Culture and Child Rearing Essay

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Culture and Child Rearing Practices The purpose of this paper is to express the different ways culture affects child-rearing practices. Culture and child rearing are both essential in child development. Culture and ethnicity can have a deciding effect on the child-rearing techniques that families implement throughout the world. Differences such as methods of discipline, expectations regarding acceptance of responsibilities and transmission of religious instruction will vary among families. The paper includes interviews from three families from different backgrounds about child-rearing practices. Culture is the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group(Robbins,1997). Child rearing…show more content…
The children are to get ready for bed at 7:30pm on weeknights. The children ride the evening bus to their grandparent’s home because the parents are at work when school is dismissed. The mother and father expect the children to respect one another at all times and to be on their best behaviors at all times with not exceptions to this rule. The male children are to always have a belt on with shirts tucked in weather in school or at home. The children are expected to complete all homework and chores before any playtime. Playtime normally consist of the children outside playing with the children next door. In their home, the six and ten year old was required to perform chores after school but before dinner. The children received punishment if the chores were not completed in a specific period. Punishment usually included video games being taken away, no television, and no sleepovers with friends. The second family consisted of an African American mother and father whose religion was Muslim. They have two children which are two boys age four and seven. The man is considered the head of the family; to many a man, however, this is a poisoned chalice because with leadership comes responsibility. Economic responsibility for maintaining the family falls squarely on the shoulders of the man, irrespective of whether his wife is earning money. It is expected that Muslim children treat their parents with kindness and respect their
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