Child Development Essay

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The Influence of Families on a Child’s Development Children’s development in all aspects are influenced by genetic composition (Nature) and the environment in which they grow (Nurture). They are influenced by all adults in which they come into significant contact. Smiling at someone unfamiliar or speaking to a stranger is less likely to have a lasting impact on the child or their development. However, parents and immediate family have the most impact on a child’s development. A family is defined as at least one adult and one child who live together and in which the adult is control of the child’s life and behavior as well as demonstrates responsible care for the child (McDevitt & Ormand, 2013). Parents are the primary educators and caregivers, …show more content…

These individuals have daily contact with the child and through communication and actions shape the development of the child positively or negatively. Parents may use child development theories, such as B. F. Skinner’s behaviorism theory on rewards, to direct children to make correct choices that they deem proper. Through the parent’s participation in a culture and/or religion and the child’s exposure to the same aspects, including any parental conversation, the child gains the understanding and participation in the same culture or religion. Through parental involvement and a positive home environment, families support academic growth in children, the child gains more knowledge, skills, positive educational attitudes, school readiness skills and interest in learning (Parker, Boak, Griffin, Ripple & Peay, 1999). Finally, parental decisions on physical home environmental conditions, such as cleanliness and an area conducive to academics, as well as nutrition influence each child’s physical development and safety. Each choice family members make regarding daily events, including meals, religion, and culture, have an impact on the children within the …show more content…

In summary, this student is disappointed in his physics grade as he has honestly worked to earn a higher grade in comparison to his classmates who have been cheating on assessments. His mother helps guide him in advocating for himself with the teacher and earns the opportunity to retake an assessment. His mother advises that to prove he deserves a higher grade as a result of the opportunity, he must be fully prepared and study. His perfect score proves his ability and resulted in a higher semester grade. Finally, both learned that Cedric had advanced in his development and he was prepared to enter college

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