Is Raising Boys and Girls Really That Different?

Do you raise one differently than the other?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Parents have a lot to worry about: what their kids eat, where to send them to school and how to rear them, just for starters. Compounding the mysteries of parenting is the debate over whether there are innate differences between raising a boy and raising a girl. Modern parents often try to be gender neutral, offering primary colors instead of pink or blue, and finger paints instead of trucks or dolls. But as many parents will attest, it seems that some boys are predisposed toward fire trucks and football, while girls want tutus and princesses no matter how you raise them. Should we change our parenting depending on our kids' gender? To help answer this question, we checked in with friends, contributors and listeners for their stories on how they were raised…and what they do with their own kids.

Contributors:

Leo Duran

Comments [2]

Aida De la Cruz

I'm the youngest of three daughters and I was always SO thankful that I didn't have any brothers. Growing up in Mexico, I always saw my friends were treated differently than their brothers. I always hated that they couldn't get home as late as their little brothers, or that they had to "help" their brother make their bed and what not...

Oct. 22 2009 01:29 PM
Del

Wow, I was just thinking about this last night, how it is much different raising a girl(s) then boy(s). I have a 4.5 year old and a 4.5 month old. I was also raised by women my whole life, no dad there for me.

Anyways, it is much different. There are many reasons why, but I will talk about them in my post I put together.

Oct. 22 2009 12:57 PM

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