. I can’t imagine another way.

    You don’t always get what you want. You get what you need.