Have you done
your jobs yet?

Have you done your jobs yet?
Have you done your chores?
I shouldn’t have to tell you
The obligation’s yours

Have you had a shower?
Have you washed your hair?
I’m getting tired of yelling
This isn’t very fair

Are these your dirty undies?
Lying on the floor
You’re acting like a baby
I can’t take it any more

Have you brushed your teeth yet?
Have you done a wee?
You won’t be playing cricket
If you keep ignoring me

I’ve had enough of nagging
My voice is going hoarse
If you don’t start to act your age
I’m getting a divorce


© Jackie Hosking Mother Behaving Badly

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem