Tabitha Floyd Parenting styles in the United States ANT 101 Introduction to

Tabitha Floyd Parenting styles in the United States ANT 101 Introduction to

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Tabitha Floyd Parenting styles in the United States ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Instructor: Arion Melidonis April 26, 2010
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Parenting styles in the United States Parents are seen differently through out the world. Parenting styles are as different as each culture the parent comes from. One of the biggest effects on parenting is where a parent comes from and the things they believe in. Parents can have a long term affect on there own child’s life. I do not think parents really see how much of a role they play in the type of person there child will become. (Wikipedia,2010) In the United States we have many cultures living in one area. Which means a child may have parents from two different cultures. In these cases a family then has mixed style that create there own families culture. These styles can be passed on through generations by watching the way the parents interact with the child. Some families in this culture have a mom and a dad. Some have just one parent and others have extended family members’ caring for them. In the United States there could be a verity of different family types but they are all seen as family any way you look at it. Even though families are different so are the parenting styles. The Authoritarian parents are obedience- and status-oriented, and expect their orders to be obeyed without explanation. An authoritarian parent has a restrictive punitive style in which the parent exhorts the child to follow their directions and to respect work and effort. The authoritarian parent places firm limits and controls on the child and allows little verbal exchange. Authoritarian parents are most likely to hit a child as a form of punishment instead of grounding a child. These Parents’ behaviors are at a high level of structure and clearly stated rules, and often use punishment as a deterrent to disobedience. They are also characterized by the high level of psychological control
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they exert over their children. These parents don't explain why they want their children to do things. If a child questions a rule or command, the parent might answer, "Because I said so." These parents tend to focus on bad behavior, rather than positive behavior, and children are scolded or punished, often harshly, for not following the rules (Alarcon, 1997 ). For example, my father was an authoritarian parent in the beginning. My brother and I both feared him but as we got older and the more time he spent with us. He started changing. He didn’t want us to fear him. He then started explaining why we shouldn’t do curtain things. My brother says it was because I was born. My dad couldn’t stand to see me cry. I brought out that softer side of him. Children of authoritarian parents tend to do moderately well in school and do not
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Tabitha Floyd Parenting styles in the United States ANT 101 Introduction to

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