Wednesday, 13 August 2008
WHY CAN'T THEY BE LIKE THE GIRLS?
Whistle while you work.
P’s lads are on a youth camp this week.
So P has to do all of their paper rounds. And here I am: the oldest paperboy in the South of England.
I’ve just finished – and I am totally cream-crackered. But I enjoy it: the thud of paper on carpet – the clipping letterbox snapping shut – the crunch of boots on driveway – the barking dogs and twitching curtains – it’s all joy.
…..my boys aint so enthusiastic…the little Philistines.
If you only knew the weekly hassle I have in getting the little blighters out of that door, and down the road to deliver the bleedin' papers. They just don’t want to do it. Sometimes when it’s peeing down with rain – I end up doing it for them. And that is krap….and weak.
We have a system:
My daughters put the leaflets in the papers and my boys deliver. And the contrast between male and female is never starker than in this division of labour.
My girls come home from school - and the first thing they do?
They get the leaflets done. You should see them – no hesitation – no blubbing – no complaining – they just get right on with it. The task is completed days before schedule. So perfunctory in their approach.
But my boys? Oh me Gawd – anyone would think I was subjecting them to weekly torture.
Why is this? Can someone offer an explanation as to why the girls just get on with it whilst the boys' energies are directed towards wriggling out of it?
My other system
I have another system for getting jobs around the house done.
Mrs P was complaining that she was doing ALL of the work whilst we (me and the lads) were watching the boxing and football and generally lazing. So I sorted out a rota – with every kid (and me) getting a job to do every day – it went up on the wall – with days at the top and jobs down the side – with the name of the worker put in each box.
Honest-ta-Gawd – it’s a brilliant system.
My girls love it – and enthusiastically tackle each job – can’t wait to see what jobs they have for that day….and just get on with it….no blubbing and complaining…
Anyway – within days the chart is covered in arrows and lines and crossings-out. The girls know nothing about this and are as perplexed as I am. So
I say to the boys:
“Okay – what’s all this krap on the chart?”
“Well – I swapped two jobs with him and then he swapped one with him over there and then we didn’t think it was fair to give us that job on boxing days and so we crossed that one off and changed this one for that job…and anyway the girls aren’t doing as many as us…which isn’t fair, and so we tried to even it out…and then it’s also unfair that we have to walk the dogs on two consecutive days..and….”
I tell you P Club
I BLEEDIN’ WELL FREAKED OUT. AND IT WAS SORTED…
This is not just my problem.
I went for lunch with an old mate today. He says to me:
“Mr P – how do you motivate your boys to do their school work; my daughter is fine and gets on with it – but my son just wants to play tennis and golf – what’s the answer?”
Bloody Hell. I don’t know – I am still working on it.
I HAVE CONCLUDED:
We treat our kids the same – no favouritism – all are encouraged – built up – praised etc….but there is definitely a difference between boys and girls.
Girls = organised, disciplined and serious minded
Boys = disorganised, and couldn’t give a stuff.
What’s the Answer P Club?
Mrs P blames Me. She says the good traits are inherited from her (discipine, eye for detail, getting the job done, seriousness) and the girls are lucky enough to inherit these characteristics from her. That it has nothing to do with being a boy or girl.
She says the bad traits are inherited from Me (anarchistic, unruly and anti-establishment) and the boys are unlucky enough to inherit these characteristics from me.
It's Utter Bollocks of course.
There is most certainly a difference between male and female.