Adults prefer boys over girls

10 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Trade Having a Daughter for a Son

Mom Jeanine
August 23, 2011


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When I found out I was having a girl, I was thrilled. Ecstatic, actually. I guess I’m pretty girly, so I was beyond happy that I’d have a little mini me to shop for and get mani/pedis with. Given how much fun I have with my daughter, it really shocked me to find out most parents would actually choose to have a son over a daughter.

It’s true. According a recent Gallop poll, 40% of adults would prefer a boy, while only 28% would prefer a girl. (The other respondents had no preference.)

I have to admit, I’m really surprised. I always hear moms with sons complain there are no cute boys’ clothes and how rambunctious and out of control they get as toddlers. I know girls probably become more problematic as teens, but I wouldn’t exactly say having a teenage boy is a cake-walk, so what gives? Why do so many adults prefer boys over girls?

I don’t have a son, so I have no actual grounds for making a comparison. I actually think I’d fall into the category of respondents with no preference, but I feel like I have to make a case for baby girls. So here are just 10 reasons why having a girl is actually really awesome.

1. Pee pee teepees? I’m sorry, what? Baby boys are infamous for surprising their parents during diaper changes with urine to the face. Fortunately if you have a little girl, you never have to invest in pee pee teepees.

2. You’ll spend less on diapers. That’s right, girls tend to potty train earlier than boys, which means you can stop buying diapers and pull-ups earlier. And any mom who has ever spent $40 on a box of diapers knows just how major this is.

3. The clothes are cuter. I’m sorry, I hate to rub it in but even Rachel Zoe admitted it. Have you seen these leopard print girls’ clothes? Adorable.

4. I can walk around naked. Yes, I know I could theoretically walk around in the nude if I had a son, but the truth is I wouldn’t.

5. My daughter is more obsessed with babies than cars or video games. And this is good for me because I know way more about babies than I do about cars or video games.

6. I can shop ’til I drop. Because I simply justify all those major purchases by telling myself I’ll save them for my little girl and then she’ll have “vintage” as a teenager.

7. She listens! And I’m not just making this up. According to real scientific research, girls actually prefer the sound of human voices and become more engaged when someone’s speaking.

8. Pending I don’t mess things up over the next 18 years or so, she’ll have my back when I’m older. Daughters are more likely than sons to take in elderly parents, so as long as I play my cards right I won’t end up in a shady nursing home when I’m senior citizen.

9. She’s more likely to go to college. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but girls make up about 57% of the student body at American colleges and universities. And not only do more girls attend college than boys–more girls than boys actually graduate, too.

10. Full disclosure: this is gross. But one of the funniest part of Bridesmaids was when Rita–mom of 3 boys–said how awful it was living with all men because they, well, masturbated, everywhere. For this alone, I am thanking my lucky stars I got a girl.

What about you? Do you have a preference for boys or girls? Share your opinion in the comments.

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  • Becky
    August 23, 2011

  • This is truly the most superficial and ridiculous post I have ever read. I can’t even bring myself to waste time commenting further.

  • Tiffany
    August 23, 2011

  • Wow. I’m not sure who you are and have never read your work before, but this is so ridiculous. I sure hope you don’t have son someday. Being a mom to a boy is an awesome experience and I’m not sure you are mature enough to appreciate it.

  • Michelle
    August 24, 2011

  • What a sad, disappointing, one-sided article from a very self-centered author. It was a waste of my time to read it.

  • Julie
    August 24, 2011

  • I think this is so stinkin hilarious! I have 2 girls & wouldn’t trade em for boys for NOTHING!!!! If I were to get pregnant again, I could only hope for another adorable girl!! :)

  • Dawn
    August 24, 2011

  • I’m so sick of people wanting boys over girls because they are “less dramatic.” All babies cry and have little tantrums – because they are babies! Love my little drama baby!

  • It Happens...
    August 24, 2011

  • RE: #10 – um, ever caught (6-8yr.) DD in the bathtub with the faucet still running?? Boys don’t have the market on that one….

  • Connie
    August 27, 2011

  • I don’t understand why people got so angry with your article! Is obviously funny and I’m sure you are not a shallow person, just someone with good sense of humor. I have three boys and I wouldn’t change them for nothing in the world, but I have to admit I always wanted a little princess to dress, play with dolls with her and to comb her hair!!! Enjoy your little girl.

  • Juliet
    August 29, 2011

  • I don’t get some of the comments either. This is obviously not to be taken too seriously… I had fun reading it. I have a boy and a girl and I’ve got to agree with some of those points. Girls clothes are waaay cuter­. But I have to say i didn’t buy the pee pee teepee and still, my daughter peed on me (and pooped too) more often than my son… that may be just the universe having a weird sense of humour…

  • kelly
    August 29, 2011

  • I see the humor in this article. I’m sorry that others don’t. I was never more ecstatic when my OB said, “Its a girl!” I love my daughter with all I have, and even if she had been a boy, that wouldn’t change. But I certainly have enjoyed her being better behaved than her male peers, being more loving than some of the male toddlers I know…and well, just being a mama’s girl. I think there is a stigma amongst mothers that shower their sons with too much affection; but no one ever looks at me funny if I hug and kiss my little girl. I’m sorry there exists that stigma, but I don’t have to worry about it. Because my one and only is a beautiful little girl.

  • Fyren
    September 18, 2011

  • Why are every single one of you so stupid? Can you tell me?
    IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A ONE-SIDED ARTICLE, READ THE FREAKING TITLE AGAIN. F*** you people are so stupid. It clearly says these are HER reasons she wouldn’t trade her daughter for a son.
    You’re happy with you’re son over a daughter? GOOD! What makes YOU so different then? Gawd, everything you read isn’t supposed to persuade you into thinking like the author. Quit wasting your time and go live your life.

    And go ahead and call me out on my swearing, I really don’t care. I’m not perfect, neither are any of you and if they only thing you can say to this is how I worded it, mercy help you.

  • Samantha @ Rich Single Momma
    November 10, 2011

  • I have a girl and a boy and I have to say my daughter, the oldest, set the stage for my idea of kids and how they behave.

    She did everything early, was the little princess, and had every man wrapped around her finger. She was so adorable and smart.

    She potty trained early so that definitely saved me some money. Now that she’s a teen she has proven to be a very responsible young lady. She is still very attached and bonded to me, which I love. I don’t know if the next couple of years will be a nightmare like many parents experience but I have a feeling it won’t. So I say yay for girls!

    My son was a different world. He did everything in his own sweet time. He’s very much a boy, but I love that about him. Didn’t have Pee Pee TeePees 11 years ago so I was LOL when I read that. Too funny. Boys are completely different but they are supposed to be that way. I love them though. My son is very affectionate (when he’s in the mood) and loyal. He is also protective of his older sister, even when it comes to me.

  • Lee
    January 21, 2012

  • This is awful, my son only peed on me a few times, my friends daughter did it all the time and my mom says I always did it, so that ones out. I prefer not clothes, princess crap is cliche, bears are adorable. I’m not sayi g girls are. As although I prayed for a boy cause teen girls are evil lol bu I love my little man and he is learning faster than average. I’d love a girl bit I’d love a boy why does it matter. I’m not butch nor am I girly and I’m scared for his 5 to 10 years but he’s healthy. I always get “I bet you wanted a girl” or ” maybe next te you will have a princess” yeah maybe or maybe I’ll have another darling boy, either way I’m happy.

  • LR
    March 27, 2012

  • The truth is women and men prefer boys over girls in America since most families in America are male-headed. And girls get aborted more often than boys in America as well.

  • Danielle S.
    April 13, 2012

  • 1. My son had never peed on me or anyone
    2. Not all girls are potty trained before boys
    3. Girls clothes may be cuter, but who cares? Leopard print is for strippers
    4. Why would you walk naked in front of your child? That creeps me out
    5. Cars And video games are fun
    6. I’d rather put the money in my son’s
    college fund
    7. Baby boys listen just fine
    8. My grandmother lives with my uncle, he was the first person to jump to take her in
    9. That statistic can change over the years
    10. Girls do it too, they just don’t talk about it

    I’ve concluded that this is the stupidest post that I had ever read. No gender is better, it’s the parents preference. I personally would not prefer a girl. All babies are blessings.