Helping A Child To Develop Their Personality.

By: Steve Drumm


The personality of a person is usually defined as a set of qualities, beliefs, emotions, thoughts, attitudes and concepts that differentiate him or her from other people. For decades social scientists have been trying to discover the the reason why people behave the way they do and how their personalities shape up. There is a widespread perception that if the elements responsible for shaping up an individual's personality are controlled, during the early stages of childhood itself, an individual can have a desired, well-rounded personality. The following article discusses some beliefs similar to these by looking at how personality development in young ones takes place.

Social and Personality Development in Children...
There are some theories which say that the personality of an individual is directly associated to genes. Though, why do siblings develop a completely different personality? Nobody has yet found an answer to the question. Then there is a different theory which says that it is the environment to which a baby is subjected to that makes up their personality. A child's parents, teachers, friends, contacts, his home environment, his school environment - all these have a huge influence in shaping his personality. Finally, the type of experiences a person has, as a baby, teen or a young adult, play a major role in determining their reactions, their feelings, their emotional make-up and the way they behaves.

Parental Effect...
Out of all the factors responsible for personality development in children, parental influence is the most important one. The way the parents behave with the child, how much they is allowed to socialize, the kind of culture they is subjected to by them, and the emotional make-up of their parents, all these have a great bearing on the child's mental growth. In early childhood, all children ape their parent's mannerisms. Children learn a lot about socialization from the way their parents interact with their friends, neighbors, acquaintances, etc. If the parents are social, the same traits will most probably be imbibed in the children. Thus, parents should take care to become good role models and provide the child with the best environment, where they gets ample opportunities to develop their personality.

Home Environment...
The first time a baby begins to know their emotions is through his mother. A child learns about love, care, support and help, through her. Thereafter, they develop a variety of forms of emotions, both positive as well as negative. Happiness, fear, anxiety, jealousy, anger and shyness - a child starts displaying all these quite early on. Again, it is up to the parents to make sure the child incorporates the positive emotions in their personality and stays away from the negative ones. a child needs both their parents, mother as well as father to develop their personality. An absentee father or someone who stays away from home for a long periods of time, can have a negative effect on the child. To ensure that a child turns out to be a confident, positive person, there are some other things that we as parents should avoid, including being too authoritative, attempting to discipline the child too much, reprimanding the child often, punishing them severely, criticizing the child, discouraging him, comparing him with others and giving preference to one child over the other child.

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I have been making childrens kitchens or many years and it is still the best sight in the world when you see the childrens faces light up when you give them a wooden toy to play with.

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