The Importance Of Social Development In Unequal Childhoods

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Childhoods are affected by the socio-economic class that created two distinct child-rearing approaches: concerted cultivation and accomplishment of natural growth. In Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, Annette Lareau participated in one of the earliest longitudinal study that analyzes the influence of socio-economic class on childhoods. Compared to the parents’ development of the accomplishment of natural growth, concerted cultivation is a new term that establishes an advantage for the entitled middle-class children than their working class and poor class counterparts in society.
Both working class’ and poor class’ parents naturally utilize the accomplishment of natural growth approach. Most mothers repeatedly mention that one of the key responsibility is to provide physical care for children such as clothing and shelter and teach them the difference between right and wrong despite their circumstances. Several mothers and fathers born in the 1950s and 1960s were raised under this approach. However, these parents do not want to reproduce their childhood experiences, so they tried to overcompensate the advantages that they didn’t have by cultivating the needs and wants of their children. Therefore, concerted cultivation is a byproduct of some parents own upbringing in either working-class or poor class households.
How the children’s ‘leisure time’ is schedule depends on the social classes and their resources. Concerted cultivation parent prioritizes their

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