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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, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Back at home in western Washington!
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I have said it many times..."I would rather raise 10 girls than 1 boy again". I have 2 girls and 2 boys. So many more sleepless nights, trips to the ER and grey hairs from the boys than the girls.

I think it all boils down to personalities though...I happened to get well behaved girls without a lot of the drama, etc... that many have to deal with.
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: NYC
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It depends on personality but in general girls are harder to raise because there is much more maintenance for girls than boys.

Here are some thoughts:
  • Girls must go through menstrual periods and pads cost $$
  • Girls buy more clothing and they cost more $$ (Bras and panties cost more than boxer briefs)
  • Girls wear make up and accessories than boys.
  • When you daughter hits puberty you have to watch them more carefully. So many perverts and sex predators these days.
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Old 10-09-2014, 11:08 AM
 
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Before 13, a boy is harder to raise than a girl.
13 and up, that reverses, and severely at that.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: CO
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My sister had a boy first, then a girl. In later years she said if she'd had the girl first there wouldn't have been a second child.
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Like many other PP's, I think this is a question/poll that does not have a correct answer.

That said, one I thing I have noticed over the past several years is that there seems to be a general increased awareness and willingness to accept the differences between boys and girls and how those differences factor into raising them, educating them and playing to each gender's strengths and traits (which are different). Personally, I think this is refreshing change.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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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 !!!
So you don't have to worry about all the vaginas?



As for the OP, there is no specific answer, there is no "one size fits all". YMMV. Depends on the parents and the child's personality. I have a 13 year old girl. She's not into makeup and girly things so getting dressed doesn't take an hour. She would live in yoga pants, jeans, t-shirts and sneakers 24/7. She's not bratty but can be moody sometimes, which I don't find surprising but nothing that is out of control.

My niece has 2 daughters, one of which is an absolute terror. Her son is 5 and he's also a demon spawn. Don't get me wrong, I love them dearly but they are unruly.

When you have children, they are challenges no matter what. We worry whether they're boys or girls.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Canada
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IMO, kids are born with genetic factors that affect and ingrain into their personalities.

Some are easy going right from birth, some are difficult. (girls or boys) You can teach them all your values and be good examples as parents, but in the end, from childhood up into adulthood a person makes their own decisions to be a "good" citizen or not.
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:22 PM
 
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People whose children are young can't answer accurately because they have absolutely NO IDEA what's in store for them in the future.
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:00 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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It depends on personality but in general girls are harder to raise because there is much more maintenance for girls than boys.

Here are some thoughts:
  • Girls must go through menstrual periods and pads cost $$-True, but my boy was far more expensive and for longer than my girl. Being the social kid, he was the one who cost $$$ because of all the activities he participated in with friends, always going somewhere wanting to do things, taking lessons for this and that, go, go, go, spend, spend, spend!
  • Girls buy more clothing and they cost more $$ (Bras and panties cost more than boxer briefs)-Not always, son was the one into name brands and quality basics (cashmere scarf anyone) and ten different pair of shoes to go with different looks, while daughter was happy with tees from Target
  • Girls wear make up and accessories than boys.-My girl doesn't wear makeup or fragrance, spent much more on the boys hair styling products and the horrible Axe everything, pee-yew
  • When you daughter hits puberty you have to watch them more carefully. So many perverts and sex predators these days.-when the boys hit puberty you have to be careful of all the girls trying to trap them into a relationship with sex!(and both scenarios are a bit over the top don't you think?)
I don't think you can say that one is harder to raise than the other, too many variables.
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:11 AM
 
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I hope to god that I don't get a girl. (watch I'll get 3 girls)
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