Parenting in Italy

Raising a child has geographic variations. In 2009, a study by an international group of academics looked at the traits that parents in different countries wanted their children to have. Italians preferred their children to be equanimous, balanced and «friendly», this also occurs in the little technology that is instilled in them from a young age, they tend to be more independent of technology than in other countries. In some houses where parents have excess children end up spending a lot of time exposed to television and cell phones. And these digital spaces also require supervision. The key to parenting in Italy is knowing to what extent to supervise our children, and knowing what they have to be attentive to .

Mothers and fathers in Italy in general are very apprehensive, they are super attentive to children and everything that has to do with their formation, at least in the first years of life. Besides being very structured, they respect tradition almost obsessively. Italian, by nature, is very picky, demanding and controversial, so everything is always much more complicated than it should be and if it is not, there is always a way to complicate it and this is also transmitted in the education of children. kids. Children go to school in part-time shifts (up to noon) or full-time (8 hours), in the latter case they eat lunch in the same structure and in this way, they facilitate family life, since in general companies have 8-hour shifts and so it is possible to organize, or at least it should be. When children do the full shift, they usually do not bring homework, they do it directly at school. Many parents prefer that their children not consume anything at school or outside the home, they are extremely distrustful and after all, nothing will be the same as what is prepared at home or as the mother does.

Good manners and courtesy, in general, are something that is very much emphasized with children, at least when they are away from home or in public environments and it is normal to listen to sermons on the subject at all times. Classes in schools are mixed, including both sexes, foreigners and people with special abilities, who generally have a teacher to support them. This is very positive in most cases, as children learn to live with diversity. Children of foreigners, even born in Italy, always have the citizenship of their parents and although for several years the law of Ius Soli has been discussed and discussed, for the recognition of Italian citizenship to those who have been born, grown up and studied In Italy, at the moment it has never been approved and there is a lot of rivalry on this issue, so we will have to wait a long time. However, children who have spent their lives in Italy, upon reaching the age of 18, can apply for Italian citizenship by adoption.

In the towns, of course, education and customs are different than in cities, which helps or in some cases makes it difficult for foreigners to integrate into the rest of the community. However, a good command of the Italian language and respect for local customs and traditions is always a plus for the better acceptance of those who arrive from abroad.

Italian families in general have few children, only children are the majority and in many cases they spend many hours of the day in the company of their grandparents or other relatives, who take care of them, during the hours when the parents are there. working. This has a great impact on the education and behavior of children and in some cases creates many problems to relate to foreign children, who come from large families or very different customs. Italian parents in general, try to ensure that their children do not lack anything, at least materially and as I said, they are mostly only children, so they are often flawed and used to the fact that there is always someone older who responds for them in any situation.

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