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How boys feel about the word bossy

When we first caught wind of Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg's Ban Bossy campaign a few weeks ago, it got us asking: What do little girls think of the word bossy?
What happens when you interview a group of boys on what the word bossy means to them?

And once we heard their answers — and that most of them didn't really have a problem with the word — the #BossyIs campaign was born. So what did we do next? Ask our boys what they thought bossy meant, of course.

Hear what they have to say in their own words.

So what did we learn? First, and maybe most importantly, if you want to know what your kids are thinking, ask them. Make it into an event — come up with interview questions, schedule a time and place to conduct your interview and turn on the camera. Don't worry about whether you use your cell phone, a video camera or an old Super 8 camera (though if you have a Super 8, we'd love to get our hands on that footage).

The point is, get your kids talking, keep the conversation going and hear them out. That way, we go from banning words to redefining them.

Here's what we asked our kids:

  • What does bossy mean to you?
  • What would you do if someone called you bossy?
  • How is being a leader different from being bossy?
  • Can both boys and girls be bossy?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

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Check out what our girls had to say. Then grab your camera and join the #BossyIs movement.

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