How the environment effects a child’s behavior

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Children grow up in different environments around the world. Living with divorced parents or late-night working parents has an impact in his life. Even the area where a child is reared can affect her behavior. Parents are a child’s first role model growing up, and by learning from her parents she develops certain traits that they have.

Significance

Parents play a large role in a child’s life. Spending time with him and making him feel good about himself is a great self-esteem booster for a child. Children look up to their parents and often want to be exactly like them. Living with divorced parents is a hard thing for many children to deal with as they have to adjust to different traits of each parent. Children living with one or no parent are more likely to experience economic hardship than children raised with two parents in the same household. Also, a parent that works 12 hour days may not have enough time to spend with their children.

Geography

Certain cities are faced with more strict rules and codes which are likely to follow. They tend to follow these rules because they don’t want to be faced with the consequences. “n cities where many drugs and violence are present, children are more likely to follow what they see, thinking that it is OK to do these things.

Potential

Even though some children are faced with poor environments, they do have potential to change. In most cases, it is hard for children to grow out of a violent stage if they are brought up thinking it is OK. Many times all it takes is meeting the right person for them to understand the effects of their actions. Parents should follow through with consistency in confronting their child’s behavior.  Showing the child that it is not OK to do something at one time and not forbid them to do it later really confuses the child.

Considerations

Try looking at the environment by putting yourself in a child’s shoes. Determine your living situation and ask yourself if it is the best for the child. Be sure that the living arrangements aren’t too stressful or crowded your child. Living with friends and distant family members may cause this to happen. If you think your child is bored, try to find some new age-appropriate toys for him, whether they be new or hand-me-downs. Other times not having enough toys to play with could cause jealousy since many of their friends have lots of toys to choose from. This could cause aggressive behavior in a child. “Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy are a few choices parents have when determining what type of therapy their child needs”

Prevention and Solution

Therapists are available to talk to children about how they feel and why they should want to change. The therapists are able to show a child a better side and hope for only the best. The best way to prevent a sticky situation such as this one is to avoid a negative environment altogether. Bringing a child into a happy, safe and warm environment is one of the best things you can do for that child.

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