How to raise children in Japan

Tue, Apr 29, 2014

As elsewhere, the Japanese traditional family is the mother, father, and
children. A man is considered the head of the family, earner, and all household
must obey him. And the woman is the keeper of the hearth. However in
Recently, a great influence on Japanese traditions has
Western culture, and Japanese women are increasingly trying to combine
their family responsibilities with work. However, their main occupation
as before, the house and the upbringing of children remain, and the man is absorbed
the company in which he works.

The development and upbringing of the child is engaged, basically, only
Mama. Father takes part very rarely in parenting. At birth
the child the midwife cuts a piece of the umbilical cord, and, having dried it,
puts in a small wooden box. On this box
in gilded letters they write the date of birth of the baby and the name of the mother.
It is a symbol of the connection of mother and child.

A child is prohibited up to a certain age, but simply
explain that his actions are dangerous for him or for
surrounding But if the child is badly burned or hurt, the mother
feels guilty and asks the child for forgiveness for not having
was able to save. When the baby is just starting to take the first steps,
Do not leave unattended. Moms follow their baby
literally on the heels. Sometimes mothers arrange various children’s
games themselves become their active participants.

Dads go for walks only on weekends when the whole family
leaves on nature or in the park. In bad weather venue
family vacations are big malls in which there are
game rooms.

Girls and boys are raised differently, as they have to
perform different social roles. In the boy they see the support of the family. BUT
girls are taught housework: cooking, sewing,
wash. Differences in education exist in the school. The boys after
lessons will certainly go to different circles, where they continue their
education, and the girls sit in a cafe and chat about various

A woman never tries to assert her power over children
as this leads to the alienation of children. Mother does not argue with desire
and by the will of the child, but indirectly shows her dissatisfaction: she gives
understand that it is very sad for his bad behavior. In case of conflicts
Japanese mothers do not try to distance themselves from children, but, on the contrary,
try to establish a closer emotional contact with them.
Children love and adore their mothers so much that they feel
remorse and guilt if they cause trouble.

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