The issue of culturally diverse parenting has taken on increasing importance in Australia. While many studies have been conducted to explore parenting experiences of ethnic minority communities, how ethnic minority communities perceive parenting in mainstream families remains relatively underexplored, with researchers readily attributing the term ‘culturally diverse parenting’ to ‘cultural minority parenting’. In order to get more diverse perspectives, it is time to reconceptualise culturally diverse parenting that includes the mainstream cultural group. This paper reports on the perspectives of ethnic minority communities on parenting of preschool children in Anglo-Australian families and on the differences of parenting between their own communities and the Anglo-Australian families. Central tenets of parenting and parenting differences as perceived by the participants are indicated by five aspects: children’s life routines, play, education, independence and parenting authority. The study provokes an awareness of the complex conceptualization of culturally diverse parenting, suggesting new understandings not only of parenting as a cultural and contextual product but as a learning and reflective experience on the part of parents.
SOURCE: Guo, Karen. “Differences of Parenting between Anglo-Australian Family and Ethnic Minority Communities.” Journal of Cultural Diversity, 2019.
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