They are individual based on personality
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. .