There's a difference in raising boys versus girls, and it's not just about gender, parents will tell you. They'll tell you that, despite some experts saying that gender roles are learned, in their experience, from birth, their boys have been more boisterous, while the girls have fallen more in line with the 'sugar and spice and everything nice' roles.
Here are some experiences from parents on raising boys versus girls.
Nordia Black, mother of two boys and a girl:
I don't know if it's correct to say that boys and girls are nurtured to fit into their gender roles, but I've found that from the beginning my boys were different in nature than my girl. From about age two my boys started to identify with others of their sex, and played like boys, while the girl took to dolls like it was natural. With boys you have to expect lots of energy and more boisterous behaviour, while with girls it's all sugar.
Janice Francis, mother of three girls, two boys:
With the girls I don't have to explain certain things, like the need for cleanliness, while I have to constantly do that with the boys. The boys are also constantly active, and keep you on your toes, while the girls will be more understanding of the need for peace. Parents of boys have to employ a lot of patience.
Georgette Baker, mother of one boy, one girl:
The boy's motor skills -- running, jumping, balancing -- develop faster than the girl's, so you'll be dealing with a more rambunctious boy child earlier than you will with a girl. By a year and a half with my son I was dead tired, while my daughter didn't start getting into things until she was around three. Boys are also more physically aggressive and impulsive.
Danielle Francis, mother of one boy, three girls:
The boy took longer to show his academic talent. And this was not just with my son, the same has happened with many of the boys in my family. The boys were late talkers and were more limited, while the girls showed smarts earlier, and were better communicators.
Michelle Lee, mother of two girls, two boys:
The girls potty trained earlier than the boys. Much earlier. This was one noticeable difference with my kids. By two my girls were out of diapers while my sons weren't potty trained until four. I've also found that the girls are more empathetic while the boys are hyperactive and boisterous and generally act first and think later.