The Importance Of Working-Class Family

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Never see your parents? Always feel like you have nothing to do in your days? You may be apart of the accomplishment of natural growth. According to Annette Lareau (p. 154), working-class families use the accomplishment of natural growth where they tend to raise their children with more concern about their safety and don’t take into account their thoughts. “… They tell their children what to do rather than persuading them with reasoning.” In contrast, you may be the person that parent(s) raised them using the concerted cultivation technique. “Organized activities, established and controlled by mothers and fathers, dominate the lives of middle-class children…” (Lareau p. 153). You always have something to do and your life is pretty much structured. …show more content…
My father was an immigrant when I was growing up, coming from Jamaica. Unlike my mother, he never got the chance to graduate high school. Because he didn’t graduate, he had a hard time finding a job and was forced to take over the family business as a corner storeowner and landlord. Although he was in my life mentally, physically he wasn’t because he resided in New York while I lived in Pennsylvania with my mother. My mother, a mother of four, worked as a home health care provider all her life, making less than $30,000 a year. However, my mother was fortunate enough to have her work schedule fit around my siblings and I schedule. She worked the hours while we were in school. She made it to all of our games, was there to support us with anything we were involved in. Although she was dependable for being my support system, I wasn’t always available to depend on her financially. I had to get a job at the age of 16 and work full time while still in high school and playing a sport. I attended a low income high school where we didn’t have enough money for advance classes or new books. I didn’t have time to enjoy with my friends or family. There were times where I had to miss out on things I really wanted to do. I am the first generation college student. While others may have the support from their parents, I was left to figure out everything on my …show more content…
She grew up with both her college graduate parents. The average household income was roughly $200,000 a year. Growing up, her parents introduced her to every sport available and let her choose what was best for her. They lived in a gated community where no one really hung outside, so she never got a chance to interact with her neighbors. Allison never had to work for anything she wanted. Her parents rather her work hard in school and put all her effort into the activities she was involved in and they would handle all of her expenses. She was granted with a car on her sixteenth birthday and never had to worry about struggling through college. She had guidance and support from every angle of her

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