Child Development Is An Inevitable Process For All Children

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There will come a time when a child learns how to sit, stand, talk and walk on his/her own. Children are adventurous specimen in the midst of child development. Child development is a process that all children encounter in order to reach their developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are sets of skills every child will learn at specific periods in his/her childhood. Because every child is unique, developmental milestones are not due to be achieved at the same time. Child development is contingent on (but not solely) the way in which a parent decides to raise his/her child. A parent can decide to raise a child using one of the following parenting style techniques: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive-indulgent and…show more content…
In the mid-twentieth century, Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist, conducted an extensive research experiment on parent-child interactions in the home (Baumrind 1967). Upon the conclusion of the experiment, Baumrind developed the theory that there were four parenting styles that accounted for child development: authoritarian, authoritative, permissive-indulgent and permissive-uninvolved. Authoritarian parents set strict rules and demand obedience from their children. Authoritative parents set clear expectations and high standards, but are still responsive to their children’s opinions. Permissive-Indulgent parents have an abundance of parental warmth, but provide no consequences for their children’s misbehavior. Permissive-Uninvolved parents are similar to permissive-indulgent parents, but these parents display no parental warmth. Within the four parenting styles, Baumrind recognized that there were four dimensions of parent-child interactions: parental control, maturity demands, clarity of communication and nurturance. Parental control is in relation to a parent establishing and enforcing certain rules. Maturity demands concern a parent’s expectation for his/her children to work to their full potential. Clarity of communication is a parent’s willingness to communicate with his/her children and take their opinions into consideration. Nurturance is related to parental expressions of warmth and approval, as well as the children’s
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