Sugar and spice and slugs and snails – A Nursery Rhyme

A Nursery Rhyme.

Sugar and spice and all things nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.
Slugs and snails and puppy-dog’s tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.

With silly rhymes, tales and stories like the above, we indoctrinate our children with preconceived ideas about the opposite sex. Perhaps it is no wonder so many marriages and relationships end in violence, dissatisfaction and divorce. When the husband discovers his wife is not always sweetness and light he can’t cope with the destruction of his dreams and gets mad. When the wife discovers her husband is not just a big dumb tough guy but also has a soft, thoughtful side—she’s so disappointed she tells him he’s not a real man—and that makes him mad.  It’s such a shame we can’t let kids grow up without instilling our prejudices into their malleable brains.

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2 thoughts on “Sugar and spice and slugs and snails – A Nursery Rhyme

  1. Morgan Jauncey

    I think what is even more damaging is the pressure parents put on their kids to get married so early in life. I’m a firm believer that marriage is for later (late 20s onwards). People are getting married too young, before they have gathered the communication skills through lifes experiences which are neccessary to make a marriage work. Young people love the idea of the wedding (party, centre of attention, dress, honeymoon, fairytale), but are not equipped to deal with the marriage that follows. Direct result – high divorce rate.

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    1. rigbyte Post author

      Exactly… the fairytale ends… ‘And they all lived happily ever after’. Ha! As if marriage isn’t hard work and endless compromise if the wonderful benefits are to be enjoyed. Perhaps it is the ‘lotto’ mentality. in out hearts we all expect to win a million dollars for the expenditure of $6, so why shouldn’t relationships be the same?

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