The Importance of Family

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.

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:

… 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 very 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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Melissa Schol

Melissa is originally from Ocala, FL and after moving around Florida, Georgia & North Carolina, she has settled back in Ocala. Melissa went to the College of Central Florida and has pursued a life of service in various administrative, customer service and marketing roles. She has now settled into her dream role as the Communications Director for Advocates of Love.

Melissa was on the state board of the Florida Foster and Adoptive Parent Association while serving 4 years as a foster and then adoptive mom. She has two adopted daughters, Kenzi and Shyne, who keep her busy. Melissa also serves in her local church. 

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