[twitter]Women apologize more than men. Studies have proved it. Commercial campaigns have been built around it. “Women apologize all the time,” we’re told. If anything, women need to stop saying “I’m sorry” so often.
Except they don’t.
While women may apologize all the time at work, in life, to friends, or to their kids, there is one area where women don’t back down: parenthood. I don’t have studies to prove this; I just have experience. I’m sorry if you don’t agree (there I go, apologizing first again), but this is the perception dads around the world have: mothers never apologize.
To maintain power in a parenting relationship, women will not back down in times of conflict. Men are often forced to pick and choose their battles and live by the saying, “Happy wife, happy life.” Women flex their influence in the relationship as a negotiating tactic that forces their husbands to back down and apologize, which keeps wives on the higher ground.
Cartoon via Doghouse Diaries