Gender is one of the most clearly evident features of human beings. For this reason, common knowledge often tends to create gender-related stereotypes. One of these is the claim that women make better parents than men just because of their natural, i.e. animal, instincts. However, in my life experience I have been observing parents and their offspring behave in a diverse range of manners, especially from an educational point of view. What I can assess is that male and female parents are shaped by the above cliché only when the surrounding culture traps them into such a sectorial “division of parenthood”: Father is supposed to work long hours, and mother is supposed to do laundry and cook dinner. In spite of that, I have often witnessed these stereotypical roles switch or blend, as both parents showed their own strong personality. This, like any deviation from a cultural mainstream, reflects on the kids and makes a decisive impact in their understanding of the world as they grow up.
Every year, lots of books are published concerning parenting skills and the ways one can be a better parent. Although parents' knowledge of raising children has increased, some still believe that women make better parents than men. On the opposite side; however, there are those who strongly argue that men and women have an equal role in raising their children. This essay outlines the argument between these two opinions.
Women make better parents than men / myLot
Some time ago, I was asked for my opinion to the following question; Do women make better parents than men? You won't be surprised to hear that as a stay at home father, I have a thing or two to say about this suggestion.