I'm a big fan of babycenter.com as I use it to check whether my boy's progress tally with the common development milestone of boy's his age. This time, I got attracted by this article; Raising Boys and Girls : Differences in Physical Development.
It is said that boys' gross motor skills (running, jumping, balancing) tend to develop slightly faster, while girls' fine motor skills (holding a pencil, writing) improve first. Often girls show an interest in art (painting, coloring, crafts) before boys for this reason. OH BUT MY BOY IS SOOOO INTO WRITING, COLORING AND CRAFTS TOO, aside from running, jumping etc. Abeh satu rumah penuh art and craft dia. Tsk tsk tsk.
Boys are also more physically aggressive and impulsive, as revealed by studies of their brains. The pleasure center of the brain actually lights up more for boys when they take risks. That's not to say that girls aren't active and risk-taking, only that on average boys are more so. Oh yes, the little guy is just too aggressive, it's like AGGRESSIVE is his middle name! But he's not a risk-taker that's for sure. It'll take him forever to try something new that he's unsure of.
More boys than girls are late talkers, and boys use more limited vocabularies. Girls are better at reading nonverbal signs, like tone of voice and expression, which also makes them better communicators early on, as they can connect feelings and words faster. Well, what can I say. That's why we love to nag! Because we've had good practice earlier in life compared to them boys! Hahaha!
So mommies with a pair of kids out there, what say you about these facts? Is there evident differences in the development milestones between your boy and girl?