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Child Rearing Practices in Different Cultures

Updated April 17, 2017

There are enormous challenges that come with parenting. No matter where in the world they may live, each family has its own methods and traditions when it comes to raising a child

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Samoan Child Rearing Practices

In the Samoan culture every child has several parents who educate and discipline him. An older sibling assists in looking after the younger children. Male children spend time with uncles or older brothers. The household structure is such that there are a number of adults who may both discipline and reward the child.

Child Rearing Practices in China

Discipline practices in China are based on ancient ethics and the belief that infants arrive from the gods with an inherently good nature that must be respected. This belief requires the elders to teach, train and discipline their children. Stricter methods and training are implemented when the children reach the "age of understanding" at around 5 or 6.

Child Rearing Practices in Japan

In Japan children under 7 are traditionally regarded as ''belonging to the gods.'' To keep the gods happy, children are treated with leniency so that they don't return to the gods. Japanese children are encouraged to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of others and to conform to social expectations.

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