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What are the contributions of non-maternal family members to a child's development? In your answer, comment on the roles of fathers, grandparents, siblings, and friends who are like family.
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Early Childhood Development: A Multicultural Perspective


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Suggested Responses: Students should note that grandparents living in the home not only become an "extra pair of hands" but serve to educate young parents about children and child rearing. The presence of a grandmother reduces negative outcomes in situations of teen and single parenting. Students should also describe fathers - whether living in the home or not - as having a unique role of attachment figure and active playmate. It should be noted that fathers do not as often meet needs as mothers do, unless they are alone with their children. However, they soothe and interact with children just as effectively. Students should discuss how siblings teach language and concepts and participate in ethnic socialization. In many families, they should point out, siblings have significant child rearing responsibilities. Finally, students should describe non-relative friends in some cultures as performing parent-like roles or participating in co-parenting.
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