Why Do Ashley's Parents Expect To Be More Independent?
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 “In short, girls tend to get more of their parents’ affection, attention and protection while boys tend to be taught to not need some and to “man up”” (NYT Takes On). Parents may give more attention or affection to their daughters because they think that their sons can handle things on their own (which would be why boys think they have it harder). Parents expect their sons to be independent and their daughters to follow all rules and do exactly as she is