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As an homage to Father’s Day, which took place yesterday, Saturday’s meeting theme was parenting across cultures. As most of our members are mothers, this was a hot topic loaded with opinions and values.


During my opening as Toastmaster, I raised the point that in the US, mainstream thinking about parenting has relied on studies of Caucasian and Western cultural beliefs. But I emphasized that because America is so ethnically diverse, it is important to understand parent-child relationships across cultures and the world.

I asked the audience to keep the concept of cultural relativism in mind. Relativism is the name for the theory that there are no absolutes, truths, or validity in points of view. Rather, what we deem to be “truths” are actually relative to our language and culture. Thus, what we see to be “truth” is actually subjective, a perception, an opinion.

Folks examining parenting styles through the lens of cultural relativism would say that no one style is better or worse than another, but rather is completely colored by the culture and language in which the parents are living.

I encourage you to take a moment to think about your own parents and your parenting style. How have your culture, ethnicity, or religion affected your behaviors or beliefs?

culture flowchart

Thanks to everyone that showed up and participated on Saturday.

Rehana’s speech about her pregnancy and labor was entertaining, humorous, and creatively involved the audience and a prop! Anna completed her Icebreaker speech and told us about the meaning of her name. She provided us with a glimpse into her life and personality. Anna is indeed the personification of a willow – resilient and strong. Impressive first speech!

Everyone participated in giving Table Topics responses about motherhood and child-bearing, even Humaira’s adorable daughter. We learned about some unusual parenting practices across the globe – fascinating!

We hope to see you next week!

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