Parenting across cultures is an issue eliciting a lot of debate globally in the wake of alleviating immigration and the globalization factor. Almost every culture has a characteristic way or methodology of developing parent-child relationships. Immigrant parents face a predicament in trying to accustom to new diverse systems of raising children in their host communities. The child is a product of her surrounding environment, and thus, it remains critical to comprehend the magnitude of discrepancies and shared cultural norms and practices that determine parent-child relationships. The paper, therefore, compares and contrasts two different cultures in these terms- Immigrant Latino culture and the America culture.
Independence is a primary distinguishing characteristic of the two cultures. The American culture believes in maturing a relationship of freedom whereby the parents inspire or motivate the child to find their way in the world.For example, an American parent is more concerned about the child’s cognitive development and respects the opinion of the child. In contrast, the Latino immigrant is more concerned about the social development of the child.The viewof the child to the Latino parent is a non-issue with the parent the sole dictator of the terms of the relationship.
The masculine and collective nature of the Latino culture is also a point of discrepancy. The immigrant Latino parent believes in order with the nuclear setting bureaucratic in nature. The child, therefore, serves at the end of the food chain. According to the culture, the child belongs to the community and in addition to the parent-child relationship, there exists a community-childrelationship. The American maintains an individualistic nature. The parent remains protective of the child a notion promoted by the social vices existing in theAmerican Society.
However, in modern-day more universal practices have developed as change can be assumed to be a constant factor in all aspects of life. Some of the shared attributes regard parental roles to ensure the well-being of the child. In both cultures, the parent remains responsible for providing the basic amenities to the child. The two cultures value the fact that the child is vulnerable and for this, advocate for stronger parent-child relationships and protection. Respect is also crucial in the two societies
The maternal instinct seems more natural and common practice in the human species. The basic and compelling notion to raise and protect one’s child is a shared phenomenon and characteristic of mothers and fathers across cultures in the world. However, there exists a difference in the “how” of maturing the children to adulthood and regarded relationships. The paper shows such discrepancies between the American and Latino cultures in parent-child relationships.