Universal Truths About Girls

Watching three girls go from womb to now, I have had the privilege of learning/realizing that yes indeed, some things do just come to girls naturally. It’s like a code of honor that Mother Nature plants in their heads while they’re being created. Here are a few that I find worthy of comment…

You must never, ever go to the bathroom alone. What happened in the bathroom, so longgirls will be girls ago that we now must never go alone? If you have to go and there’s another female around, you’re going together. My girls do that, as well. I almost fell out of my chair the first time my oldest turned to her friend (they were 5 at the time) and demanded she go with her to the bathroom.  The Rooster looked at me in HORROR! “It’s true! It IS born in you to do that!”

The phone is your best friend. I can’t peg the official age that this started but holy crap. What is it about a kid, a school roster and the phone? It’s like dialing for dollars and the dollars are play dates. They just don’t get the concept that really, everyone does NOT sit by the phone waiting for YOU to call. These girls will call, get voice mail, leave a message and if I’m lucky, ask me in 10 minutes if they can call back because they just know that So&So just got back home and they are going to call anyhow.  If I’m NOT lucky, I invariably will be informed one day that the child called 4 times within 20 minutes demanding a call back.

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Two is company, three is a crowd. This one is pretty simple.. being the mom to three girls, I don’t have a lot to compare it to (as far as play dates with boys), but I know for certain that 3 friends don’t make for a fun play date. 2? Perfect. Even 4 to some extent. But odd numbers? Fuhgetaboutit. I’ve even been known to comment that yes, in fact, I DO wish we’d have a 4th kid just for that very reason. Of course, it’s easy to say that when we’ve surgically been guaranteed that won’t happen.

A closet full of clothes does NOT mean you have anything to wear. I don’t think that I have to go into this with great detail but suffice it to say that I can buy out Justice, American Eagle and Delia’s and STILL they won’t have anything that resembles an outfit worthy of eating at McDonald’s much less a more “formal” setting such as photos or a school dance. I long for the days where changing out the clothes each season meant passing over the appropriately “aged” Rubbermaid tub. Now it’s a test in stretching the budget paired with breaking the bank. Thank the lord for Plato’s Closet.

I know there will be plenty of other “girls only” idiosyncrasies that I have missed but these are the ones that fell out of my head today. What about the Mom’s of boys?  What are their little things that are just innate?



October 9, 2013 at 5:17 am

These are so true! And a playdate with 3 is one of the worst things – so many hurt feelings. I’m kind of glad I have my nice even 2 girls at home 🙂
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October 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Yes. To all of these. Jasmine is only two and I’m already dreading the teen years. When I remember how I was during that time, I just want to go hug my mom and apologize…
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October 1, 2013 at 12:11 pm

True, true, true, and true! My oldest is 9 and the “biggest mistake” I made was getting her a cell phone because man, that thing has become her 5th appendage. And even my 5 year old can not go to the bathroom alone. I have to wait in here every night as she showers. It starts young and never stops, does it?
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September 30, 2013 at 6:14 pm

You could not speak more truth here if you tried!! YES, YES, YES!! You have certainly learned much in your years in the girly trenches. The one that took me the longest to learn was that 3 is a HORRIBLE number for a girls’ playdate. It doesn’t work that way for boys. Boys work nicely in a pack. But a 3 person girl playdate is a NIGHTMARE!! –Lisa
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September 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

You are my sage big sister who is preparing me for all of the fun that lies ahead when my daughters are older. Oh dear!
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September 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I grew up as the middle of two sisters (and two disastrous brothers) and my dad said that just when he thought he hit the hairspray budget for the month, we’d need more. This was the 90’s, after all.
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September 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm

You nailed it. I only have one girl but you hit it on target. Boys…let’s see…anything can become a play weapon. If you forbid toy guns in your house, they will make one with a stick or legos, or anything else they can find. And when they are little, you have to remind them to not wear the same thing day after day. They could care less what they look like or smell like. I could go on. I think we are past all these stages, thank goodness!
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September 30, 2013 at 10:45 am

Yes to all of this. I only have one daughter, but oh.my.god. the writing is on the wall with that one!

September 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

I grew up in a home with 4 girls, my husband a home of 4 boys. We had one girl that equals three and three boys that learned from the girl! Some boy universals – there’s an age you have to tell them to wear deodorant, there’s an age you have to tell them to let others grab the plate in line before they do, and there are just a lot less words in the air. My mom is a saint for having 4 girls, and you also. I miss pink and conversations, though. Can I rent one of yours?

September 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

Yes! Yes! Yes! I can’t tell you how much truth is in this post. The phone thing made me laugh out loud because that is Belle to a T! The stalking and unluckiness of finding out later. So true and so funny.
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September 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

I am headed down this road like next few months or so, it is unfolding like right before my eyes, so, you need the 4th girl, come and pick her up anytime you want & no worries you just will have (2) with the same name different spellings… see… I fixed your & my problem… LOL. 🙂 Girls are definitely something else! XO
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September 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

Another mom to girls and oh god yes I totally agree with all, especially that three girls can never play together nicely. Not sure why, but it is so true!
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September 30, 2013 at 7:17 am

As a fellow girls mom who also has three daughters, I wholeheartedly agree!! 🙂
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