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ILSAVAL & THE LEOPARD - A BEDTIME TALE
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Effects of Family Environment on Children’s Behavior
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'The family is the primary unit through which customs, beliefs, habits, values, and modes of behavior are transmitted from one generation to the next through the process of socialization' (S...

Effect of Technology on Young Children
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Problems at School
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Leveraging online social communities for improved learning outcomes
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1. Beat procrastination! Teach your child, by example, not to put off tasks.

2. Instead of denying your son privileges for not studying, offer him rewards or incentives for getting his sc...

Effect of Technology on Young Children
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Incessant exposure to "all day TV," violent video games, instant messaging, and the always accessible cell phone interferes with the development of the psychological traits known to be essential to po...


ILSAVAL & THE LEOPARD - A BEDTIME TALE
3 Likes | 3 Comments

Let me tell you a story. It begins with a little boy, let's call him Ilsaval, aged six years, playing ball with a few friends of his in a little alley of the town he lived, Savrimath in 1974 Indi...


Leveraging online social communities for improved learning outcomes
3 Likes | 1 Comment

By SchoolJunction

Since Facebook (and to some extent even before) there has been a proliferation of social communities in cyberspace. Some, like Facebook, are really designed to cater to ...


Effects of Family Environment on Children’s Behavior
1 Like | 2 Comments

'The family is the primary unit through which customs, beliefs, habits, values, and modes of behavior are transmitted from one generation to the next through the process of socialization' (S...


Top 10 Study Strategies
1 Like | 0 Comments

1. Beat procrastination! Teach your child, by example, not to put off tasks.

2. Instead of denying your son privileges for not studying, offer him rewards or incentives for getting his sc...


10 ways to identify the best school for your child
1 Like | 1 Comment

By SchoolJunction

One of the biggest challenges and responsibilities that almost all parents will face at least once in their lives is to choose an appropriate K-12 school for their child...


Problems at School
1 Like | 1 Comment

Problems at school are part of life for many adolescents. Problems can be avoided if you have a good relationship with your child’s school and teachers. It’s important that you quickly rec...


Healthy Eating: Make it a Habit for Children
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Healthy eating is good for children. It sharpens their minds, stabilizes their moods and restores their energy. Pressure from friends and TV ads for junk food can make impossible getting children to e...


Effects of Family Environment on Children’s Behavior

'The family is the primary unit through which customs, beliefs, habits, values, and modes of behavior are transmitted from one generation to the next through the process of socialization' (Saraswathi & Dutta, 1988; Tandon, 1981).

A child’s home environment has a profound effect on its well-being as family is the first school of the child.

Children must be empowered from an early age to become the authors of their own lives. They must be prepared to make their own decisions and to grow into powerful and competent participants in society. The process of nurturing young children to achieve this begins in the earliest stages of life and heavily depends on the environment in which a child is raised.

Optimal conditions at home, responsive and adequate feeding, interactions with parents and caregivers and non-violent disciplining practices, all greatly affect a child’s well being. Responsible parenting includes the provision of a safe physical environment, close monitoring of children’s activities, supervision of their behavior, fostering their socio-emotional and cognitive competencies and providing directions and guidance in daily life. Providing a safe and stimulating home environment, which allows children to play, explore and discover, is a critical piece of this process and can exponentially increase a child’s chances of flourishing, attaining an optimal level of development and later becoming a responsible and productive adult.

Child development can be understood as the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional maturation of human beings from conception to adulthood, a process that is influenced by interacting biological and environmental processes. Of the environmental influences, the family arguably has the most impact on child development.

Beginning in infancy, a problematic home environment can disrupt the brain’s stress response system, reduce the quality of care giving a child receives, and interfere with the child's healthy development. Research has linked negative home environments during children’s first three years with a host of developmental problems, including poorer language development by age three, impaired cognitive development at age three, deficits in school readiness, aggression, anxiety and depression.

For pre-school age children, the most important familial influence is the quality of the home environment for academic learning and parental involvement.

According to Eitzen (2003), “Family is a construct of meaningful relationships”

Traditionally, families in India have been classified as joint in nature. Joint families consist of one or more married couples residing with their children and other close relatives, such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles, all in one home. A nuclear family structure, which is becoming increasingly common, constitutes a single married couple and their children.

The structural differences between the joint family and the nuclear family lead to different interaction patterns among members of the two family types.

Joint Family:

• Children in joint families are often indulged and overprotected, which encourages child's dependence on the mother and other family members.
• Joint families are like the first training grounds, where a child learns interpersonal skills. Children in joint families learn lessons of patience, tolerance, cooperation and adjustment.
• They learn to adjust more easily with different kinds of people and learn to be more flexible.
• In a joint family with more than one child, there is bound to be constant comparison, something that could lead to the development of unhealthy competition and feelings of envy.

Nuclear Family:

• In nuclear families, the child is in more direct contact with his or her parents, and the number of adult role models decreases.
• As compared to children from joint families, children from nuclear families are encouraged to function in an individualized manner, take initiative, and act independently.
• Communication channels between the child and parent can also be more open and transparent, in a nuclear family, as parents have their attention focused on their child
• Fathers play an important role in nuclear families since they are often more approachable and psychologically available to their children.

Thus, children's experiences growing up in such a complex society can be unique.

Gergen (1991) has described the emerging family form as “the structured family”, whose members feel that their lives are scattered in intensified busyness. In addition, exposure to myriad values, attitudes, opinions, life styles and personalities, family members has become embedded in a multiplicity of relationships. Whitney (1999) found that family environment appears to contribute to the well being in present as well as future life of the child.

Findings also reveal that children’s behavior is better in families with good family environment than in families with poor family environment. This finding gets its support from the fact that the first learning of the child commences at his/her home by his/her family. The early years of rapid development of children depends largely on their family environment. So, the impact of family environment on a child’s behavior is ever lasting.
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Neelam Vohra
Great and to-the-point analysis!
Sandeep Acharya
A bit too simplistic in my opinion , the treatment could have had more depth.
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