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Parents know there's a difference in raising boys and girls, but there's also a difference in what skills they'll learn first.

According to experts with Parent Center, they say boys' gross motor skills, such as running, jumping and balancing, tend to develop slightly faster.

Girls' fine motor skills, like holding a pencil and writing, improve first. Often girls show an interest in art with painting, coloring and crafts before boys for that reason.

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.

More boys than girls are late talkers, and boys use more limited vocabularies.

Girls are better at reading nonverbal signs, such as tone of voice and expression. That also makes them better communicators early on as they can connect feelings and words faster.

Girls are potty-trained earlier than boys on average, though it's unclear whether this is due to physical differences or differences in socialization.

Mom usually does the training and may be easier for a girl to identify with. Fewer girls wet the bed, too.

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