Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

After the birth of a baby, the mother is excused from house duties for some months and, assisted by her sisters-in-law, she cares for her child who is never left unattended. Fathers take an interest in their children as they grow older and all members of the extended family are free to correct and educate the child. Ill-behaved or ignorant children provoke criticism of the parents. Increasing knowledge of the outside world has led to the Tikopians quite consciously inculcating values and behaviors that are seen as Tikopian as distinct from any other group.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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