Every individual has the capability to influence other people especially to the younger ones.
Every child learns his first word, crawls, walks, until he has the ability to stand up on his own strength in a place called home. At their young age, their eyes and minds are so much sensitive to the way people act, respond to every conversation, deal with certain circumstances inside the house and to the way parents discipline them while they are young. They start to see and observe the real happenings in the world.
As observed in the younger generation of today, a lot of children behave inappropriate in certain situation, don’t want to be corrected, seems to be annoying and have no respect to the older ones. Many parents desire that their kids would be obedient to their advises and teachings yet why do these children still perform such behaviors?
Well, there are factors that affect child’s mental development which every one can see it in their behavior. It is important to realize why do they misbehave. It would be easier for every parent or guardian to be an effective counselor to their child by knowing these five factors:
1. Biological Factors
o Children’s behavior is definitely affected by traits inherited from their parents. Although subject to change by outside influences, a child’s personality, his likes and dislikes, and temperament are in place by the time he is a toddler.
2. Social Factors
o Once a child is exposed to peers on an everyday basis, as in school, her behavior is impacted by the influence of others. Because of a desire to be accepted in the group, a child may act in ways she would not at home. Children with strong wills may try to assert their dominance in a group with words or physical action, such as threats and intimidation.
3. Emotional Factors
o Emotional issues have an influence on children’s behavior. If a child is diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), for example, his behavior may be erratic. Even the medication for ADD and ADHD can cause irritability and sadness. This may lead to a child withdrawing or acting out with inappropriate behavior.
4. Environmental Factors
o The home environment can influence children’s behavior negatively or positively. In homes where there is frequent domestic turmoil, a child may behave a certain way in reaction to the lack of security she feels. An unsafe school environment can cause similar behavior. Teasing and other bullying actions are often manifested by children who do not have secure home and/or school surroundings.
5. Parental/Home Factors
o Children’s behavior is strongly influenced by factors such as physical, sexual and mental abuse suffered at the hands of parents or other family members. Children of abuse have a strong chance of repeating the cycle of abuse when they are adults if they do not receive counseling or therapy. Children may not behave according to accepted norms if they act out of anger and depression resulting from what they have experienced.
Showing a good example in every simple way to a child can create a huge impact in developing their mind in the way they behave as they should be.