n Journal of Gender, Information and Development in Africa (JGIDA) - Mothering, faith and culture : Ghanaians discuss parenting in the diaspora

Volume 4, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 2050-4276
  • E-ISSN: 2050-4284


Parenting is such a vital aspect in the development of families and in the lives of the children of those families. In African culture Patricia Amos (2012), a clinical psychologist explains, these forms of parenting methods may look like "storytelling (folktales), the extended family, traditional rites and the mother's care, attention and love" (p.64). The focus of this article is on mothers and their transmission of expectations, values, through cultural practices, and it includes their Christian faith and Ghanaian culture. The weaving of ethnic culture and Christian culture are indistinguishable in many African Christian families in the diaspora and on the continent. Amos notes, Ghanaians utilize a considerable amount of time in religious functions and even when in non-religious sectors, they may open meeting with religious prayers and their businesses and other titles may hold religious names. Their connection to their Christian faith and culture are evident in all aspects of their lives. These mothers are not different: they use their faith and religious practice as a guidepost to bolster and support their family, and to connect to other Africans and Christians as they maneuver the terrain of U.S. culture.

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