Guest Post by Myndee from Random Myn: Life in a boy/girl home…

“Those are girl glasses.” said the little boy from the pool. My son, sporting his sister’s hot-pink and rhinestone sunglasses, shot back, “NO, they are BOYS!”

“But…they’re pink” the boy said, confused. “Yeah they’re pink, but I’m wearing them, so they’re boy glasses.” You go, Gavin.

This wasn’t an example of me letting my three-year old express himself by wearing the pink sunglasses. No, I’m not that progressive. It was more, I-can’t-find-your-sunglasses-just-wear-your-sister’s kind of thing. Pink sunglasses on boys and Captain America costumes on girls are common in the life of a boy/girl mom.

When you are a boy/girl mom, your life is filled with all things boy, all things girl, and everything in between. I often see things on Twitter, Instagram, or other social media sites where parents showcase a typical boy or girl moment, usually followed up with the hashtag “#boymom” or “#girlmom”. Those are some of my favorite posts!

I see very little, if anything though, on the unique experiences you have if you are living with both a young boy and young girl. Take a glimpse into our daily life:

You might be a boy/girl mom if….

-Your daughter requests a Skylander’s birthday party

-You find yourself playing hair salon and monster trucks at the same time

-At night you navigate through a mine field of Legos, My Little Ponies, hot-wheels, and princess crowns

-There are Star Wars sheets topped with flowered pillow’s on either of your children’s bed

-The beautiful tea party set is often used as a weapon

-You often have to remind your daughter that no, she does not have a tiny penis

-Your son has a favorite Disney Princess, and your daughter has a favorite Avenger

Your son dresses like this:

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And your daughter dresses like this:

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Being a boy/girl mom forces you to be gender neutral, like it or not. Thankfully, around here we like it, or at least don’t care enough to not like it.

About The Guest Blogger: Myndee is an almost 30 (by that she means 33) year old mom who recently left her career to stay home with her three kids, ages 4 and under. She writes over at Random Myn about whatever random thing that crosses her mind- anything from politics to parenting. She’s also not a raging alcoholic, though her Instagram kind of makes her look like one. She’s also on Facebook & Twitter

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  1. I love this post!!!! And I totally relate to it all!! I have two boys and a girl and yes, tea sets are great weapons and star wars and batman action figures have lived and even married Barbie! I love living in a mixed sex household. Growing up in an all girl family it’s been such a fun adventure. Our daughter use to try to pee standing up and didn’t always get why that was a problem. We also have had boys in dresses and girls in super hero costumes. Thanks for such a fun post!! Lets here it for the mixed sex family!!

  2. Have 2 boys and one girl… my kids switch behaviors often… one minute the doll is a baby the next my son is eating it for “lunch” like Goku ate the fish… blocks are a castle and weapons in the same play session and my daughter thinks she will pee standing too…

  3. Haha! Totally relate, even though I just have a boy. I’ve seen him turn a sparkly pink fairy princess wand into a rifle and he routinely talks about my having a penis — and he’s not talking about the one I got from Eve’s Garden . It’s wonderful when toys can just be toys, not boy toys or girl toys, regardless of whether they’re pink or blue.

  4. This is great! I love your son’s answer that they are boy glasses because he is wearing them! I dressed my brother as a girl when he was younger and he played Barbies with me. He’s very well adjusted.

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