Effective Parenting-Early Development, Various Parenting Styles and Discipline

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Parents act as the first teachers in a child's life. Both mothers and fathers can have very unique influences on their children. Mothers and fathers parent differently, however, both maternal and paternal figures are essential in healthy development. Together both parents teach their children many things including how to eat, walk, talk and underlying emotions such as love, trust and happiness. Oppositely parents may also teach their kids, often unknowing of the effects they are causing, distrust, anger, and contempt. Every parent parents differently using various methods, styles, and techniques. Though traditional nucleic family rolls are dying or reversing, maternal influences still tend to be more prominent than paternal influences during the early stages of development. To a young child mothers tend to be more nurturing, providing food and dry diapers more often than their male counterparts. Where as the father would be more likely to interact in a playing manner, perhaps rolling a ball around or reading a story. Both aspects are extremely important in early development. One of the most influential aspects of a child's development comes in form of Attachment. In essence Attachment is the close bond that a baby feels with it's primary caregiver. This bond lays the foundation for all future relationships. This bond could literally make or break a young child's basic ability to socialize. For example, say the primary caregiver to which a child attached was their mother and at two years of age she ran off leaving the father alone to raise the child. This could cause the child to become withdrawn, even from the father and certainly to any new people brought in to take her place, such as a nanny or day care worker. Later on th... ... middle of paper ... ... strong family structure, keep the lines of communication open, never be afraid to punish them if necessary as you see fit, and do what works for you and your child, because every family is different, what works for one is not guaranteed to work for another. Works Cited 1. Coon, D., & Mitterer, J. O. (2012). Psychology: modules for active learning (12th ed.). Australia: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. 2. Farnsworth, D. L. (1966). Psychiatry, education, and the young adult,. Springfield, Ill.: C.C. Thomas. 3. McGraw, P. C. (2004). Family first: your step-by-step plan for creating a phenomenal family. New York: Free Press. 4. N/A, N. (Director). (2005). Discipline: Teaching Limits With Love [Documentary]. U.S.A: Parents Action For Children. 5. Sells, S. P. (1998). Treating the tough adolescent: a family-based, step-by-step guide. New York: Guilford Press.
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