Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

Mothers and older sisters or young female servants are the primary caretakers in the Pathan household, and take the major role in all socialization. Men serve as disciplinarians and later as instructors to their sons on matters of propriety and etiquette.

Although mother and daughter are emotionally close, the mother's relationship to her daughter is ambivalent. This is said to be because the girl will abandon the household at marriage, but there also may be an element of jealousy, since girls are often treated with much affection by their fathers.

Boys are very much tied to their mothers, who indulge them far more than they indulge their daughters. The father-son relationship is much more formal and fraught with tension, since the two are eventual rivals over land and authority. The father demands and gains respect and deference from his son, but it is the mother whom the son loves.

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