A family's 'culture' type trumps its parenting style

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  • Soul Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    In my case, most of the times, I wake up as an AMERICAN DREAMER, and quickly morphed into an ENGAGED PROGRESSIVE before lunch break, becoming totally DETACHED by 5:00 PM, and at night pray in FAITH for Heavenly intervention just so I can see my kids grow up to be loving human beings.

    And everyday, I strive and hope for the best: for myself, my wife, my kids, neighbors, and everyone else in my life.

    That's the culture at my house.

  • TheWalker Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 10:17 p.m.

    $850,000 to determine that children share their parents' values? Seems kind of a waste if you ask me. I could have told you that for free.

    We spend time and money on the things that are important to us. That includes our children. Parents who place a high value on raising their children spend time doing so. Naturally they will teach them the principles which they themselves believe to be true.

    However, having worked with troubled teens for several years, I can speak from experience when I say that not all children follow the advice of their parents.

  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    "Here, she pauses, because it's hard to summarize easily all the little differences and choices that go into how two people choose to rear their children."

    take the study from the U. of Virginia to both the U. Of U. and BYU and you will have a totally different and more complex set of categories. I can see no reason for this narrow grouping. It makes no difference when it comes to rearing a family because there are hundreds of situations that come together to make a family what it is. We reared eleven children, all of them are successful in parenting but different in economic ways. Spiritually they are very similar because of their LDS upbringing.

    This study looks like something that came out of Socialology 101 at a California State College.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 4, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    Interesting way of looking at families and people. I don't fit into one category totally but probably as

    Engaged Progressives
    Ameriacn Dreamers

    In that order

    Even though I see Faithful as a naive compared to Engaged Progressive, and also overly dogmatic, I have some of this in me.

  • Utexmom Flower Mound, TX
    Dec. 4, 2012 6:51 a.m.

    I cannot find myself anywhere in these categories. I would venture to say that many other people do not totally fit into them either. They seem to come from a very narrow viewpoint.

  • germanygator Apo, AE
    Nov. 30, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    The split between the Faithful and American Dreamers is likely due to the scientists personal bias. To them, the Faithful are right-wing extremists while the American Dreamers are those people seeking gifts and a path to citizenship. What the scientists miss is that America, and the American Dream, was built on faith.

  • QuickRick Brigham City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    So what was the difference between the Faithful and the American Dreamers? Why do social scientists feel such a need to divide people into categories?