From educational toys to governmental guidelines and detailed nursery progress reports, there are lots of resources available to help parents track and facilitate their children’s development. But while there are tricks we can use to teach children to talk, count, draw or respect others, a surprisingly big part of how they develop is determined by the culture they grow up in. Child development is a dynamic, interactive process. Every child is unique in interacting with the world around them, and what they invoke and receive from others and the environment also shapes how they think and behave. Children growing up in different cultures receive specific inputs from their environment. For that reason, there’s a vast array of cultural differences in children’s beliefs and behaviour. Language is one of the many ways through which culture affects development. We know from research on adults that languages forge how people think and reason. Moreover, the content and focus … [Read more...] about How culture influences children’s development
How parenting styles affect child development
Traditional parents turned to online advertising to find a live-in nanny who would raise their son using strict Victorian values - including showing 'minimal affection' and restricting playtime to just one hour. The advert, uploaded by a husband and wife, describes how they want to raise their seven-year-old son using a Victorian style of parenting. In their explanation of their beliefs, they claim their specific parenting approach will help "create well-rounded, respectable and polite young people". After revealing their previous nanny was removed from her position, the parents went on to explain the specific way they wish any future child-carer to look after their son. Their super strict rules include no use of any technology, including games consoles and computers, with the only toys on offer being board games, books and traditional wooden toys. They said: "Our reason for restricting him from these kinds of technology is that we'd like him to spend his time becoming the best version … [Read more...] about Parents upload advert for nanny to raise son using strict ‘Victorian values’
IT can be hard for parents to give their child the freedom to fail in life – but could it harm them in the long run? Here’s everything you need to know about snowplough parenting, and how it affects children. What is snowplough parenting? This style of parenting is when mums and dads remove any difficulty from their child’s path – similar to pushing snow out of a path. This could be when a parent bribes a teacher to let their child on a sports team, or pays someone to write an essay for them. Some parents adopt this style as they think their child is exceptional and they want to ensure they succeed. However, this can also lead to an expectation being placed on youngsters to be high-achievers. Where does the term snowplough parenting come from? It appears the term was first coined by former high school teacher David McCullough in 2015. He wrote a book called You Are Not Special where he explored the importance of letting kids fail. This was based on a speech … [Read more...] about What is snowplough or lawnmower parenting, where does the term come from and how does it affect children’s behaviour?
What’s the best way to raise your child? It’s a question that has provoked the publication of numerous books, and seen authors race to coin the next quirky name for a new style of parenting. This article was originally published by the conversationAnd it turns out there are many styles. To date, some of the best known include:Tiger parents, who are seen as pushing their children to succeed according to their parents’ terms.Helicopter parents, who take over every aspect of the child’s life.Snowplough parents, who remove obstacles to make life easier for their child.Free-range parents, who allow children a great deal of freedom.Attachment or gentle parents, who are relaxed but set limits in line with the child’s needs and character.Psychologists generally talk about parenting as fitting into typologies, based on the work of Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist known for her research on parenting styles.There are generally understood to … [Read more...] about Tiger, free-range – the pros and cons of popular parenting styles
FOR nine months you’ve thought about nothing but baby. You’ve bought the clothes, decorated the nursery and dreamed of the perfect name – and then the little one arrives. Two become three and life as you know it changes forever. Research shows that first-time parents argue 40 per cent more after their child is born. And 50 per cent of parents who separate do so within two years of having a child. So what can new mums and dads do to babyproof their relationship? RUTH HARRISON hears from three experts on how to survive the problems of the first year, while one couple reveals the ups-and-downs of first-time parenting.1. Spark starting to fizzle out Relationship expert Kate Taylor says: “Sex keeps the fun and affection in relationships, even during the most mundane and domestic years. “It doesn’t have to be mind-blowing, even a grabbed snog between night feeds can keep you feeling closer. “Find ways to let each other know you’re in the … [Read more...] about Family turmoil can follow the birth of your first child – so here are eight steps to safeguard your relationship