The Importance of Family – Advocates of Love

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Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on their parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs. Parents and families form a child’s first relationships.

Learning comes in many forms. Sometimes children learn by being told something directly. However, the most common way children learn is through observation of everyday life. A child’s learning and socialization are most influenced by their family since the family is the child’s primary social group. Child development happens physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually during this time.

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To make an analogy, if you were constructing a large building, you have to make sure that it has a solid foundation so that the rest of the building can stand tall and strong for many years to come. If the foundation is not strong, the building will have trouble standing on its own. Just like people, if our foundations are not solid, we find it more difficult to be successful in our relationships with others, work, health, and ourselves. So, it cannot be stressed enough how important the family is in the development of a child.

Research found when relationships between parents/caregivers and youth:

  • Are warm, open, and communicative.
  • Include appropriate limits.
  • Provide reasoning for rules for behavior.

… children had higher self-esteem, better performance in school, and fewer negative outcomes such as depression or drug use in teen and later years.

Family, including a family-like environment, has powerful effects on the developing child, impacting attitudes, beliefs, opportunities, habits, and personality traits. Healthy caregivers play a critical role in determining who a child becomes and what he or she accomplishes.

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