The Boy Girl Of The Family Essay

1096 Words Mar 24th, 2016 5 Pages
You would think that being the baby girl of the family, Ashley would get away with doing just about anything, but in reality, her parents have given her lots more rules than they have given her brother Eric. Before doing anything, unlike Eric, Ashley would have to think about what her parents would think instead of knowing that they’ll look over it. Do Ashley’s parents expect more from her than they do from her brother? Do they give Ashley and Eric each a different set of rules? Are Ashley’s parents more strict on her? Do their parents expect Eric to be more independent? Although Eric would think that he has higher expectations to live up to, his parents have higher expectations for Ashley because they don’t give Eric rules and expect him to be independent.
From Eric’s point of view, pleasing his parents is harder for him than it is for Ashley. Ashley is expected to have common sense along with book sense. Eric is expected to do more of physical work. No one understands “...why mothers are so often told to go against their instincts with their boys, to tell a crying child “man up” or “shake it off”, or to let a hurting teenager suffer in silence and “work it out on his own” (NYT Takes On). Mothers are “taught” to expect their boys to be independent than their girls. A mother’s son might feel as though it’s unfair to him, but he doesn’t understand that he actually has it easy compared to a girl and parents.Boys would feel like they have it harder with their parents because…

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