Parenting In The Caribbean

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The role of a parent is to ensure the health and safety of a child and to prepare them for life as a productive contributor to a society. This is done through the instilling of norms, values, cultures and religious beliefs that are usually passed down through the socialisation process. Parenting in the Caribbean entails situations, styles and practices which are inherently similar across the region. Also, so are some of the prevalent issues that are faced by parents within the Caribbean. Challenges to Caribbean parents in the twenty-first century are classified into modern technology, family structures, parenting practices and social environment. Modern technology is a type of challenge to Caribbean parents in the twenty-first century. Children…show more content…
Economic situation and time allocation are some of the issues faced within the family structure. Single parents are the sole financial supporter of the family and due to economic climates, they are sometimes unable to ensure the financial stability of the family. Receiving a single-income, would have an effect on the parent-child relationship and may be stressful for both. Children may not understand this and possibly act out in rebellion against not being afforded the same benefits as their peers (Parenting in Jamaica). Whereas, families where both parents are employed, are faced with time allocation issues which affect the child rearing process as these parents seek to find a balance between work and family life. Parents are forced to allocate time for bonding with their children, this is usually done on weekends, vacation time and public holidays when both parents may be at home…show more content…
Gangs and poverty are some issues to the social environment. A fractured home environment is the main reason for children joining gangs. When children are not afforded the nurturing and support that is due, they tend to gravitate towards external sources, mainly gangs. Some of these parents are often employed single mothers or fathers, that may not have the time to properly nurture and socialise their children. Once these children join gangs, parental control diminishes, leaving the children to their own will (Seepersad and Bissessar 224). Poverty has yielded negative effects on the Caribbean family. It has been deemed a destructive element to the family structure, as it is perceived as having inherent traits. Parents that are experiencing the effects of poverty, cannot provide some of the basic needs for their children. This leads to parents feeling stressed and may result in instances of child abuse and

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