Parental influence on children

Treat them with great care

Over the last decade throughout the South Asian countries, more and more emphasis is being placed on early education and care. In spite of a lot of investment in education by governments in the region, children in these countries are not growing up properly. For a healthy cognitive, social, physical, and educational and emotional development, the importance of psychological stability of children is inevitable. And the psychological stability of the children is very much influenced by proper parenting. With growing awareness, parenting is increasingly being considered as a skill that needs to be honed through experience, training and love indeed. The proper role of the parents is to provide encouragement, support, and access to activities that enable the child to master key developmental tasks.

Study shows that harsh behaviour of parents can hamper the mental growth of the children and adolescent to a great extent.  This in the long run can hamper their intellectual development. Hence, each and every parent should engage and intervene into the life of their children, with great carefulness, for their proper growth.

It is observed that the negative attitude of parents makes children lose confidence and self-esteem. It also makes them feel less-important and unwanted, as a result they lose attention in study and do avoid social gathering. A large number of children in the country are leading a critical life due to the harsh behaviour of parents. In this regard, experts blame parents’ scolding, yelling, and hostility towards their children.

No matter whether it is home or school, in our society children often have to face pessimistic approaches in different ways. With the increasing population, competition among children for better results has risen to a great extent. It is needless to say that parents and teachers scold and punish children for breaking simple rules and failing in exams. Critical attitude of teachers also play a crucial role in building children’s low self-esteem. Hence, teachers too should deal with them softly and be assertive instead of being strict and abusive.

A parent is their children’s first teacher and should remain their best teacher throughout life. Functioning as a coach, the parent exposes a child to age-appropriate challenges to encourage development as well as to experience that allows the child to explore on their own and learn from interacting with their environment. 

Policymakers need to facilitate change in parents’ behaviours, taking into consideration factors such as parent beliefs, social support, and mental health status. We believe a little understanding of a child’s psyche, love, support and a lot of patience can change the life of children in a positive manner.