The Damages of Early Parental Separation

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A parent's involvement typically begins early in a child's life. When a child first opens his or her eyes they should see their parent's smiling faces looking back at them. As the child continues to grow up and develop their parent's constant presence in their lives provides structure. But for some children they do not receive this kind of stability from their parents due to early separation from their parents. Children can be separated from their parents by a multitude of causes like death, adoption, incarnated, foster care, substance abuse and others. Children at the age of three years old or younger are very sensitive to the issue. Parents play an important role in our lives. Our parents help us form who we want to become and our own identity. When children are separated permanently or for an extended period of time from their parents, this can cause a child to respond to the situation in a negative manner (McIntosh, 2010). The loss of a parent or both parents can be detrimental to child's life. The loss can leave behind a scaring effect on a child and could remain with them their entire lives. Early separation from parents can cause children to develop behavioral problems in response to the situation. Many people believe the myth that a baby’s brain is fully formed at birth. However the notion has been uncovered in that last twenty years as false. A baby’s brain continues to form and develop after birth. Inside the human brains are small cell bodies called neurons. Neurons are the operating pieces in the brain. Every neuron is connected to dendrites, or arms. Dendrites connect one neuron to another and can detect chemical signals with a synapse, a part where nerve impulses are broadcasted or accepted. An electrical impul... ... middle of paper ... ...ion from their parents and will respond with various emotional and behavioral manners. A parent’s involvement begins early in a child’s life. As a child’s brain develops their knowledge from their encounters will be vital in their brain’s advancement. A parent’s involvement is important for their brains’ development because the parent can offer stability and security which is necessary for a child to grow. Children that have been observed experiencing separation from their parents will respond through different mediums. Children can also respond with different behaviors that are either short term and can develop into long term habits or parts of their personality. Children are sensitive creatures that do not respond well to unstable environments. A parent’s separation from their child could be more detrimental in some cases than staying in their child’s life.
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