Raising boys over girls presents a unique challenge for parents. Having raised two sons and now two grandsons, here are the challenges that my wife and I have encountered. Let me say, right at the beginning, that I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything else. Here are some reasons that I feel it is harder to raise boys than girls.
1. Potty Training; For one reason or another, boys take longer to teach this much needed skill to. We tried many different ways to motivate our boys, to use the toilet. We tried everything from shooting at a Cheerio in the toilet to going outside in the yard. We finally just decided, that when they are ready, they will do it properly.
2. Buying Blue Jeans; Our little guys went through them so fast, that we thought they had a contract with Levi Strauss. Boys slide and crawl all over the floor. This, in turn, wears out their knees. If they weren’t torn, they were discolored to a lighter color, of worn.
3. Design Clothes; Little girls have a wider selection of clothes compared to that of little boys. We have a reuse clothes shop in our town. They are always looking for little boys clothes. They just can’t find them. If you go to look for clothes at the mall, they have little outfits. However, just finding pants or single plain shirts are hard to find. There appears to be more fashions for little girls than boys.
4. Auto Insurance; As boys get older and get their license to drive, insurance rates are higher for boys than girls. It is not based on their driving ability, until they reach a certain age. Boys, in general, are more immature in their driving skills. Insurance companies, in turn, establish higher rates, for beginning drivers. This can put a financial burden on budgets.
5. Discipline; Boys want to establish their independence, from parents, at a younger age. This means, that you have to spend more time in both vocal and serious discussions. You have to spend more time, discussing acceptable behavior and explaining the importance of it. Boys like to play rough-house more than girls. This requires a constant reminding, that what they do can injure someone, including themselves.
6. Respect for Females; This begins at a young age and continues all the way through puberty. Parents, especially fathers, have to teach manners and the proper language to be used around girls. For some parents, this is a constant use of reminders to boys.
As a parent and grandparent, I found that raising boys was a challenge. Many tough decisions have to be made. However, when you see the final results, as boys mature, it gives you a good sense of achievement in parenting.