5 Things you Didn’t Know About Haitian Familial Structure



In Haiti, the locals value their family the most. The children are considered to be a precious gift and are, therefore, treated with importance. However, most of us are unaware of some of their culture, practices, and beliefs. In this regard, here’s a list of some facts about the average Haitian family, to give you a quick view on a Haitian’s perspective on life.

  1. Haitian citizens are raised in a matriarchal culture, where the women are in charge of the household. The men, however, still have the upper hand and control. The majority of Haitian marriages are common-law. Polygamy in men is socially acceptable in Haitian culture, although largely unspoken.

Thus, it is common for single mothers to raise their children while working to earn money for their family. They are often left with all the familial burdens. However, when it comes to cultural equality of gender, Haitian women are often low on the list. This is why most of them suffer and experience domestic abuse.

  1. Haitians often aid in the financing of fellow Haitian immigrants in the US. Haitian migrants who have entered the US also oftentimes remain responsible for their family members who are still in Haiti. In addition, they tend to financially support new settlers because they are expected to do so. They will take in refugees even if they do not have direct ties with them.


  1. Children are given priority. They are viewed as a gift and a blessing from God. Family members, extended families, and even whole Haitian communities often take the responsibility of raising the children.


Haitian women would rather go hungry so they can send their children to private school, especially since Haitians heavily value the importance of education in order to improve their children’s social status. Most children are delayed in some aspects such as toilet training and independence in eating and dressing. However, children are actually taught to be independent and resourceful at an early age.

Children are ordinarily disciplined using physical means. As an outsider, you may think the children are being abused, but this is simply a part of their culture and rearing practices.


  1. There is a large gap between the upper class and lower class citizen. An upper-class Haitian tends to have a lighter skin tone, better education, and way more money. The lighter skin tone generally comes from generations of interbreeding amongst the mulatto upper class in Haitian history.


  1. When it comes to authority, Haitian children are raised to be obedient to their parents, their mothers especially. A lack of respect and discipline for people of authority is absolutely forbidden and frowned upon. 
  2. The elders are looked upon as an authoritative source of knowledge and many seek their advice. Elderly parents often reside with their children’s families.

Did you learn something you didn’t know? Comment below.

Read more of the original story via Salisbury.edu.

Photo credit: Pexels.com


  • carol May 1, 2017 - 2:32 pm

    In what ways do they discipline their children?

  • Parnell Loiseau May 5, 2017 - 9:47 pm

    Children are ordinarily disciplined using physical means

    Directly from the article.
    Read between the lines.

  • Caraus Williams December 13, 2018 - 6:12 am

    Actually I was familiar with most of this information. However I appreciate you guys for providing this information so others can learn how everything works in Haiti.

  • Mathieu April 15, 2019 - 11:21 am

    There a few fathers that love and protect their families . It’s worth noting that exception .

  • Mathieu April 15, 2019 - 11:21 am

    There a few fathers that love and protect their families .

  • gamefly May 2, 2019 - 9:45 am

    For most up-to-date information you have to go to see the
    web and on internet I found this website as a best web
    site for newest updates.

  • gamefly May 3, 2019 - 11:35 am

    Howdy! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your blog posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects?
    Thanks for your time!

  • gamefly May 5, 2019 - 11:58 pm

    great issues altogether, you simply gained a emblem new reader.
    What could you suggest in regards to your put up that you just made a few days in the past?
    Any positive?

  • g May 11, 2019 - 9:41 am

    It’s very effortless to find out any matter on web as compared to books, as
    I found this post at this web site.

  • Matlene May 31, 2019 - 3:14 am

    Does Cephalexin Work On Nail Infections Foro Comprar Cialis Kamagra Super Review Bystolic 10 Mg For Sale Online Acheter Kamagra Gel Grenoble

  • gamefly free trial May 31, 2019 - 12:15 pm

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to
    assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.

    Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  • gamefly free trial June 1, 2019 - 9:22 pm

    Greetings, I do believe your website may be having web browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in I.E.,
    it’s got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Besides that, excellent site!

  • gamefly free trial June 4, 2019 - 3:56 pm

    Hurrah! After all I got a web site from where I be capable of truly obtain useful information regarding my study and

  • gamefly free trial June 5, 2019 - 12:22 am

    What’s up friends, its great post concerning tutoringand
    completely defined, keep it up all the time.

  • gamefly free trial June 5, 2019 - 9:33 am

    I’m more than happy to find this great site. I want to to thank you for your time for this
    fantastic read!! I definitely really liked every bit of
    it and i also have you book marked to look at new stuff in your blog.

  • Matlene June 7, 2019 - 3:38 am

    Amoxicillin 250mg Description viagra For sale shipped ups isotretinoin acne discount medicine Nizoral Alesse

  • Matlene June 14, 2019 - 2:14 pm

    Viagra Online Bestellen Billig Amoxicillin Capsule Tev Can I Buy Zithromax At Walgreens Zoloft Without Prescriptiom Cialis Et Autres

  • Marian Garfinkel June 18, 2019 - 2:26 am

    This is a cool post thanks a lot.