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Why is it more challenging for immigrant children to live in America?

Moving to another country is a challenging experience for children, teenagers, and adults. Most people who move from the US follow the American dream, where they believe that by changing the country, they will live more comfortably and be financially independent. This dream can be achieved through hard work and overcoming obstacles such as job opportunities or discovering something new in an unfamiliar country, which can take a long time. For an adult, such a change may not be so hard because he can be motivated by the desire to improve the standard of living and ensure a good old age without worries. However, at this point, adults forget to provide moral support to their children, referring to the ancient understanding of their mentality, believing their children will adapt faster. Emigration is like a transitional age where children go through self-discovery, learn a new language, and try to Americanize their mentality and understanding of the neighborhood. Moreover, immigrant children try to adapt and find a common language with peers from different backgrounds. At the same time, they are under pressure from their parents, who have faith and hope that their child will be the best and must achieve everything no matter what.

Any person who has just moved from his native country to a foreign one is between his culture and the state where he will live. Probably the most common stage that every immigrant child goes through is that they must fulfill all their parents' expectations. Adults expect their children to learn English quickly and get only A grades. However, when immigrant child starts school, they feel a different range of emotions and feelings because they are placed in a place without the knowledge of English and experience culture shock. After all, An American school is not like the school of an immigrant child in his home country. Leaving the house, the child goes to school, where you spend half the day, but this does not make it easier because the language and culture barrier interferes because there are different understandings and looking at the same things. It doesn't matter if it's a child or a teenager, but because of the lack of communication and misunderstanding of the social environment. Whether it is a child or a teenager, he begins to experience stress, which can lead to depression.  

On the one hand, parents work hard and work long hours trying to give their children the very best and expecting a return in return. Still, it is also harder for children because, in addition to studying and learning the language, they can experience loneliness from not having friends. If immigrant child tells their parents about this, they will begin to describe their difficulties when they were children or teenagers or that they moved to another country to make life better. However, parents miss the understanding that adjusting as a child or teenager is much more complicated than it seems and that parents won't go through with it. At the same time, they will not be able to completely Americanize and understand their understanding that if a child has stress, this does not mean that their child has a lot of free time; it means that you need to stop putting pressure on the child and approach with all understanding and care.

What happens to an immigrant child who has lived in the US for five years or more? Living in America, the understanding of things changes, and a person from another country slowly changes his experience and thinking about different things. If, in one country, it is not okay to show emotions and feelings, or if you have a slight depression means weakness. At the same time, America teaches you to ask for help or express yourself and your feelings. However, if an immigrant child grows up and simultaneously keeps all the senses to himself, it won't be easy to express his feelings. In addition, growing up in America, the mind and understanding of the child of emigrant changes, and he begins to look at things entirely from the other side than his parents.

 In the understanding of immigrant parents, their children should only be doctors, lawyers, or engineers and work 40+ hours a week and earn a lot of money. However, if a child suddenly says that he wants to be an artist or a writer or does not want to go to college, then emigrant parents do not accept this because, in the country where they came from, this is not taken. Parents begin to put pressure on their children, saying that they went to the government for them and to give them a better future, but they do not allow their children to express themselves. Immigrant children growing up in America see how it is customary to express themselves here and that everyone has the right to choose and freedom, but not them. Growing up, children of emigrants see how their parents work hard, and they understand that they do not want to work hard all their lives and that, in addition to work, they want to see the world and travel. If a child of an immigrant tells his parents that he is not sure what he wants to do or that he wants to take a study leave, then the immigrant parents will say that this is stupidity and a waste of time. At this stage, the understanding comes that people who left another country for America could not remember their views on life and adhere to the old version and mentality that affects a child who grew up in a completely different country where they look at everything differently.

Growing up in America, children are given freedom of choice and the ability to stand up and speak up for their interests and opinions. However, if a child does this with older people and expresses his view, this will not be considered education. An emigrant will never be able to Americanize completely because to understand another culture fully, you must be born and grow up in it. Some people live in another country and change inside. Still, there are those people who refuse and live according to the understanding of the country where they grew up and not accepting the opinions of other people.

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