Cultural Differences in Parenting
What makes a “good” parent? How do we measure the success of a parent? Does a successful parent raise a child who is happy or one who makes a lot of money, or both? In this class, we’ll be exploring these kinds of questions by thinking about cultural differences in parenting goals and parenting styles. We’ll read recent books such as Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom and Bringing Up Bebe as well as essays on fathering from a cultural perspective. We’ll also discuss issues of cultural differences more generally to think about whether American parents can successfully adopt “successful” practices from other cultures.
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