We were raised as a nuclear family. This wasn’t typical in my culture. Due to the belief of not using contraceptives because of religious reasons, families tend to have more than two children. It is our belief that we are blessed with as many children as our Lord will allow us to have. The oldest child is looked upon to help the parents with the little children. As soon as they’re old enough, all kids start doing chores; with the smaller children doing simple things such as picking up after dinner. Males are typically raised to be tough, and crying if hurt, whether you are a young male or an old one, is frowned upon. The family was aligned as a lineal system. All relatives fell under broader categories, without ever really specifying how distant a relative was.
My culture is rooted in the Roman Catholic religion. This puts an enormous amount of pressure immediately on a child in this culture. Children are filled with the belief that everything they do is being watched by the Lord; who is keeping a list of all good and bad deeds done by the children. This is something that is instilled in all children. We go to mass every Sunday. There are three facets to a child growing up in the Mexican-American culture. The first is a child gets baptized at about 8 months. It is typical for the first male child born to be named after their father. The baptism is done to welcome the child int...
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...ng with some rice dishes. This was a new experience, since seafood was not really a staple in my culture. The whole experience was new; being a very different manner of celebrating the engagement of the future husband and wife.
Even though a person’s environment determines their character, their culture is what sets the base for it. In our culture, we learn to be honest, loyal, and friendly. We are both accepting and forgiving of others. We are proud of what we are, and are not afraid to protect our honor when we have to. Males in our culture are taught to be macho; provide for and protect your spouse and family at all costs. The women love their husbands, and place their family above all. The women take care of their families, and do everything they can to make their families happy and comfortable. This is what it is like to be raised in a Mexican-American culture.
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