Parenting in Cuba

In the first years of life, children’s brains form up to 1,000 neural connections every second, connections that are the building blocks of their future. Those connections need good nutrition, protection, and love. It has been shown that a greater participation of the father in the upbringing of his sons and daughters breaks the cycles of violence perpetuated by beliefs and attitudes around masculinity, and that his integral participation from before, during and after birth increases commitment and responsibility. long-term parents.

Cuba has a solid commitment to equality between women and men, articulated through its constitution and laws, and its policies, in all professional and social spheres, at all levels. The country is a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child or the Beijing Declaration, and openly recognizes equality between men and women, including joint responsibility in the care and rearing of children. However, cultural structures and patterns perpetuate inequalities in the enjoyment of rights and spaces for the participation of fathers and mothers.

How to have a respectful upbringing that promotes the psychological well-being of children and adolescents?

Many of the needs and doubts that have been presented show the scarce knowledge about how to carry out a non-violent, democratic upbringing that sees children as subjects of rights, not as an object that we are called to protect and therefore we do not dialogue with they and they.

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