Parenting Styles in Mizo Society: A Study of Ramthar Community

Parenting Styles in Mizo Society: A Study of Ramthar Community

ABSTRACT

Parenting is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. It refers to the activity of raising a child. Parenting has never been an easy assignment and good parenting is often responsible for rearing children to become responsible adults. Parenting requires time, patience, love, work and coping with several challenges that children face, however, many parents are ineffective in up-bringing their children (Lalhmingmawii, 2011). Parenting style developed by Diana Baumrind highlights that three parenting styles could be identified viz., authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. However, clear identification of parenting style in a tribal society is still very rare especially in north east India. The study highlights that the parenting style of the Mizo as observed in the present study is more of an authoritative parenting style which is with a combination of authoritarian parenting style. As modernization pursues the Mizo culture and lifestylehave changed and the lack of awareness and knowledge of the importance of parenting style on the psychology and behavioral development of children led the parents in Mizo society to be illiterate in parenting style. So, there is a need for a more indepth study to cover all the sections of Mizo society to conceptualize the parenting style of the tribal.

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