Family’s role in child’s life

Environmental Studies
2 pages (500 words)
A family is probably the most influencing factor in the upbringing of a child. A child’s behavior is greatly influenced by the environment in which his or her family develops or the way it behaves around the child. The child looks up to his family, and initial stages of his or her life are completely dependent upon his family. He or she expects protection and comfort from his / her family. Children crave for love from their family, and it is the responsibility of both parents to provide the child with the affection the child requires.

Since the child looks up to the family members it is important for them to set the right example for them. In other words family, especially parents are responsible for teaching the children good manners and guiding him or her to be an upstanding citizen of the community. Childhood experiences also play an essential role in developing character of a child and this phase would also decide the future of the relationships the child will have with the different members of his family. According to Sarah E. Anderson, the relationship between a mother and a child could have a long lasting physical effect on the child’s health. She went on to say that a poor relationship between a mother and her child could lead to obesity in the child (Anderson, Gooze and Lemeshow).

The child’s interaction and level of communication with his family are also of great importance. If a child is unable to communicate properly with his parents then he would be unable to seek advice from his parents regarding any problem he is facing. Quality time and making the child feel welcome can remove such barriers. Not only would this strengthen the bond between the family and child it would also make him feel as an important part of the family. Through regular interactions and quality time, the family members could learn more about the child including his interests, hobbies and dislikes.

Children nowadays spend more and more time away from their family. Television, summer camps and different gaming consoles have limited the interaction between a family and their child. However, no other activity has come anywhere close to substituting the impact that the family has on a child’s personality and children to this day are more influenced by habits of their families. For instance, if the father is a smoker the child would be most probably influenced by his habit of smoking and if he goes on to smoke at some stage of his life then there might be a good chance he smokes because he was influenced by his father. Similarly, lifestyle, dressing, and type of language used by a family are attributes that influence a child.

Children with divorced parents tend to have psychological disorders and usually they cannot deal with different situations in life. They usually can’t handle depression and the environment provided to them at home affects their performance at schools. Similarly, children who are abused on a regular basis at home develop poor social skills, crumble in pressured situations, and feel helpless in a number of situations.

Family is an entity that teaches a child from his birth and plays a vital role in his character. Flaws and qualities in his character are all something that can be related to one of his family members. Communication and quality time with children are of utmost importance and no activity or foreign figure can have the impact that a family has on a child.

Works Cited

Anderson, Sarah E., et al. “Quality of Early Maternal–Child Relationship and Risk of Adolescent Obesity.” Pediatrics 129.1 (2011): 132-140.