How do parents affect their children

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Unformatted text preview: Child Development i How Do Parents Affect their Children? An analysis of Child Development Child Development ii Abstract In recent years, genetic research has pointed the finger of responsibility on DNA rather than the individual. While genetics may be a factor in some behaviors, the individual ultimately must take responsibility for their actions. This is especially true for parents raising their children. Not only do parents share their DNA with their children, but they also share their behavior, likes and dislikes, values, and traditions. This study points out the major areas where parents can most influence their children. Child Development 1 How Do Parents Affect their Children? An analysis of Child Development Most people in the world become parents whether they want to or not. The moment a couple finds out theyre pregnant, they become excited about their potential offspring and about the idea of becoming parents. From day one, they lose their individuality and become parents; they stop drinking and reduce or eliminate smoking, they try to eat good foods, and change their lifestyles to create a healthier environment for the baby. When the day comes for the baby who they have been waiting for so long is born, the parents suddenly have a much bigger responsibility. Theyve now become role models for their child. In the early developmental years of a childs life she learns about most things from her parents. Parents have a very important influence on their children, starting from that very first day, birth. Child Development 2 Most schools of thought today on the behavioral development of children agree that three factors strongly influence a childs development: parenting, genes, and social environment. Many studies have been conducted to weigh the importance of each of these factors in childhood development. The results of these studies have shown conflicting schools of thought. Behavior geneticists insist that genes play a significant role in childrens behavior and that parenting has little influence; however, child developmental psychologists believe that parenting and social environments play the more important role. While no single study shows conclusively that any factor is more important than the other, most do agree that in the earliest years of a childs life parenting has the greatest influence....
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