Children's Initiative in Family Household Work in Mexico

  title={Children's Initiative in Family Household Work in Mexico},
  author={Andrew D. Coppens and Luc{\'i}a Alcal{\'a} and Rebeca Mej{\'i}a-Arauz and Barbara Rogoff},
  journal={Human Development},
  pages={116 - 130}
Children's views on their household work as mutual contribution within the family may encourage their initiative in pitching in. We asked 9- and 10-year-old children from a Mexican city how they viewed child participation in family household work. Almost all of the 16 children reported that children want to contribute to family household work, which they regarded as the shared responsibility of everyone in the family. However, the 8 children who lived in an Indigenous-heritage community were… Expand

Figures from this paper

How Yucatec Maya Children Learn to Help at Home
Children’s household contributions have been studied across cultural communities, mostly on the basis of maternal reports. Less is known about children’s views of their contributions. This studyExpand
Parental guidance and children's development of collaborative initiative: Cultural contexts of children's prosocial development
Two studies examined how mothers of 2- to 3-year-olds and 6- to 7-year-olds from a US Mexican-heritage community and a middle-class European American community support children’s prosocial helpingExpand
Supporting Children's Initiative: Appreciating Family Contributions or Paying Children for Chores.
This chapter examines two cultural ways of supporting children's helpfulness and responsibility that draw on different cultural paradigms for organizing children's participation in everyday work in U.S. Mexican-heritage and European American communities. Expand
Sophisticated collaboration is common among Mexican-heritage US children
Siblings who spent more time collaborating fluidly as an ensemble in the shared planning task were also more likely to collaborate with initiative at home, according to their mothers, which suggests that family socialization practices may contribute to cultural differences in collaboration. Expand
Children’s Management of Attention as Cultural Practice
This chapter addresses the idea that a focus on participation in cultural practices is more productive for understanding cultural aspects of young children’s learning than comparing membership inExpand
Collaborative Inquiry or Teacher Talk? Parent Guidance during a Science-Related Activity in Mexican-Heritage Families from Two Schooling Groups
ABSTRACT Parents who vary in their experience with formal schooling are likely to use different types of informal guidance with their children. However, rather than assuming a deficit approach weExpand
Cultural patterns of collaboration and communication while working together among U.S. Mexican heritage children
Abstract To examine the cultural organization of collaboration, 50 U.S. Mexican-heritage sibling pairs (ages 6–11) were videotaped as they participated in a puzzle construction activity. Half wereExpand
Mayan Children's Creation of Learning Ecologies by Initiative and Cooperative Action.
Abstract This chapter examines Mayan children's initiatives in creating their own learning environments in collaboration with others as they engage in culturally relevant endeavors of family andExpand
Instructional Ribbing as a Cultural Practice for Guiding Children
In this study, US Mexican-heritage mothers who had experience in Indigenous ways (and limited schooling and parenting classes) espoused instructional ribbing as a positive, familiar practice that encourages active learning, but European American mothers were very critical. Expand
Adults' Orientation of Children--And Children's Initiative to Pitch In--To Everyday Adult Activities in a Tsotsil Maya Community.
This chapter examines how 2-year-old children attempt to actively participate in adult work in a Mayan community in Chiapas, Mexico, and how adults contribute and accommodate to the contributions. AsExpand


The Work Kids Do: Mexican and Central American Immigrant Children's Contributions to Households and Schools in California.
In this article, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana highlights the work immigrant children do as active agents in supporting and sustaining their families, households, and schools. Building on the work ofExpand
Cultural variation in young children’s access to work or involvement in specialised child-focused activities
Ethnographic literature indicates that in many cultural communities around the world, children have extensive opportunities to learn through observing and participating in their community’s work andExpand
Children and Chores: A Mixed-Methods Study of Children's Household Work in Los Angeles Families
Within the context of children’s minimal participation in household work, it is found that allowance is not an effective motivator, but that children in families with access to paid domestic help tend to be less helpful thanChildren in families without. Expand
Helping out : children's labor in ethnic businesses
The growing body of literature on ethnic businesses has emphasized the importance of small family-based businesses as a key form of immigrant adaptation. Although there have been numerous referencesExpand
Adolescents’ ideas about individual and social responsibility in relation to children’s household work: Some international comparisons
Cultural values of individual and social responsibility were investigated through adolescents’ ideas about children’s household work. A total of 4627 adolescents from six countries completedExpand
Children's Work in the Family: Its Significance and Meaning.
Using data from a random sample of 790 Nebraska parents, this paper reports on extent of children's involvement in the household division of labor and the meaning of this work for the family. TheseExpand
Children’s Integration in Communities and Segregation From People of Differing Ages
The mainstream research focus on similar-age (unrelated) peer involvements needs to be broadened to consider the various patterns of children’s social engagements worldwide, which often involve integration of children in broader communities, engaging with adults and children of all ages. Expand
Children's household work: Task differences, styles of assignment, and links to family relationships
Abstract Earlier research on children's work around the house promoted a limited emphasis on consequences for character. This limited approach can be altered by borrowing from current research onExpand
A handbook of children and young people's participation: perspectives from theory and practice
A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation brings together key thinkers and practitioners from diverse contexts across the globe to provide an authoritative overview of contemporaryExpand
Guatemalan Adolescents’ Reports of Helping in Urban and Rural Mayan Communities
Adolescence may be a critical period for the development of altruism. Guatemalan adolescents (seventy-three 11- to 16-year-olds from urban and rural Mayan communities) participated in a project inExpand