BBC News reports there may be some truth to the common thought that mothers have a tendency to be harder on their daughters than their sons.
Netmums, a UK parenting website, found 21% of the 2,672 mothers surveyed admitted to being critical of their daughters -- as opposed to only 11.5% of moms admitting they were critical of their sons.
Even more staggering? A whopping 55% of these moms said they formed "a stronger bond" with their boys (with 48% saying their sons were "mummy's boys") and 22% of these moms admitted they let their sons get away with more than their daughters -- yet half (51%) said it's wrong to show preferential treatment to children of either sex.
"This could be why women are far more self-critical than men, who have a more happy-go-lucky attitude when it comes to making mistakes and moving past them," says Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of Netmums.
Hmmm ... she's got a point there. But these findings beg an even more important question -- why are mothers more critical of their daughters? Is it the age-old myth that all mothers see their daughters as competition? Do mothers just expect more from their daughters? Or are moms harder on their daughters to be more protective of them?
What do you guys think?