For years, I've heard parents tell their daughters to not be bossy, but what is that teaching our daughters? An online ad campaign has been launched to #BanBossy.

I am going to just go ahead and say this now, I don't believe in banning words. I also don't believe that the words of others have near as much impact on our children if, as parents, we teach our children to celebrate their strengths and embrace what makes them unique. When parents empower their children to have good character, the words of others are less effective.

Now, what I will tell you that does bother me, is the difference of perception about the same character traits in men and women. For example, if a man is comfortable with who he is as a person, he is labeled as "confident." A woman, on the other hand, may be labeled as "arrogant." A woman who knows what she wants in life and isn't afraid to go after it is called "too aggressive" while a man might be labeled a "go-getter." Sadly, there is and always has been inequality in the way men and women are perceived in our society. I have been called bossy. I've been called pushy. Outspoken. Argumentative. Opinionated. The truth is, I am all of those things... and so much more. They are what make me who I am, and I am ok with that. Regardless of anyone else's label of me.

 

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