Tonight G was wrestling with his sister. P was very upset considering the situation with a football team boycotting to show support of their 10 team mates suspended for sexual assault. From an article in the NYT "Of 12 accused parties, the report found, despite conflicting accounts, that 10 players had violated university policy on sexual harassment and that four had violated sexual assault policies."
I hate when kids play boys against girls. In my experience it is always initiated by the boys that want to womp on the girls. And the girls, people pleasers to their detriment, go along with it. I tell my kids that Women and men need to work together. That is God's plan for us. A girl might compete with a boy, but pitting girls against boys is always cowardly.
We talk to the children about how they are to only one in charge of their body. I often tell them "I'm a person and I don't like how you are touching me. I'm leaving." Just because I'm their mom doesn't give them a right to squish, pull or bash into me.
G will be 12 next week. He hasn't been as proactive as M about reading up on human reproduction. G has a friend that is a few months younger who is a fan of challenging or excluding girls. I call the kid out on it. I make sure G and M know that his attitudes are stupid. The boys father is awesome so hopefully he'll get straightened out. But we need to teach G that being a man involves protecting women. Real men cherish and appreciate the women in their lives. The world is full of lies on how men should act to women. Pornography is a product of treating women as a goal, instead of people. So it's important to learn the righteous way to think of and treat women. And it's important to learn to talk to your mind to combat feelings that are wicked. Like "Boys are better than girls." No, we're all children of God and god wants men to love and respect women.