I think there is a school of thought out there that girls are easier to raise when they are little, and boys are easier to raise when they are older. I’m not so sure. I have a 3 1/2 year old who is proving to be quite the independent little person who challenges my patience. If this the easy part, then I’m scared!
In your years of parenting, what have you found the case to be?
Parenting magazine posted a great article where they take a closer look at this topic:
I often say that I spend more time and energy on my one boy than on my three girls. Other mothers of boys are quick to say the same. Forget that old poem about snips and snails and puppy dog tails, says Sharon O’Donnell, a mom of three boys and the author of House of Testosterone. “Somehow it’s been changed to boys being made of ‘fights, farts, and video games,’ and sometimes I’m not sure how much more I can take!”
Not so fast, say moms of girls, who point out that they have to contend with fussier fashion sense, more prickly social navigations, and a far greater capacity to hold a grudge. And as a daughter grows, a parent’s concerns range from body image to math bias.
Stereotyping, or large kernels of truth? “I think parents use ‘which is harder?’ as an expression of whatever our frustration is at the moment,” says family therapist Michael Gurian, author of Nurture the Nature. “Boys and girls are each harder in different ways.”
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