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After three daughters, my wife and I thought we had babies figured out. Now my son comes along and we are immediately finding that there are differences between boys and girls, even at this early age. What do you find the biggest differences are when raising a boy baby as opposed to a girl baby? --Chris, Strongmoms facilitator
I too was amazed at home different baby boys are from baby girls! As a RN working in the nursery and with infants it became quite clear that the girls (on a whole) seem to handle the transition from being inside mom to being a newborn a bit easier than their brothers. We often find that with twins (a boy and a girl) it's quite common for the girls to go home first. They seem to breath, eat and grow at a bit more advanced rate than their brothers. I'm curious to hear what other parents have noticed about their children, as my perspective is very health care based.
I find that my little boy is very much physical and activity oriented - loves action packed adventures. He sees life as a fairly simple, black and white ordeal thus far. His little girl cousins really love talking and relationship-oriented activities from a young age. They look at life as having some gray areas already. Thank goodness for the difference between boys and girls - we need all types to make the world work!!
Isn't that the truth Julie! My godmother has 4 grandchildren-all boys. She is an avid skier, camper, boater..while these are great activities for many girls they fit the bill for time with her grandkids. She often says she doesn't know what she would do if she had girls!
Boys are physically exhausting! Running and jumping and climbing…everywhere. Girls are mentally exhausting…asking why all the time, high-maintenance, arguing…but both are extremely fun and lovable!
My little girl is a good mix of physical and mentally exhausting. She doesn't ever stop moving, not even for a minute. she is constantly climbing on things she isn't It is physically exhausting for us because we are constantly chasing her around and pulling her out of places she shouldn't be in. the mental exhaustion comes in to play with telling her over and over that she can't do what she is doing and maintaining our cool.
Brinny - I'm in that exhausting phase with my youngest. He finds EXACTLY what he isn't supposed to touch or climb and does exactly that...rarely sits and actually plays with his toys, etc. I hope he survives...and myself too!
Great responses everybody! Thus far my little boy, who is now crawling, is fitting the stereotype of the busy little guy. There are similarities and differences between all of the kids, but I am noticing more change with my son after three girls.