Social Class and Daily Lives of Children

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Social Class and Daily Lives of Children Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Here are the frantic families managing their children's hectic schedules of "leisure" activities; and here are families with plenty of time but little economic security. Middle-class parents, whether black or white, involve in a process of "concentrated cultivation" designed to draw out children's talents and skills, while working-class and poor families rely on "the accomplishment of natural growth," in which a child's development reveals spontaneously, as long as basic comfort, food, and shelter are provided. Each of these methods to parenting brings its own benefits and its own drawbacks. The article states that, “middle class children, both African- American and white, lead structured, hectic and organized lives that involve tremendous labor and planning on the part of the parents. By contrast the lives of working class children are more informally organized. These children wait less and play more.” I think the kids would enjoy the unstructured childhood activities the most, but depending on how a child was raised, unstructured activities might not be as entertaining to that child who was used to being in structured activities. But for the child’s future, structured activities are most beneficial because one can learn to manage time, be coordinated, and be product full at a young age. Teachers will tell you that their most successful students come from a home where the parents provide structure, support, and guidance. Research supports such observations, indicating that increased parental involvement in school allows students to achieve higher grades and test scores, improves student attendance, improves student conduct and attitude, and increases

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