The subject of Child Development was one of my favourite parts of learning while studying Psychology, and to this day, I continue to seek out different ideas from Therapists around the world to continue my development in this field.
I believe that our childhood interaction with parents/carers contributes to the way in which we behave as an adult. As children are growing up, positive parenting improves their cognitive, social, and problem-solving skills.
Positive parenting also influences the child’s reactions and helps them become more self aware adults. Therefore, in my opinion, positive interaction and stimulation are essential in the early years.
I came across a poem, shown below, that I wanted to share with you, composed in 1972 by the US writer and family therapist, Dorothy Law Nolte.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in
themselves and others.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a
nice place in which to live.
Personally, I find the above poem ageless, imagining these and similar principles have been handed down through generations spanning throughout human history, as parents and carers try to help shape their children’s lives to become more responsible adults.