Boys vs. Girls

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Are boys or girls harder to raise?

According to our most recent poll, it’s practically a draw. Six readers said that boys are harder to raise than girls, while seven said, no, boys are not more difficult to raise.

The question of which sex is harder to raise has been debated for centuries. Millennia, probably.

Frankly, it’s a question I’m not qualified to answer. With four boys, I have absolutely, positively no experience raising girls.

The answer, of course, is more complex than “boys” or “girls.” The answer depends on the personality and preferences of the parent and the personality and age of the child. If you’re a highly verbal, very emotional mother, you may find raising a talkative, emotional daughter a natural fit, while you’d be lost with a physically-oriented boy of few words. Or you might find yourself locked in a battle of wills with a daughter who is all too much like you and crave the peace of a silent, brooding son.

According to my completely unscientific Internet research, though, boys are indeed easier to raise. For an extremetly unscientific but very humorous look at the matter, click here.

Of course, if you prefer real facts, you might be interested in these articles at Parents and CNN. In general, boys are aggressive, physical, less prone to communication and more difficult to discipline. They also have a harder time in school.

Odds are, you already knew that. 😉

So what’s been your experience? Are boys or girls harder to raise?

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