What It Is That Parents in The Caribbean Actually Do to Raise Their Children?

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I was raised by a mother who was strict and yet loving. However there were many times that I thought she could have spare the rod and spoil me and my brothers and sisters. Back then I thought when I become a father I would never spank my child.

But obviously my mother didnt have a parenting manual or study guide, she learned from her experience as a child and the environment that we grew up in. Yes, the Caribbean have its own unique style of parenting and in most cases I think they worked well.

Many single mothers like my mom were able to raise their children to become productive citizens. But I do admit that in some cases lack of parenting skills and support resulted in a few bad “mangoes”.

The video  produced in 2004 shows how the perception parents have of their children (ages 0 — 5 yrs) and the how this influence their behaviour and attitudes towards their children.

A lot has changed since my childhood days. More and more parents in the Caribbean are more accommodating, some even spoiling their children as a way to compensate for what they experienced at the hands of their parents.

Kwame Samuels

Kwame Samuels was born and raised in Negril Jamaica. He currently resides in Toronto Canada where he works fulltime in the field of market research. Kwame is a avid soccer fan and listen to Roots Reggae everyday

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