Why does “Mama’s boy” have such a negative connotation, while “Daddy’s girl” is considered sweet and acceptable?
I think both are sweet and should be encouraged, maybe not for all of life, but certainly for the childhood years. Kids should be attached to both parents in this way, preferring them over any other adult or peer influence…the time this lasts is all too short as it is, and boys no more than girls should not be expected to start life with an independent, emotionally closed off, self-sufficient approach.
Personally, I would be offended if my baby boy wasn’t a mama’s boy. Really, I carried him for 9 months, brought him into the world with gritted teeth, fed, bathed, clothed, entertained, and comforted him, and am one of only a handful of people he sees on a regular basis and knows by voice, smell and touch.
He sure as the seasons better love the stuffing out of me.
I am going to be thankful for and enjoy the snuggles now and hope to be the kind of mother who can accept it and assist him when one day that love and devotion transfers to a new lucky lady. For now I’ll take my cuddles and chuckle inwardly (and outwardly) when he clings to me with a big goofy grin when someone else offers outstretched arms.