As children grow they’re influenced by so many different environmental factors that help in shaping how they learn, grow, and behave in society. These influences can either have a positive impact on a child’s life or have a negative impact. As a caregiver to a child, whether a parent, guardian, or adopted caregiver, it’s the responses that you give to certain behaviours that will dictate future actions from the child. For example; if you show attention to a child when they throw a temper tantrum, they will more than likely continue with the temper tantrum in the future as a way to get your attention. So how does an environment impact a child’s behaviours? Let’s take a look at the different environmental influences that can create different behaviour from children.
An environment that is poverty driven can have the most significant impact on a child’s life. This is because it generally affects their social behaviour, their academic success, and their overall well-being. Children who are raised in poverty stricken areas may show challenging behaviours as they grow and into adulthood. This is because in most cases they’re continually moving around and living in neighbourhoods which don’t have strong positive role models they can look up to for appropriate social behaviours. Children who belong to families who have to undertake illegal activities to survive are more likely to be exposed to violent situations. This can lead to aggression outbursts when adults as this is what they’ve learnt from growing up.
Abusive environments can encompass a number of abusive factors. These include sexual abuse, physical abuse, and mental abuse. Children who grow up in abusive families have a tendency to be depressed, angry, lack confidence, and are generally scared. Abusive home environments have a tendency to breed abusive adults because that’s all the child knows when growing up. However, in rare cases, some children grow up to be the opposite of their upbringing because they don’t want to burden their children with what they had to go through when they were young. Abusive family life is generally related to the impacts of drugs, alcohol, sexual trauma of the parents, and abusive upbringings that keep getting passed on from one generation to the next.
Single Parent Environment
Single parent environments where a child is raised by a mother or father has a higher tendency and risk to experience academic failure. This is because they have a higher risk of dropping out of school and tend to have increased levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and overall aggression. Generally, this is brought on by the parent having limited time to spend with the child in a nurturing and stable environment. This lack of time makes the child have to fend for themselves and learn things faster as life continues on around them.
Safe, Nurturing Environment
Children who are brought up in a safe and nurturing environment have a higher rate of success in their adult life. Children from these families tend to excel academically, have good social skills, and generally have a positive attitude with life. These children tend to be the ones that may go on to have good career opportunities, find suitable life partners, and raise well adapted children of their own. They are generally spoilt from their parents when young because parents tend to buy more gifts for them from baby stores.
As you can see there’s many environmental factors which can change the development of children across their growing years. Mistreatment and poverty are two major factors that can really affect a child for years, even when they’ve grown into adults. When giving birth to a child, it’s a big responsibility and requires a lot of time, patience, and understanding. By conducting yourself in a safe manner for your children, you have a higher chance of giving them the best in life, even when you have little to give. We’re you affected by your environment growing up?
Bio: Caroline Kastner
Caroline Kastner is a child advocate and parent who understands the struggles of children in different environments when growing up. She has contributed to Active Baby and is a regular contributor on other parenting blogs. She works hard to give her children the best in life, and is looking to adopt a child soon.