Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a ministry to girls (age 6-11) and their parents, that includes a quarterly print magazine, journal, and other print and web resources. Wynter has a passion and drive to introduce young girls to Christian values in a way that they are able to palate and digest, so they can walk passionately and boldly in who God has created them to be. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Wynter resides in Dallas, Texas. You can find Wynter on Twitter and Facebook, and at her site, http://www.forgirlslikeyou.com/.
How often do you talk to your girls about boys? Not with the focus of when they can or cannot date them, but with a heart to really understand who they are in Christ or how to relate to them?
In my house of daughters, boys are foreign creatures! Not really…but sort of. Let’s just say that we love “Daddy” but we love being girls as well. With hair bows, glitter glue and painted toenails, we often celebrate how wonderfully made, precious and unique we are. I know that glitter is not what makes us girls…but it sure makes being a girl fun!
It’s funny how the mention of a male classmate can cause two very different reactions. It causes my girls to be completely grossed out or they just can’t stop giggling about him. I’m not sure of the exact day when this response will change (and I am not convinced that it will ever disappear completely) but even now there are some things I want my girls to remember about these aliens living in our midst!
Genesis 1:27 sums it up like this:
So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.
I want my girls to understand that boys are:
Just like girls, boys are fearfully and wonderfully made and it matters to God how we treat them. They deserve our love, our kindness and our respect simply because they too are God’s children—God’s boys!
As our girls grow up and hormones begin to take over, we must remind our girls that boys are their brothers and that they must do their best to point them to Christ. It is important that they remember this in their conversations, in their appearance and in their attitudes.
We are all created in the image of God, meaning we display his character and attributes but no matter how hard our society tries to make boys and girls the same, the truth is that we were made to be different. And that is perfectly ok because it’s the way God designed us!
I encourage you to talk to your girls about boys!
Remind your girls that the boys that will one day become their husbands were created as their brothers first.
Start the conversation: