Role of Environment in Child Development

4234 Words Mar 3rd, 2013 17 Pages

Environment literally means surrounding and everything that affect an organism during its lifetime is collectively known as its environment. It could be a physical element that includes the built in environment, natural environment - air, water, land, human environment, emotional environment, home environment and school environment amongst others.

An early childhood environment is many things: It's a safe place where children are protected from the elements and are
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Homes with a positive emotional climate produce children who trust others. A positive family environment provides consistency for strong childhood development.

The child's immediate family environment shapes a sense of stability, self-worth and worldview. Routines such as eating meals together as a family or going to the park on Sundays provide opportunities for family members to develop social relationships amongst themselves. Family rituals also promote a sense of belonging. Bedtime routines are associated with better sleep patterns amongst children. Family routines may also make it easier for children to cope with stress such as parental separation or divorce.
Maintaining a good environment at home for children is very important, as it is the first training a child gets before going in to the real world. For instance, a child starts learning from his/her home at the beginning stage. Although this seems to be a difficult job which needs lots of patience, struggle and time to mold the entire system. Some of the key aspects of discipline which your child should ideally learn in the early years are Courtesy, manners and punctuality. At home your child needs to be taught behavioral qualities, and rude behavior needs to be thwarted out. But before one concentrates his efforts on disciplining a child for misconduct, one must have a strategy, or game plan, for teaching their child how they are expected to behave.

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