Raising Boys vs. Girls? A Systematic Approach to Deciding the Easiest

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Inspired by the list of five reasons that boys are better than girls (and vice versa; see below), I wanted to create my own version, broken down into phases: Pre-Puberty and Post-Puberty. Here’s the original list:

Here’s a quick rundown of the top five reasons why having little boys is better than having little girls:

1. No whining (or less, at least)
2. No pink
3. No ballet
4. No make up
5. No growing up to be teenage daughters

And just for the sake of balance, here are five reasons that girls are better than boys:

1. No testosterone – ’nuff said
2. More than just sneakers
3. No Little League
4. No frogs, snails, and puppydog tails
5. No daughter-in-laws

Since I’m an Engineer, I had to take a “scientific approach” to this.

First, I created categories that worried me (I took a lot from the original post). Each category has a “maximum worry points”. Those are just abstracted levels of how much I worry about each category.

All I had to do then was to assign points to boys vs girls in each of the two phases and analyze the results.

Click here to see the spreadsheet that I created.

From the graphic linked above, we can “scientifically conclude” that little girls are easier to raise than little boys, but once they reach puberty, daddy’s little girl is “gone” and teen boys are easier to raise.This worries me, because my kids are still toddlers, so I know there’s still a *lot* ahead of me.

This article was originally published at Journey2Retirement.

Published on June 29th, 2007 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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Comments (scroll down to add your own):

  1. I hope that when we have children, we go the one of each route. If it doesn’t work out that way, well, we’ll be happy with what we have and deal with what comes.

    We certainly aren’t going to trade our children in…

    Comment by Blaine Moore — Jun 29th 2007 @ 8:37 am
  2. I have one of each, now teens.
    I must contest the less whining from boys —
    it’s just not as high pitched.

    Comment by Dallas Meow — Jul 3rd 2007 @ 11:21 pm
  3. I have one of each…4 year old boy and 2 year old girl. I have to agree with Dallas Meow…our son whines as much just at a lower pitch and more inconvenient times.

    I’ve also heard that in the teenage years girls can be more moody than boys…although I think boys/men can be as moody as girls/women…they just don’t think they are being moody.


    Comment by Aruni Gunasegaram — Jul 12th 2007 @ 5:24 pm

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