Parent Involvement and Educational Outcomes

by Idalia Stillman, July 2015

1200 words

4 pages


Parent Involvement and Educational Outcomes

Parental acts of child orientation are a great contributing factor to children’s future behaviours and attitudes especially in areas such as social and educational interactions. Some of the parental mechanisms of child upbringing involve support and closeness, hostility and distance. These are determinant factors to the way children in their later ages of teen or post-teen will form friendships and interact with age-mates especially in schools. A child who has been oriented by harsh parents in an unfriendly environment is likely to react in the same manner towards friends and experience difficulty in getting along with other social groups.

On the other hand, children who are raised closely by parents and experience parental consistent warmth even amidst some level of strictness are way further at ease in engaging at social interaction groups such as friendship cycles, and become more open-minded in educational institutions such as, finding it easy to interact with teachers and fellow students and participate in extra-curricular school activities like sports, music and drama festivals and school clubs. Furthermore, parents who let their children frequently visit other family members such as grandparents, cousins and elder siblings are more likely to shun cowardice, thus easy for them to develop leadership skills in their entire lifetimes, beginning from the minor friendship groups within home estates and then in educational bodies. Palmer (2001, p.1)

Children sensitivity to their parental experiences greatly establishes either positive social growth or development or builds up social and psychological distress from childhood throughout to adulthood. This affects an individual’s entire well-being. In essence, it is well-proven that people who are always aggressive in life and are not scared to express their personal views, feelings and ideas are originally from a strong ego-centric parental upbringing and orientation.

The empirical-related research indicates that children or teen’s strong social support help in promoting skills of social development and shuns off the personality built up on negative feeling of social abandonment, fear and loneliness.

In addition, parental and family hostility among children greatly leads to long-term problems and effects such as mental distress, poor school work performance and violent behaviours. I do believe this is very true because many are the times parents may be surprised why their child is continually sent home from school due to disciplinary cases such as fighting and injuring other students at their early teen age. The same group of parents may be quick to blame the child and even add up on seriously disciplining them yet the child becomes even more hostile. However, when the child is closely monitored and questioned, it is highly possible that he/she was raised in harsh circumstances or very unfriendly environment. In this case, the child grows up …

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