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Parents and Their Gender Biased Standards

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Aprille Agriam

on 8 June 2016

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Transcript of Parents and Their Gender Biased Standards

Background Information
In an article,
Do Parents Have Different Hopes and Standards for Their Sons Than for Their Daughters?,
Michael Gonchar, a writer for the New York times, claims that parents hold different expectations for their sons and daughters. Based on Google analytics, examined by Seth Stephens Davidowitz, parents' most popular searches were on whether their daughters were too fat or whether their sons were "gifted".
Due to the negative effects it could potentially have on children, parents should not have different hopes and standards for their sons than they do their daughters.
Inferiority
Every parent wants their children to succeed, but by setting different standards for their children, based on their gender, it leads a child to feel inferior to their sibling.
Added Pressure
As children grow older, they begin to notice differences between their siblings and how each of them are treated. Parents then begin to compare one child to the other, which strains children as they attempt to be just as superior.
Loss of Individuality
Because parents have tendencies to push their children in certain directions, based on their gender, children begin to lose sight of their own selves.

11%
of girls are more likely to get into gifted programs, while
9%
of boys are more likely to be overweight.
Parents and Their Gender Biased Standards
Therefore, if a parent wants their child to feel more valued, less stressed, and a person of their own interests, they need to refrain from treating their children differently based on gender.
According to Stephens-Davidowitz's & Google
Analytics
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