Who’s Raising Our Children?

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Who’s Raising Our Children?

This section emphasizes the role of the Guide and their ability to cultivate environments, both outer and inner, that are most conducive to awaken wisdom and compassion. We examine the influence of the various spheres of our mandala, (cultures, communities, families) on our development, exploring various challenges of raising children in the world today. Esta sección enfatiza el papel de la Guía y su capacidad para cultivar entornos, tanto externos como internos, que son los más propicios para despertar la sabiduría y la compasión. Examinamos la influencia de las diversas esferas de nuestro mandala (culturas, comunidades, familias) en nuestro desarrollo, explorando varios desafíos para criar niños en el mundo de hoy.


Moment by moment we are being affected by others and our surroundings through our interactions with our family, communities, culture, society and the world around us. The norms, mindsets, ideas and beliefs of our parents’ greatly influence the way we relate to child rearing and parenting. Our grandparents profoundly influenced the “shoulds and should-nots” of our parents’ belief system. So too do the cultures and societies we live in directly and indirectly affect all aspects of our life. Beliefs and practices within communities, from the vast to the minute pass from one to another and eventually influence one generation after the other..

The most powerful impact on the development of the child is the parent or primary caregiver. However many different factors influence the development of the child, not just the parents. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s, Ecological Systems Theory.

Systems Urie Bronfenbrenner:

Child development within a complex system of relationships affected by multiple levels of the surrounding environment. Eventually, Bronfenbrennor re-named it the Bioecological Model (1998). This new label recognized the way in which biology plays a role in the development of the child as well. As with Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory. ( See video below)

Teoría sociocultural- Lev vigotsky:

Teoría sociocultural- Lev vigotsky Bronfenbrenner emphasized how the society and culture in which we are raised has a significant influence on the population of children and adults alike.

In the video below Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. These neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which possibly formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
speaks mirror neurons: PLEASE REFLECT AFTER SEEING IT


Mirror Neurons. Empathy TED Vilayanur Ramachandran Abantian:


What defines a meme? Meme: Ideas, tunes, images, catchphrases. The memme is not the dancer but the dance, not the hoola hop but the craving for hula hop:


MEME: an idea, behaviour, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a Memes (discrete units of knowledge, gossip, jokes and so on) are to culture what genes are to life. Just as biological evolution is driven by the survival of the fittest genes in the gene pool, cultural evolution may be driven by the most successful memes.— Richard Dawkins culture INTERNET MEME: encouraged fans to...

WATCH VIDEO: “VERY RECOMMENDED” : MERCHANTS OF COOL http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/view/


*If you prefer to read the main points of this documentary, rather than watch the original video, you can get the text here: www.people.rit.edu/cakgss/merchantscool.html 

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