Boys vs Girls. Is one gender easier to raise?

Boy or Girl


Whether you are a parent or not, it seems everyone has their own theory as to why one gender perhaps is more difficult to raise than the other. 

Boys seem to have developed a stereotype when they’re little as being active, boisterous and accident-prone, whilst girls seem to be more problematic in the tween years when friendship and body image issues come to the fore. The teenage years are supposed to be horrible for both sexes.

So, is there any truth in these stereotypes or are they just clichés? Let’s find out:
1. Why does it seem that communicating with boys can be like talking to a brick wall?
From birth there is evidence that boys do no hear as well as girls. A 2007 study in Stockholm of 30,000 newborn babies found girls’ hearing is, “slightly but significantly” better than boys.
2. Do girls and boys think differently?
Yes. Research has found the wiring of 80% of brains is gender specific. Male brains are 6% to 10% larger, on average, than female brains but there are more connections in female brains. In addition, the connecting area between the left and right sides of the brain is bigger in girls, which may mean females are able to use both sides of the brain more easily.
3. Why do boys seem more likely to want to play with something mechanical than a doll?
Research conducted at the University of Cambridge in the UK found boys prefer to watch mechanical motion over human motion.  They gave 12-month-old boys the option of looking at people talking or windshield wipers moving and they were riveted by the wipers. In addition, research has found boys are about 2 months ahead of understanding motion laws, for example what happens if a ball is pushed.
4. Are boys more accident prone?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2002-2003, there were 42,600 hospitalisations for injuries of boys, and 25,400 of girls. Boys aged 10 to 14 years had more than twice as many hospitalisations for injury as girls of the same age.
5. Do girls master language quicker than boys?
Research demonstrates girls talk sooner and more clearly than boys. The average 20 month old girl has twice the vocabulary as an average 20 month old boy. Whilst vocabulary knowledge seems to have no gender differences, girls do tend to be more advanced at spelling and grammar skills.
6. Is it true boys are less likely to have self-esteem issues?
Gender researchers have claimed that girls tend to grow up less confident and more insecure than boys because they are programmed to be “people pleasers”. But whether that programming is from some gender-specific brain wiring or from cultural pressure on girls to put others’ needs first is unknown.
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