First of all the meaning of a family varies from place to place and from culture to culture. Nowadays in some countries there are different types of family existence. For instance traditional extended family has dominated the Saudi Arabia, they have considered the parents the siblings aunts and uncles cousins and grand and great grand parents form the basic unit of the society.
The traditional extended family structure has ended up being in Saudi because of the maintenance of the Islamic social, political, and political values. This means that every single being identity in Saudi Arabia posts a collective ancestry, respect for elders, obligation and responsibility for the welfare of other family members. Australian families cannot be compared with the Saudi Arabian type of a family we can define the Australian type of a family as nuclear one but not all families are nuclear.
This defines the Australian Family, Which is there might be couple with or without co-resident children of any age or lone parents with co-resident children of any age or other families of related adults such as brothers or sisters living together where no couple or parent –child relationship exists. Effect of Family Structure on Life Satisfaction: Australian Evidence. (2010). Australian community is considered to be the bread winner that is the mother can go to work with the father, but majority the mother provides for the family whereas the father organizes a good bond with the kids.
Australia institute of family studies (2010). The mother and the father are responsible for the decision of the family and are both responsible in raising and taking care of the children. This is much different with the Saudi Arabian parents the mother is responsible for the taking care id the children and the house hold chores while the father is still considered to be the head of the family, sons and daughters are taught on how to follow the inherited traditions and responsibilities.
a womas life Saudi Arabia (2008). The development of culture beliefs and habit from the past has brought up a difference of the role of the men and women I n both Australia and Saudi Arabia. Both the countries beliefs state that the man still remains the head of the family and the woman remains the care giver of the children, no matter how they try to change the role it will remain the culture being the same.
There is difference on the two countries on the bond of the parent and the teenager for example in Australia the mother and the father is always close to the teenager, he gives advice to the teenager and allows him to take the necessary decisions for himself f but this is very different in Saudi Arabia where by the teenage boy should only be seen with other teen age boys and the teenage girl should stay with other teenage girls, they do not make there own decision they follow up the inherited tradition and responsibities.
In Australia it is the role of the parent to allow the children to have enough space on what they are supposed to do that is taking care of the children is very necessary but letting them make there own choice, but the Saudi Arabia its much different where by some children will be allowed to take care of other children but at the same time under the supervision of the parent David E (2003).
Both the mother and the father in Australia pay close attention to there children for instance they can interact freely with them by either the child is a girl or a boy, but this is also different in Saudi Arabia where by the father is free with the boy child and the mother is free with the girl child. Skolnik A (2010) Reference list: A Woman’s Life in Saudi Arabia. (2008). Available http://americanbedu.
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