Culture and parenting strategies

Children's behaviors are guided by culture. Good behavior in one culture may be considered bad behavior in another culture.Ways of parenting and disciplining children vary in different cultures.What is good parenting in one culture may be poor parenting in another culture. In the United States, for example, many families value independence and a strong will.These characteristics are seen in children who help make decisions and express their feelings to others. In many Eastern countries, children are expected to be obedient and to respect authority figures.The parenting styles in each culture will focus on raising children to meet cultural standards.

Parenting styles and children's typical responses -high control-

-low control-

Parenting styles and children's typical responses -high control-

-low control-

Parenting style

Child's response

Parenting style

Child's response

Very responsive to the child's needs

Responds to others in a positive, social way

Very responsive to the child's needs

Often unmotivated; lacks self-discipline and direction re 5

Very responsive to the child's needs

Rational in rule setting, but expects child to follow rules

Respects child's point of view

Guides child's independence

Responds to others in a positive, social way

Independent thinker

Uses reason to solve complicated problems

Respectful of authority

Interactions with others are positive, healthy

Very responsive to the child's needs

Has little control over child's behaviors

Allows child to set rules

Does not demand that rules set by adult be followed

Often unmotivated; lacks self-discipline and direction

Has difficulty making thoughtful decisions

Sees authority figures as equal to themselves re 5

Very demanding of child

Not responsive to child's needs

Expects obedience from the child, using forceful measures to accomplish goals

Child not allowed to help make decisions or express point of view

Aggressive and hostile towards others

Makes rash decisions

Responds poorly to others' feelings

Constant need to be in control

Not responsive to child's needs Lacks direction and motivation

Fails to set rules or limits on Unable to make clear decisions child's behaviors

Responds poorly to authority Does not communicate desires figures or expectations to the child

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