Do fathers teach their boys to be men and do mothers teach their daughters to be women anymore.
My wife and I were talking about this as we were getting the nursery ready for boy #3 arriving next month. I roughhouse with the boys, we play with cars, trucks, army men, and I take them to sporting events like hockey and soccer games. I have also been teaching the oldest how to shoot for when he is old enough to go deer hunting. But I am also making sure that they learn to respect women, mostly by example. I always open the door for my wife, buy her flowers, and help out when-ever and where-ever I can. It is funny because my oldest has started opening he door for her too. He is only 4 but I think he is starting to understand.
However, last week while we were at the local children's museum, I was appalled at the amount of disrespect that boy's were showing their mothers.
On the flip side I have also seen how some mothers will actually discourage traditional gender specifics by telling their daughters that it is wrong for a guy to always open the door for a women.
What are your thoughts. Are boys being taught to be proper men and are girls being taught to be elegant women? Or is that too old fashioned?