Middle Class Parent Involvement : A Great Impact On A Child 's Life

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Middle Class Parent Involvement
This is section will prove that parent involvement has a great impact on a child’s life, including the child’s education. Middle class parents are considered “concerted cultivation” (Lareau, 2002) when it comes to childrearing. For children living in middle class the organization of the child 's daily life consisted of organized activities. Activities that fosters the child’s ability to learn and grow and to encourage and accommodate the child’s interest such as music, church, athletics, and academics. Parents would spend any amount of money and give up majority of their “free” time to have their child participate in any activities. It seemed as if the activities are what shaped all of the family member’s daily lives. In one conversation, Lareau (2002) had with a child, the child stated that if there was nothing going on (activities) then he felt bored. For instances when a child was bored, the parents encourage the child to read for entertainment, rather than watch TV. Children in middle class do have opportunities to watch TV but it is controlled (when, what, and how much) by their parents.
Parents of middle class children also stressed language use. They would have conversations with their children. The conversations would be discussions between the parent and the child. The parents would ask deeper questions about the topic the child was talking about, to help the child think more about what they were saying in turn developing their…

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