Hispanic-American Child Rearing Practices

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Introduction Child-rearing is the process of bringing up children and instilling in them the values shared by their family, parents, and culture. Therefore, by examining a culture’s child-rearing practices, one can learn a wealth of knowledge about the that culture as a whole. This paper explores the existing literature on child-rearing among Hispanic-American in five key areas: Family Structure, Traditionalism, Religion, Education, and Discipline.
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Family Structure
How a family is structured will determine how children are, and can be, raised. To understand a culture’s approach to child rearing, one must first understand their approach to families. A large extended family may spread the task of child rearing across many adults
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That is not to say all children from hispanic households are amazing students, but typically what has been shown is that children from a more traditional households academically do better, than students from a nontraditional background (Jeynes, 2003). It is attributed to the values that their families implement into them as they are raised. Hispanic families hold their traditional events, ideas and beliefs to the highest priority for them and their children (Santiago, 2011). With the hispanic culture, their religion is held to that same …show more content…
Thousands of immigrants from all over the world, they come to the United States for a better opportunity for a better live. Many immigrants come to the United States and bring their culture and belief with them, but some of them are considered abuse and they may even end up in prison or jail for exercising those beliefs. Parents can find themselves in legal trouble for disciplining their child. Although, some parents do abuse their children extremely, others just discipline them the way they grew up. “These groups carry a cache of cultural beliefs, standards, and attitudes that are passed from one generation to the next such as diverse views on work, on food, and most importantly, on raising children and parenting styles” (Flutterman, 2003). Hispanic families treat their own children with discipline if they do not obey, and most of them use discipline because of religious beliefs. However “some Hispanic parents are warm, nurturing, egalitarian, and family oriented; others are punitive and authoritarian” (Cardona, 2000). Preschool children from authoritative families will most likely be socially responsible and independent. Authoritative parenting in children's academic success, although most children might not have the opportunity to go to college. As Hispanic children get older and most of