The Job Description for “Mother”

Job Title:   Mother.

General Job Description:  Giving birth and nurturing a child so that it actualizes its full potential as a human being.

Qualifications:  Must be a female who is able to reproduce.  No education or training of any kind is required.

Salary:  None.

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The Decline of the American Male

If we study the average number of males and females in college today, it may be an indicator of what kind of parenting boys are given.  The proportion of males and females in college classes has changed over the years.  In the 1970s the proportion was approximately even.  Fifty percent of college students were male and 50% were female.

However, since then that proportion has gradually changed.  By the 1980s, the proportion was 45% male to 55% female.  By the 1990s the proportion was about 40% male to 60% female.   And by 2020, the proportion had risen to about about 35% male to 65% female–this according to Forbes.  If this trend continues at the same rate, by the year 2050, there will be very few males in college.

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Personality Doesn’t Change

Can a nerdy child grow up to be an aggressive tycoon?  Can a childhood bully develop into a mild-mannered librarian?

Social Scientists have long debated whether our personalities develop mainly in early childhood or continue to change and grow throughout our lives.  Sigmund Freud was the first to state that personality is formed in early childhood and stays basically the same throughout adulthood.  One of his followers, Eric Erikson, believed we continue to develop throughout our lifespan.

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Fatherhood Under Attack

Half the fathers in a new survey report being criticized about their parenting skills. Mostly, the criticism comes from their wives and partners.

Topping the list of areas in which fathers felt criticized was how they dealt with discipline. “Addressing a child’s misbehavior is one of the greatest challenges of parenting, and parents aren’t always on the same page when it comes to expectations and consequences,” said survey co-director Sarah Clark, of the University of Michigan.

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