Family Vital To Personality Development In Children

If a child’s foundation is not solid, they will find it more challenging to be successful in the personal and professional aspects of life

Children learn in different ways, sometimes by being told directly or by observing day-to-day activities. A child’s learning of behaviour and how to socialize are influenced by their family since it is their primary social group.

Most physical, emotional, social and intellectual developments occur during primary years of a child. This plays a critical role in their personality development. If a child’s foundation is not solid, they will find it more challenging to be successful in the personal and professional aspects of life. Hence, having a good foundation starting at home is essential for the development of a child.

How do parents play a significant role in a child’s personality development?

Numerous studies have shown the way parents behave shapes a child’s habits, personality, and how they behave as grownups. Here are some ways parents play a role in the personality development of a child:

Passing on values

Children whose parents share a good emotional bond grows up to be sympathetic, compassionate, and understanding.  They also teach us what behaviour is right and wrong, religious beliefs, socialisation, societal rules, and expectations. Children observe their parents' actions and watch them interact with others. This makes them determine right and wrong for themselves, and it impacts how they develop their moral values.

Developing confidence and self-esteem

Interactions with parents can build a child’s confidence and boost their self-esteem. A family that has healthy communication and is united help a child to become confident. Parents who encourage and support a child to pursue their interests gain individuality and self-esteem. Activities such as family picnics are a good way to help children develop their individuality. On the other hand, parents who are often critical of a child may lead to reduced confidence and self-esteem.

Influence career choices in children

Parents can influence career choices and professionalism in children. Parents who encourage perseverance and hard work often raise productive, ambitious, and motivated children. Parents who enforce standards can equip certain life skills that are required to succeed in the future, whereas a hostile environment at home may lead to a lack of motivation in children who then find it difficult to succeed.

Influence political beliefs

Family life can also influence political identity. Political discussions in families encourage children to be more active in political affairs and look out for news resources. Children who are up to date with politics also tend to be aware of world issues and current happenings. A child who is engages in political conversations are likely to assume their parents’ political views.

Inculcating traditional and religious values

Parents who are close to their children assert a strong influence on their children's religious lives. Children who have religious beliefs often grow up to be humble, compassionate, and god-fearing. These values can prove crucial to relate with others and how they pave their way in the world. Cultural and traditional values that are taught at home define the way children look at themselves and the society around them. Children who gain these values tend to be less aggressive and have a broader outlook on the world.

Good family dynamics significantly impact a child’s personality. There needs to be a balance between behavioural and psychological control over a child to allow the required development in children. The balance of both provides a safe and comfortable environment for a child to grow and become responsible, well-rounded individuals in society. Paying too little attention to being overprotective towards children can all shape the people they become; therefore a parent needs to maintain the balance between being a parent and a friend to their child.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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