Parental Influences on Family Values

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Alexis McCormick Mrs. Linda Long English 102 July 12, 2013 Parental Influences on Family Values Addressing the challenges surrounding young people today has become hot topics among families. As the generations continue to age, family values start to become controversial. The building of values and the development of one’s character revolves around one’s environment. Within the family environment the way children learn values have been noted to have been passed from generation to generation. As these generations age, society changes as well as the family values. Adjustments are made to meet both individual and society needs. The three key processes in which children learn values and develop character should start with the forming of emotional attachments, teaching of pro-social behavior, and respect for authority; and abiding by the rules both within the family structure and society. The forming of emotional attachment should start at birth. First the infant bonds with its mother. It’s during this time it learns to start development of emotions. Erickson’s “Eight Stages of Development” contends that if children don’t have their basic needs for security met early in life, they can become distrustful and fearful. A baby develops a bond of security and trust during the first two years of life, called the nurturing stage. Emotional development should be the most important thing we do for the child. This capacity, skill, self-perceived ability to manage one’s emotions of themselves and groups, show that they can be more successful in life, career, less likely to divorce and have much more fulfilled lives when compared to lower emotionally intelligent scores (Erikson). Emotional attachment continues on as a child ages and continues to grow. The continuations of parental teachings to guide to the child help demonstrate what should be sociably
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