Parental Guidance In George Herbert Mead's Stages Of Child Development

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Introduction Parental guidance is being able to carry out properly the responsibility of nurturing your child. According to Baptiste (2010), parental guidance is necessary to mold the child 's future. It is the almost invisible process by which our parents shape our lives with their unwavering support and advices. Parents are the first teachers who help children learn the norms of society so that they can become good citizens as they grow up. Every child is unique; they have distinct characteristics that differ them from each other. As children develop from infancy to adolescence to adulthood, they go through a series of changes important to all aspects of their personhood. Child development refers to the continuous process through which a person naturally grows and matures from…show more content…
Parents may be successful in guiding their children, it all depends on how they treat and raise them. As a child gains consciousness of his or her surroundings, the child looks up to the parents as role models in dealing with problems in life. In Sociology, children tend to mimic their parents which is known as the imitation stage in George Herbert Mead’s Stages of Self-Development. As cited by John B. Watson (1928) that in some cases of parental guidance, there are negative effects that arise as the child grows up like being spoiled which is caused by giving them everything they ask for even at a young age. Another is that when their parents restrict their freedom, making them feel immobile and suffocated, they tend to break the rules or hide certain things from their parents leading to parent and child gap. A positive side of parental guidance is when the child grows up to be like how the parents pictured them to grow into. This proves that supervision given by parents to their children becomes evident in their character, behavior and
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