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Understanding the Process of Acculturation

What Do You Want Your Child To Become?

We often hear that it’s the parent’s job to teach their children social etiquette and interpersonal skills, but research shows this is not occurring because many of today’s parents were not taught the nuances of parenting.  The Parents as Teachers model is a 13 week workshop series that will provide a platform for group discussion between parents and clinicians on best practices in child development.  Included in this series are tips and tools for child rearing  to help today’s parents become better teachers of their children.  The Osiris Group “Parents as Teachers” model starts a process of understanding psychological wounds, which have been left unattended due to their own improper acculturation.  Directors of programming for DYS, DSS, Public Schools, Prisons, Jails, Churches, and Community Centers who would like to offer this program to your clientele please contact the 

No Parent is an Island

The Osiris Group works with the whole family to help them fully understand the significance of the term "Family."  Within a strong nuclear family parents have certain roles:  the male when appropriately acculturated brings: leadership, provisions, protection and love; women when appropriately acculturated nurture, acculturate, love and knit cohesion.  Using this standard we can see that historically, men have been seen as the family provider, however often today mothers are the family providers.  With constantly changing roles coupled with inappropriate acculturation - parenting has become a lost art.  Parenting is totally lost when parents come into the arena of parenthood with convoluted (unhealthy or unproductive) notions of parenting which they then unintentionally pass onto their children.  

Clinicians at the Osiris Group have listened repeatedly to arguments on the issue of social acculturation.  Most people argue that acculturation is the sole responsibility of the parent(s).  This statement sounds logical and reasonable at first, but after careful examination of the behaviors of the youths in question, we all agree that something has gone awry.  We have coordinated the Osiris Group's collective sixty (60) years experience in the helping profession from the public schools and community centers to  Department of Youth/Social Services and Juvenile Justice systems to examine this problem closely.  We have found that because today’s parents were not taught the nuances of parenting techniques their effectiveness as teachers has been rendered void.  The vast majority of  African-American parents we work with are prevented from being teachers, mentors or instructors to their offspring as a direct result of slavery (see Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder).  For instance, during slavery, African children did not belong to their mothers and fathers and because of this the responsibility of parenting the children was removed from the biological parents obligation. Today, mothers and fathers of children in the Department of Youth/Social Services and Juvenile Justice systems are no longer legal guardians and because of this the responsibility of parenting the children has been removed from the biological parents obligation.  Now that the truth can be spoken, we have to come to grips with the many social ills which are only in place as unattended rituals that come out of the legacy of slavery (see Willie Lynch) such as:  lack of appropriate parental training; inability to show an appropriate range of feelings; continuous durations of exposure to extreme stress; loss of locus of control; total loss of appropriate communications skills; and as a direct result an utter feeling of hopelessness.

We believe that researchers have failed to unearth these complex facts because they are socially groomed from a Euro-Affluent acculturation (see Post-Traumatic Slavery Disorder).

Clinical practitioners at the Osiris Group recognize that all traumas must be confronted face to face in order for psychological healing to begin. That is why we have created the “Parents as Teachers”  model.   The Osiris Group starts with examining the lessons we learned from our parents.  Although we love, appreciate and respect our parents, we must now examine the job our parent(s) did or did not do with us and we must begin to face the truth about those experiences.  We also look at the issues of: discipline and limit setting; introspection; culture at home; child development—tools; anger; modeling behavior; exposing children to too much too soon; parents as educational advocates; parents as career advocates; the culture of alcohol and drugs; financial literacy; adult relationships and child rearing; a strategic life plan.

The Parents as Teachers model is designed to increase a parent's self-image and self-worth as well as to begin psychological healing.  After going through our program participants acknowledge feelings of self-actualization and a sense of freedom from unwanted psychological baggage.  For more information contact