Fathers Matter

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Culture, education level, and socioeconomic status affect the way parents approach raising their children. Based on current research as indicated in “why fathers really matter”, genes also play a significant role in how children turnout.  In proximal parenting, the care giving is a closer physical connection to the infant.  In distal parenting the care giving provides minimal physical contact.  These two styles each have their own advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion, a fusion of both styles is necessary for the healthy development of a child Culture is defined as the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group and it plays a crucial role in how parents raise their children.  The modern western culture promotes individuality, and as a result, parents have a propensity to have a more distal style of parenting than a proximal one.  It is my opinion that promoting individuality from a young age is somewhat necessary especially when we are living in a society where both parents have full time careers.  In the United States, infants are more likely to be dropped off at daycare centers instead of staying at home with their mothers.  According to “The developing person through the life span”, research indicates that only 20% of infants are cared for exclusively by their mothers in the first year in the United States, whereas the rate of mothers providing care for their infant is higher in other nations such as France, Israel, and China. When comparing the different parenting styles, it is easy to determine that these practices have a significant impact on the psychosocial development of children.  Parents with more obedient children tend to have a more proximal style.  However, the unfortunate downside that research illustrates, points to the possibility that these infants may have a higher chance of suffering from separation anxiety and are generally less self-aware. In a distal style of parenting, children tend to be more...
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