Those differences are good for children because reaching them often takes different approaches. Certain things (values, respect) are best taught by parents. Other very important traits that parents can coach into their children are reading, curiosity, a desire to investigate, and a thirst for learning.
I sometimes have the pleasure and privilege of writing articles for other websites. Followings one I wrote for the Changing Behavior Network. Its a simple, but very important message for parents to understand regarding learning and education.
Click and read: How to Instill a Thirst for Learning in Your Children