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Haitian Family Values Essay

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Family values are ideals that are learned traditionally in a family and are reinforced within the familial unit. Family values can be very diverse between different cultures. Some of these family values are the way children are raised, discipline, gender roles in the family, and the way families choose to live.
Family values are a major part of Haitian culture and they are very important to Haitians. This is my favorite aspect of all of Haitian Culture. For all Haitian families, no matter what class they are a part of, family life is the most important thing. Middle and upper-class Haitian families usually live in urban environments and they practice formal marriages and their family values ...view middle of the document...

Their discipline may even be considered abuse here in America. (Haiti Index) Haitians do not always use physical punishment though. A lot of times they can just give their child “the look” and they will stop what they’re doing. (Jasmine) Children in Haiti are treated equal to other siblings in the family. No child is liked more over another. Children are also expected to take care of their parents and elders in the family when they are unable to take care of themselves. (Haiti Index)
Haitian children would be considered “delayed” in America because things like potty training, feeding themselves, and dressing themselves are expected later than American culture. Despite this, Haitian children are encouraged to rely more on themselves and become independent at an earlier age than American children. For Haitian families, education is highly valued for the children. Haitian children are socialized through family values to know they should be quiet and inferior to their parents. (Family Roles)
Gender roles are a part of family values in Haitian culture. In Haiti, men and women both work. Men are more responsible for the farming and other heavier work like tilling. Women have lighter but just as important tasks like harvesting and weeding. Women also had the responsibility of selling produce. Women’s economic contribution is highly valued by Haiti’s culture. Women and men in Haiti shared the contribution to the farm and everything they earned. Women in Haiti could even become economically independent because of the amount they made in selling produce. They do not have to share the money they make on their own with their husbands. Men can technically say they are the head of the household, but really women are the main backbone of the entire family. (Haitian Family)
Traditionally, Haitian extended families all live together in one household or in different houses on the same property. In Haitian family culture, elders are looked at as experienced and having much more wisdom than anyone else in the house. Haitian families look up to elders to learn from their experience and wisdom. Elders are a regular part of Haitian family lives and they also help take care of the children. It is an honor for a parent if their elders have chosen to live in their house. (Haitian Family)
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