Listen, I hate gender stereotyping and generally believe them to be false. For every woman who is “catty,” there are just as many men… for every man that is competitive, there are just as many women… I could go on. However, no matter how hard I attempted to raise my first born ignoring gender differences and dressing her in her OP shorts, making sure she had as many “boy” friends as girls and buying her as many trucks to play with as dolls, the dolls won, by age 3 she refused to wear anything but dresses and she favors playing with girls these days. Point being, I have learned that for certain individuals, following particular stereotypical gender roles can come naturally. Along those lines, Breezy Mama spoke to Dove Pressnall, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, to find out if boys — many who seem naturally inclined to be rambunctious — are harder to raise than girls and the solutions to their nature.
Aren’t boys generally pre-wired to be more rambunctious? Why is that?
The jury is out on this one. Some studies have found gender differences in levels of aggression and physical play but others have found minimal differences between girls and boys in childhood and attribute behavior differences to socialization.
I spend time in my kids’ various classrooms from early preschool to elementary school and girls are noticeably calmer and better listeners (definitely, not all, but a much higher percentage). What’s going on with boys at these ages?
Whether it’s socialized or hard-wired, though, parents and school professionals can attest to girls seemingly better abilities to sit and focus in class. This may be more [Read more…] about Are Boys Harder to Raise Than Girls