They are in­di­vid­ual based on per­son­al­ity

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Rose Downie is a self-con­fessed girlie-girl. So it came as no sur­prise her three daugh­ters with hus­band Stephen — Messina, 11, and nine-year-old twins Sa­bella and Pasquelle — are too. She says: “I don’t have boys so it’s hard for me to com­pare rais­ing girls ver­sus rais­ing boys. But from what I have seen from fam­ily mem­bers and friends who have boys, they seem to be more hy­per­ac­tive and louder than girls.

“That’s gen­er­al­is­ing quite a bit, but it rings true in my ex­pe­ri­ence.

“My girls are gen­er­ally hap­pier in­doors play­ing or colour­ing-in than run­ning around out­doors.

“How­ever, I re­alise that could all change as they get older and de­velop more likes and skills, as they are get­ting into sport more … They play net­ball and bas­ket­ball and dance.

“When they were younger they were what you would call lit­tle princesses. They were re­ally into play­ing with dolls, or play­ing schools, and loved dress-ups.

“I guess that comes from me ... as we en­cour­aged the gen­der stereo­types by buy­ing them those spe­cific toys. But I had them all pretty close to­gether so they played to­gether a lot, and if one was into some­thing, like play­ing schools, they all did it. . So they in­flu­enced each other in that way.

“Hav­ing said all of that, I be­lieve all chil­dren are in­di­vid­ual dual based on their per­son­al­i­ties not their gen­der. I see this s in the chil­dren of fam­ily mem­bers and friends where they don’t nec­es­sar­ily all fall into o gen­der stereo­types.

“It’s funny, though, es­pe­cially when they were younger, we would get a lot of com­ments like ‘Wow, you have your hands full, wait till they all hit the teenage years!’” Stephen and Rosa Downie ownie with daugh­ters Pasquelle, uelle, Sa­bella and Messina. .

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