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Culturally Specific Parenting Perspectives



While many facets of parenting are seemingly universal—wanting to help a baby grow up into a healthy, happy adult—we have developed myriad ways to approach each aspect of ensuring a child’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, from how a baby should be held to how to instill a sense of responsibility in a teenager. These different approaches are frequently products of differing cultural attitudes about what “right behavior” looks like—or even what a healthy, happy adult looks like! Thoughtfully and compassionately exploring these differing ways of thinking about parenting can shed light on both the problematic and wise aspects of how we approach raising the children in our care.

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What Would You Do: Latino Parents Disagree with Son Coming Out | WWYD

A son is coming out to his very traditional Latino father over lunch. The father makes it clear he will not accept his son’s sexual orientation.

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Do Right by Me: Learning to Raise Black Children in White Spaces

For decades, Katie D’Angelo and Valerie Harrison engaged in conversations about race and racism. However, when Katie and her husband, who are white, adopted Gabriel, a biracial child, Katie’s conversations with Val, who is black, were no longer theoretical and academic.

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11 Parenting Styles from Around the World

Parents from various parts of the globe have different ideas about how to raise the next generation. Here are some of the differences in parenting styles from around the world.

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Different Ways of Raising Your Children | Parenting Around the World | Real Families

How you raise your children is completely up to you, and how you discipline them can be different all around the world. Should smacking be illegal or does it depend on the child’s behaviour? What do you think? How involved are your family with raising your children?

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How to Raise a Jewish Child: A Practical Handbook for Family Life

This updated edition of the classic parenting book combines insights from Jewish tradition with contemporary thinking about how children learn and grow.

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Families with Diverse Cultural Backgrounds: Videos

In these videos, migrant parents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds share their experiences of parenting and raising children in Australia.

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Adoption: A Love that Knows No Borders | Michelle Madrid-Branch | TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool

As an adoptee, Michelle Madrid-Branch describes her journey to becoming a parent with two adopted children of her own.

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Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent

A thought-provoking combination of practical parenting information and scientific analysis, Our Babies, Ourselves is the first book to explore why we raise our children the way we do—and to suggest that we reconsider our culture’s traditional views on parenting.

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How Cultures Around the World Think About Parenting

What can American parents learn from how other cultures look at parenting? A look at child-rearing ideas in Japan, Norway, Spain—and beyond

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Parenting Across Cultures

Chat with Dr. Natasha Kendal about parenting across cultures. Determining parenting styles and issues upfront and presenting a united front to children of intercultural marriages and children growing up in a different culture.

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