How parents affect child development

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

How parents affect child development

Why are there adults who lack self esteem and why are there over confident people?
Why are there difficult people and why are there normal people?

It would be a mistake to say that one factor affects the development of personality because personality development is a much more complicated process however you can confidently assume that Parenting style is one of the strongest factors that affects child development.

When a child grows up he is usually affected by what he was taught in his past by his parents, in this article i will tell you parents affect child development and how you can avoid raising emotionally unhealthy children.

How a child's personality is affected by his parents

  • Authoritarian parents raise children with low self esteem: An authoritarian parent or a parent who wants to be obeyed without questions usually teaches his child how to conform to rules (and the child usually does well in college and school) but this parenting style also results in loss of self esteem!!
  • Overprotective parents raise fearful children: If the child was constantly over protected he will come to conclude that the world is unsafe, he won't have the chance to develop enough skills to deal with life and he will learn how to remain in his comfort zone (see What causes fears and phobias
  • Authoritative parents raise balanced children: Authoritative parents are the ones who set strict rules and who are in the same time diplomatic. This parenting style usually results in adults who conform to rules and who in the same time have confidence in themselves
  • Permissive parents raise rebels with high self esteem: The parent who is always available and who cares about his child but who is in the same time not demanding raises rebels who have a high self esteem. Because the child didn't learn how to conform to rules he usually hates that someone imposes rules on him
  • Neglectful parents raise children who have low self esteem and who perform badly in all tasks: Parents who neglect their children teach the children how to feel that they are not worthy and in the same time the child fails to learn how to perform well in life activities

This was just an example

This was just an example of the horrible effects a wrong parenting style could have on a child. If you are a parent then pay special attention to the way you deal with your children if you want them to be mentally healthy.

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