Women in the Family Roles
As Anthony Brandt said, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” .(Brandt) Family is very important to each of us on the earth.However, it does not mean we all love our family and we are happy with it, as some people could not find love at home.
Therefore, they do not know how to love other people. Hence, family is the first place where people learn how to love others, and it can cause great impact on people’s lives. Since men and women have different kinds of personality, they take on different family roles.
In my opinion, women’s role in family is more important than men’s because women put more efforts to their family, women’s way of loving their children is more easily understood by the children, hence, mothers play a more important role in raising a healthy child. First of all, most working mothers put more emphasis on their family than their career. Since around the 1970s, more women entered the workforce. Nevertheless, mothers are usually the ones taking care of the home and the children while fathers being the main breadwinner in the family.
For example, If the children are sick, most of the mother will stay home to take care for the sick children rather than go to work. So, it is more likely for family matters to affect women’s work schedules than men’s. Most women think of their husbands and their children while they are at work or are busy working on other tasks. Even if mothers have their own career , family is still their priority. Secondly, It is easier for children to sense love from their mothers than their fathers.
There are many single-parent families nowadays. The children are often depressed when their parents separate. In single-parent families, children who live with their mothers generally feel happier than those who live with their fathers. This is because women are more sensitive to other people’s feelings, and thus they can better take care of their children’s emotions. Moreover, a mother has to carry her offspring within her body for approximately ten months and to go through the painful experience of delivering a baby.
Women love their children more than anything else because of these experiences. In contrast, fathers usually love their children by putting more efforts on their jobs to provide for their children a better material life. Finally, mothers have more influence on children’s development than fathers do. “Mothers are more likely than fathers to encourage the development of assimilative and communion-enhancing characters in their children. (Austin and Braeger, 181) Also, “mothers are more likely than fathers to acknowledge their children’s contributions in conversation. ” (Leaper, Anderson, Sanders, 34) As a result, the way mothers interact with their children has more positive impact on children’s social and emotional development. Through the way mothers love their children, the children know how to love people. To sum up, women have a very important role in the family. Women care about family than anything else while men’s priority is often their career.
Also, mothers’ love is more easily felt by the children. In addition, mothers’ contribution to children’s development is usually greater than fathers’. As an old Mexican quote says, “The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman” . Mother is often the only person who makes children feel home although children need both parents to ensure a healthy development. A family without a mother may not be as happy and may no longer be a “family” to a child. Therefore, women have a more important family role than men do.
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