Balancing Latin Family Aspirations and Tasks

Extended family members frequently coexist under one roof and depended on each other for economic assist in Latin American traditions. This shut- knit community upholds traditional values of devotion among community members ( familismo ) and respect for seniors.

Latinx societies can benefit from this focus on helping another. According to studies, youngsters who have strong familismo beliefs and attitudes exhibit more prosocial behavior, including helping out relatives members Despite pressure to conform to European American culture, many Latinx immigrant families value cooperating with other family members and their community. This underlying belief in community is likely to be a key factor.

Matriarchal roles for mothers and grandmothers are revered in Latino cultures. Mothers and grandmothers are pillars of strength and resilience who impart values, traditions, and strategies for surviving in difficult circumstances to the next generation. For some, finding a balance between cultural expectations of familial loyalty and obligations relating to emotional well-being can be challenging.

For instance, a young Latina might choose to prioritize caring duties over pursuing her own career goals. This internal conflict has the potential to cause stress and anxiety, which can have an impact on mental health. In order to create school programs that take a holistic view of family engagement, educators and parent liaisons who are aware of the complexities of this dynamic can create such programs.