POVERTY AND THE CHALLENGES OF PARENTING: ISSUES AND PROSPECTS

  • Ratzinger E. E. Nwobodo
Keywords: Parenting, Children, Poverty, Low-income, Socioeconomic Status

Abstract

Parents across the globe are inarguably reposited with the task of raising children that are socially, economically and politically acceptable. It is, commonsensically, the primary duty of the parent to properly raise the child in ways that when he grows up, he will not depart from it. However, in the midst of global changes in the economy, traditional institutions and practices, the task of parenting has become more daunting than ever before. This is adversely aided by the challenges posed by deepening poverty especially in under developed countries of the world. Irrespective of the global efforts to combat poverty, it has remained prevalent in many developing countries especially Africa. Considering the consequent negative effects of poverty, it becomes expedient to critically examine ways in which poverty militate against 'good' parenting. This results in questions regarding the effects of poverty on parenting behaviour, parenting practices and parenting styles. Such questions as what is 'good' parenting? How does poverty affect good parental practices? What are the effects of poverty on children? Are differences in parental practices culturally induced or are they, as some researchers claim, mere bias towards low-income parents? This study in its exposition reveals that regardless of culture, poverty has a significant impact on the parental practices adopted by parents. In other words, poverty stands as a serious barrier to proper parenting hence, speedy effort should be made to alleviate poverty as well as teach parents good parental practices for the best outcome of the child.

Published
2021-07-29
Section
Articles