Parenting in India

India is a primarily Hindu nation with large minorities of Sikhs and Muslims. They have more than 375 million children in India, which is the highest number of any other country in the world. According to InfoChange, a non-profit organization that focuses on sustainable development and social justice in areas of Southeast Asia, 36% of the population is below the poverty line, and of this 36%, 76% is made up of women and children. Socio-economic conditions such as Hindu beliefs play an important part in the rearing practices of Indian children. Hindus believe that children are capable of learning from a very early age and that they should be guided. Obedience to authority, passivity, and interdependence are highly appreciated behaviors. Childhood is seen as a sensitive period in which children are moldable. Therefore, the environment, especially the parents, is believed to play an important role in the development of the child.

Hindu mothers really enjoy physical contact with their babies. They generally carry them very close to them and nurse them. Many Hindu mothers massage their babies daily with oil or ghee. Another characteristic of the Hindu baby-mother relationship is that they sleep with them during the first years of their lives.

Discipline is generally strict and children are taught to obey their parents. Mothers are the disciplines. Challenging, yelling, yelling, and spanking are considered appropriate and necessary to socialize children. Some mothers believe that beatings should be used as a way to punish severe offenses. A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology showed that corporal punishment is used more in India than in the United States.

Hindu families show preference for boys over girls. A girl is seen as a waste of money in a family. In addition to paying for her living expenses, the girl’s family must pay for her wedding and sometimes her dowry, but once she is married, whatever she earns will go to the house. new family of hers. As a consequence, the child will generally be better fed and his teaching and health care will be better. The deprivation suffered by girls from not receiving adequate breastfeeding, food and health care leads to malnutrition and death.

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