Dad showed me how to cut grass, take care of auto maintenance, the names and uses of hand tools, how to grow vegetables, throw and catch a baseball, and make minor repairs at home. Education and organized sports taught the mechanical drawing, typing, wood shop, how to play baseball, and basketball.
I don't think it's society, but parents who have forgotten or were never taught how to have fun teaching skills to their sons, and oh my, I get murdered for this, and their daughters. I tried to teach my daughter many of these "manly" things. She didn't have to be ripped with muscles and callouses, but I wanted her to know the basics. I don't want her getting ripped off because her femininity makes her seem naïve and uneducated.
Sorry guys. That's how I see it. Most girls won't want to dig a ditch or change an engine anyway, but if she needs someone to do it, she will be less likely to be ripped off. If she really has to do it, at least she will have an idea of how to get started.
I also very much agree with @Coffee4me2
. Each child will show you their interests. Go with them, but don't focus all their education on just those things. They all need to have well-rounded educations.
They have to know, as another member posted, that their bodies will take a beating and they will have aches and pains. Some folks love what they do so they don't care about those things as much. Pain is pushed aside like fighters do in the ring and exercise will lessen it. Don't stop them from pursuing what they love.
Most parents just want their kids happy and healthy. That doesn't always mean being wealthy.