It was only since my son started playgroup that I really noticed that little girls just seem so much more independent, organised and talkative, than little boys. The old phrase “Girls are talkers, boys are walkers” seems to be so right. Is it though, or does it just seem like that? Research has suggested that boys are more boisterious and therefore more likely to get hurt, but they are able to do pretty much the same as girls and at the same time.
Fast forward the following video to 5 mins 43 secs. Michael McIntyre sums it up so well. It’s so true and so funny. The clip is from Live at the Apollo.
Going to playschool for the first time, I did feel like that. It almost felt like my son was communicating very little – but the little girls were sat in the corner doing the Times crossword (and the cryptic one at that). OK, so every child is different. Some grow up faster than others regardless of whether they are a boy or girl. So many things influence their development. It just seems to be the boys following the girls in developing language, and communicating what they want.
Maybe as a mother, you just notice the differences in children. Some kids are more advanced, and that worries you. Some kids are less able, that makes you feel all superior. But all kids are good at some things and worse at others. I really don’t see that there is right and wrong.
Going to playgroup, preschool and then nursery certainly improved my son’s language skills. He quickly progressed from a few words and many tears, to communicating sentences, role playing and becoming an amazingly funny little boy.
It still leaves me with questions though…
Do you have boy/girl twins?
Do you have boys and girls?
Have you noticed a difference between their rates of development?