Wrestling her dollies
The difference is there from the start. Sometimes.
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Shawn Benjamin)
If there was one thing I knew about kids before I had them, it was that boys and girls are the same and should be treated the same.

Hmm. Maybe I didn't know as much as I thought. 

I just have to watch the gruff posturing of my son and his friends compared to the teenage girls who move with such fluttering confidence past them. The way many little boys fashion guns out of pieces of bread, while the girls nurture anything with a face and no feelers.

Of course these are generalisations that fall apart faced with individuals who buck the trend and do things their own way. For every boy dancing along with Hannah Montana, there's a girl trying out wrestling moves on her dolls.

Differences between boys and girls are in our wiring, says Michelle Minnaar in a fascinating look at how it all works on a brain wave level. Michelle's story is in reply to our Parent24 2009 survey result which revealed that boys are overall found more difficult to parent than girls.

What do you think? Are girls different from boys from the start? And which are easier to parent?

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