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Are Boys Easier Than Girls?

Little Mister on his first day, in last year's clothes. Credit: Gina CohenLike many of your kids, my son had his first day of school this week. He began the first grade, and I couldn't be prouder. As I drove to work after dropping him off that morning, I reflected on how quickly and quietly this day had snuck up on me. Why had I not experienced the harried back-to-school whirlwind of many years prior, when I prepared my (now college-aged) daughter for school? I couldn't help but wonder: Is it easier readying boys for school than girls, or am I just older and wiser now? I decided I can take exactly zero credit here. Boys — in my experience of a focus group of two — are easier. Allow me to present two strong pieces of evidence:

  * The Backpack. I recall going into store after store with my daughter when she was in elementary school, trying to find the right backpack. You know, the one that wasn't too babyish and didn’t have the wrong words on it and wasn't the one her best friend's friend's friend had already chosen, and wasn't too much like last year’s backpack. With my son, I saw there was a sale at Toys R Us (free lunch bag with purchase of backpack! Score.). He took one look at a seemingly endless aisle of neon options, and within seconds, selected a basic Hot Wheels backpack, because it came with a toy car attached to the zipper. Done. He didn't even care if the lunch bag matched or not. He nearly chose a Ninjago lunchbox! Oh, the un-matchy horror that would have been, had I not swooped in and saved him from a year of ridicule from his 7-year-old brethren. Phew. You're welcome, son.
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  * The First Day Outfit. Must I even go into detail as it relates to the grand event that is Back to School Clothing Shopping for Daughters? There are labels to consider, see. Colors that are in or out. Styles that are so totally not her. Mostly, anything you choose as a mom is decidedly unappealing, even though you know for certain she would have chosen it herself had you not been standing there. So there's drama, and there are dressing rooms and emotional breakdowns in front of mirrors and lots of reassuring that your little girl looks beautiful and cool and whatever else she wants to look and feel like that year. My son and I spent about 22 seconds on a sale rack and walked out with a bag of outfits. On the morning of his first day of school, I asked him to choose his outfit. He came downstairs wearing a t-shirt and shorts from last year.

I rest my case.

Tell us  do you agree? Are sons easier than daughters when it comes to back to school?

Photo: Courtesy of Gina Cohen

Gina Cohen is a Lead Producer at MSN Living. She is a very proud parent of two terrific kids, ages 18 and 6, and is currently undergoing a home makeover project, including searching for the perfect paint shade of snowy gray. If you know the one, you should recommend it – follow Gina on Twitter or send her an email.

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Jul 6, 2013 5:33AM
Girls are usually easier, until they hit the age of 12..  then watch out!!!!!  ATTITUDE CITY
Sep 27, 2012 4:12AM
I grew up with 3 brothers. I have a son and daughter, and am now raising my grandson. From my experience and observations boys are MUCH harder to raise. They're also more talkative!!!
Sep 26, 2012 3:48PM
I have 3 boys and each has a different personality. I don't think it's the gender that makes a child "easier" it is the personality. I have friends with daughters and sons who say the girls are easier!
Sep 21, 2012 1:10PM
Absolutely not. I have one girl and one boy - my son is the hardest. He's always thought he was the boss and everything was a fight. It's even worse now that he's a testosterone filled 16 year old.  
Sep 20, 2012 5:35PM
OMG YEEEESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Boys are MUCH easier than girls!  I thank my lucky stars every day for my little boy!
Sep 19, 2012 4:34PM

Well I have 2 daughters & 1 Son...Well my 2 Girls Loved school & going to school was so much easier than my Son who is 5 yrs.old I have to fight with him every morning to get up & get ready. he always as so many excuses why he can't go & that everyone is Crazy.. We are late every morning & he just wants to go back to 4K & never go to school again.

 I told him he has to go to school & he can't stay home & he can't go back to 4K that he was moving on to be a Big Boy now. All I heard was I want to be a little Boy & I hate school & I don't like going to meet new friends & its to cold to go to school & the wind is blowing real hard. my throat hurts & my stomache & so on & so on..

 I wish I would of had another girl because it was so easy with them. Yes they wanted clothes that they wanted but that was ok with me because I want to spend money on clothes that they would wear not on clothes that would stay in the closet till who knows when. My son won't wear half the clothes cause he says they won't fit when they will.

 So yes my Son is going to make his whole school yrs. a nitemare cause if I have to sit & fight with him till he is 18 its going to be a mess... I tryed everything with him I told him he goes everyday he will get a toy at the end of the month he said No way.. I also told him if he goes everyday he can get a prize at the end of the week he said No that he don't want to hear it anymore.. So now I just get him to school late & he complains all the way to school when we get there he is fighting with me to get out of my truck But I pick him up & carry him in school kicking & yelling.. I hope one day he will see that he isn't getting his way at all... But I Love him with all my heart no matter what he does......

Sep 19, 2012 1:44PM
I absolutely agree!!  Boys are just easier overall...I have 1 boy and 2 girls :-)
Sep 8, 2012 2:25AM
If this lady is surprised, she has a lot to learn -- about almost everything
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