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View Poll Results: In general, which gender of child is overall easier to raise, girls or boys?
(For women): A girl is overall easier to raise than a boy. 15 16.67%
(For women): A boy is overall easier to raise than a girl. 37 41.11%
(For men): A girl is overall easier to raise than a boy. 9 10.00%
(For men): A boy is overall easier to raise than a girl. 29 32.22%
Voters: 90. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-09-2014, 12:53 AM
 
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But it may have a lot to do with the personality of the parent. (And of course, the individual child. Because many of them don't really fit into the gender stereotype.)

My personality is probably a better fit for girls and quiet boys, than the rowdy boys that most of my friends have.

My daughter has a little "boyfriend" who's the quiet boy type, and he seems to be pretty easy to take care of. (His mom says his little brother is a terror though.)
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Which gender of child is easier to raise (birth through age 18)? Generalizing is fine based on your experience or observations.

I'm also interested to see what adult women and adult men think separately about this question. So I've incorporated that into the poll as well.
I really can't answer. I'm female, have one female child and she has been relatively easy compared to the stories I've heard from other parents of both boys and girls. To put it basically, I understand girls (in general) go through some impossible stages during puberty which drive their parents nuts. The boys (again, generally) are messy and eat everything in the house! LOL. Probably a toss up.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:33 AM
 
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Girls aren't fairing very well in the poll!
That's because boys are SO MUCH easier to raise! God I would slit my wrists if I had to deal with a girl.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:54 AM
 
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Which gender of child is easier to raise (birth through age 18)? Generalizing is fine based on your experience or observations.
In my "experience and observation" there is no real difference at all - nor have I seen any reason to expect one. What I have experienced and observed is people having one single experience - such as their own child of sex 1 was harder than the child of sex 2 - and extrapolating that into a nonsense leap that therefore sex 1 is harder.

What probably IS harder is second and subsequent children given ones time and resources and energy and attentions are further divided. Perhaps many people assume that this increase in difficulty maps on to the sex of the second child - when in fact it has little or nothing to do with it.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Which gender of child is easier to raise (birth through age 18)? Generalizing is fine based on your experience or observations.

I'm also interested to see what adult women and adult men think separately about this question. So I've incorporated that into the poll as well.
It depends so much on the child, the placement in the family and how parents view each child, but for us, our daughters were much easier. Our son was, 1-the baby and 2-adopted, but our second daughter was adopted as well, so I doubt that had much to do with anything. All 3 were relatively good students, but our daughters made much better grades than our son. Our daughters were never really in trouble while in school, or they did little things that I think were just part of growing; our son, on the other hand had us visiting the principal every time we turned around. I will add, he was a star athlete as well and probably was more spoiled growing up. So, for us, there might have been underlining reasons but h certainly kept us on his toes. All three are grown now, with kids of their own and I am proud of each one of them.
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Old 10-09-2014, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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None. Don't want children.

But if I had to choose then maybe a boy.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:13 AM
 
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I only have a son, who is now a teenager, almost adult. He was an easy child through to preteen years, but as soon as he became a teenager, or somewhere thereabouts, he really started to push, and I mean push, every boundary, rule, etc. He's an extremely frustrating combination of high intelligence and low ambition, except when he wants something, then he can be stupid and motivated. Overall though, he is a nice kid, he treats others kindly, there isn't a mean bone in his body.

Being female myself, in retrospect, I am sure that I was an extremely difficult teenager as well.

I think that the issue is those darned teenager type hormones that kick in.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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Boys are much easier!

If you have a girl, as a parent you have to worry about every penis in the world!

If you have a boy, you only have to worry about 1 of them !!!
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:30 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I am not sure if there any difference?
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I have 3 boys and a girl. My youngest boy is the hardest out of all my children. My middle boy is the easiest out of all my children. I really don't think this is a gender issue. Some personalities are easier to deal with, some are more difficult.

My kids ages are 15, 13, 10 and 6. It's the 6 year old that is the difficult one. I don't know that I've ever met a person with such a strong personality. He's incredibly charismatic, opinionated, impatient but also, empathetic, loving and passionate. Intense ups and downs. Before I had him I used to say that girls were harder than boys because my daughter was so much more emotional than her brothers and seems to need more attention. Now I just think it's personality.
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