Hi Meltingpot Readers,
In all my years thinking and writing about the clashes that can occur in interracial/multicultural relationships, the debate over spanking was never one of them. But recently author and child advocate, Dr. Stacey Patton wrote on her blog about a letter she received from a White father who needed advice because his Black wife’s family used spanking as a form of discipline and he refused. And now race was becoming part of the fight. It made me think. Check out the situation for yourself and see how Patton advised the father.
I’m curious, what other clashing parenting traditions do you think come up in inter-cultural relationships? I know el esposo and I are always fighting over whether sleep-away camp is a rite of passage or a form of child abuse. What about you guys? What are your parenting culture clashes about? Feel like sharing?
You know I’m listening.