Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

Mothers, grandmothers, and older children do most of the childcare. Men, though, are often affectionate to small children and seek to convey wisdom, especially to their sons. Grandfathers may also play a role, though delayed marriage means that men typically die while their grandchildren are still being born. As children grow, the division of child rearing labor becomes more distinct. Since fathers strictly avoid their daughters as they approach puberty, any advice they give them is from a respectful distance. Thus mothers take primary charge of disciplining and inculcating the necessary skills in their daughters while, in contrast, men and women may both maintain close relationships with their sons.

Sons care for their aging parents. The first-born son is responsible for his father's care, while a mother's lastborn son is responsible for her. These roles extend to the deathbed. The first-born son must hear his father's last words, while the last-born son hears his mother's. Since daughters often move far away to their husband's homes, they cannot provide much care for their elderly parents, though they are often called to visit them as they near death.

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