Since the beginning of life, interactions with the family are essential to the rest of that child’s life. Often times, our mothers and fathers are the only people we come in contact with for the first period of life. It could lead to very important advancements or set back later in life. It is shown that children who grow up with more involved parents have better chances of becoming successful. It is also shown that authoritativeness in parenting works best to form a bonded family.
Authoritative parenting includes:
- having clear boundaries, limits, and punishments in case these things are broken
- providing rewards and praise in case of success
- use co-operation rather than obedience
The place one lives in also has great affect on the way one will grow up. It is seen in many studies that if one grows up in a poor neighborhood has a “devastating effect later in life.”
Education: Compared to growing up in affluent neighborhoods, growing up in neighborhoods with high levels of poverty and unemployment reduces the chances of high school graduation from 96 percent to 76 percent for black children.
Behavior: Often times children who grow up in run down neighborhoods are taught to only trust few people within a community. This can lead to behavioral issues in public places because they learn this things from people within their neighborhood.
The problems are continuous when a child does not have the right influences and environment to grow up in face problems later in life.
As babies our brains are wired in different ways than a grown adult therefore the learning styles are very different. Often times the first games and interactions shape the way for later education. Learning is the most powerful and lasting when it occurs in context. If parents make learning fun and part of everyday life, it will be sometime they aspire to do in their future.
Once grown up and headed to schools, it is important for kids to be placed in the right environment where they will meet advanced teachers and peers. Overall public-school education should not necessarily be seen as second-rate compared to private schools. With that said there are many advancements that private school children receive compared to public school kids. In a recent study, public and private school children were given the same tests to compare the results.
- The average private school mean reading score was 14.7 points higher than the average public school mean reading score
- The average private school mean mathematics score was 7.8 points higher than the average public school mean mathematics score
- Private to public school reduction varied from 11 to 15 score points.
A new study suggests playing sports helps teenagers physically, socially, and mentally. The studies explored the relationship between physical activity and happiness. Playing on a sports team was connected to higher life satisfaction in both boys and girls.
- Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle
- Promote Self Esteem
- Learn Goal Setting
- Learn and Experience Teamwork
- Emotional control
- Substance use prevention
- Learn About Dealing with Adversity
Teens learn how to make themselves more attractive and interesting to others. They learn to school their aggressive reactions in the interest of fitting in. Older teens have more of a sense of who they are and what they want. Some peer groups can be exclusive and closed while others may be more open to new comers and outsiders. Positive peer groups usually have strong bonds to school while negative groups are anti-education in some fashion.
Peer groups socially help:
- Identify values and goals
- Develop bonds
- Gain social skills
- Gain confidence
- Learn fairness and cooperation
1. What kind of parenting methods do your parents use? Are they effective?
2. Do you think sport decrease substance abuse? Why or why not?
3. Who do you think has more of a positive influence, you peers or the neighborhood?