What child-rearing practices did you experience that embody the values & social codes of your society?

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This is really not a question that we here at eNotes can answer for you.  Our answers will represent our own childhoods and our own cultures, not yours.  What we can do is to at least make some suggestions about how to answer this question.

I would suggest that you start by thinking about how you were raised as a child.  Did your parents show you lots of affection?   Did they tell you they loved you a lot?   Was there a major difference in how much affection your mother and your father showed you, respectively?  Did your parents punish you?  If so, how did they punish you?  Did your parents try to be your friends or did they try to maintain distance and authority?  How much freedom did your parents allow you to do things like going out at night?   Did they always want to know where you were and with who?   Did they have a certain age limit before which you were not allowed to date?  If you are a girl, did your parents set a certain age limit before which you were not allowed to wear makeup?  Did your parents make you go to church?  Did they have your family pray together? How demanding were your parents about things like chores and homework?

Think about the answers to these questions then try to determine whether the ways in which your parents raised you were affected the values and social codes of the society in which you grew up.  You might also think about whether they were affected by the values and social codes of your parents’ society.  This would be particularly important if your parents (or one of your parents) came from a different society than the United States.  By doing these things, you should be able to come up with an answer that actually reflects your own life.  

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