By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Editorial Director
During a recent meeting with my daughter's preschool teacher, the subject of "bossiness" came up. After learning about all of her accomplishments over the past few months, I feared we had just hit our first red flag.
"She likes to 'hold court' when she's playing." Uh oh. I knew where this was headed.
Bossy. The label that's used to identify girls who are a little too in charge. A trait I'd certainly seen in my darling -- but definitely in the driver's seat -- daughter, whose own cousins actually call her "The boss." A word that's used to keep girls from asserting themselves. A characteristic I'd wrestled with myself: on the one hand loving my leadership role, and on the other worrying about how others perceive me.
"Are you saying she's bossy?"
"Bossy? Absolutely not," her teacher said, rather matter-of-factly. Wait, what? "She's a leader," the teacher continued. "She makes decisions. She has a vision of what sheRead More »from Who's the Boss? My Daughter, Thank You Very Much