Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Glimpse of Mexican Culture - Family Values

If you retire abroad, you can only enrich your experience by learning some of the values of the country you'll be living in. Here is an intro to some Mexican family values:

  • The family is at the centre of the social structure.
  • Outside of the major cosmopolitan cities, families are still generally large.
  • The extended family is as important as the nuclear family since it provides a sense of stability.
  • Mexicans consider it their duty and responsibility to help family members. For example, the will help find employment or finance a house or other large purchase.
  • Most Mexican families are extremely traditional, with the father as the head, the authority figure and the decision-maker.
  • Mothers are greatly revered, but their role may be seen as secondary to that of their husband.

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