Friday, October 07, 2011

Girls vs. Boys: Who Will Make My Life More Miserable?

A recent post in the Mommy Files blog discusses how boys are basically a lost cause. You may try to raise them right, but they'll drop out of school, get fired from their jobs, have out-of-wedlock births and play video games all day.

I don't doubt that boys may be trouble later in life, but I currently am dealing with children at an earlier stage — and focused purely on their impact on me.

The fact is, when it comes to babies, boys can be less demanding.

Take the issue of diaper changing. 

Girls are much more likely to have diaper leaks. When they pee, it goes everywhere. Boys, on the other hand, are anatomically predisposed to point toward the diaper pad. That limits the amount of leakage. (Never let it be said that I don't tackle the important issues here at BuboBlog.)

Worse, girls seem to complain when they have even a small amount of pee in their diapers. As I've stated before, boys could have a rodent infestation in their diapers without noticing (in fairness, I'm dealing with a sample size of one, so I probably shouldn't generalize).

The main point is, if you do a half-assed job changing a girls' diaper, THEY CAN TELL. They notice. If this isn't some broader message about dealing with women, I don't know what is.

So when it comes to years 0-1, I have to give the advantage to the boys — in terms of easines.

Stay tuned as I address 2-17.

UPDATE: Kelly makes a good point about spraying the walls. And the fact that they have to sell this product indicates that baby boys aren't actually that easy.

I guess I have to call it a draw for the 0-1 age.