A Child 's Self Esteem

3358 Words Sep 8th, 2014 14 Pages
All humans have the need to belong or be a part of something bigger than their own personal lives. Humans thrive on social interaction and it shapes us into unique individuals. Parents play a huge role in shaping their children. Studies suggest that the interaction between parent and child is closely related to a child’s self-esteem (Zakeri & Karimpour, 2011). Encouragement is necessary for a child’s development. In a study by McNair, Depledge, Brettkelly and Stanley in 1996, it was found that physical performance increases by about 5% when verbal encouragement was present. If physical performance increases with encouragement, it stands to reason that performance everywhere else will be increased as well. However encouragement does more than just increase performance, encouragement will also enable the child to see his or her potential (Rudolf, Cassel & Ferguson, 2004).
Democratic parenting has become very popular. A cross-sectional study done by Nanthamongkolchai, Ngaosusit and Munsawaengsub in 2007, showed that in a sample of 360 parents, 193 (or 55%) of those families were run in a democratic manner. In a democratic household, all family members are equals and treat one another with the same respect. Rules are discussed and modified as a family. These families are categorized as being warm, where other parenting styles are known as being cold. Children often have the ability to create their own punishments or give their input on situations. This is not…
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