African Parenting Styles We Like

Written by Julia Austin


Children have more freedom and more responsibility

According to one article in, in many African countries, children are given a lot of responsibility at a very young age, tending to housework and even taking on jobs that bring the family income. One story made it to the Oprah show about a 13-year-old Kenyan boy who invented an LED array to scare away predators from his family’s cattle. That might be proof that when given a little more freedom and not forced to only partake in “kid’s activities,” children can be capable of remarkable things at a young age.