Impact of Parental Role in Child Development and Education

It is a very well-established fact that the role of parents matter greatly when it comes to a child’s education and development. There is no specific manual or strategy for the parents to ensure the upbringing of a child as a happy, confident, outspoken, and caring individual.

However, there is one aspect that is a necessary ingredient for the healthy upbringing of the child i.e. healthy parent involvement.

Uninvolved parenting usually referred to as, neglected parenting, involves the lack of parents’ responsiveness to their child’s needs and requirements.

Uninvolved parents do not pay attention to children’s demands and are often uninterested, unconcerned or completely neglectful. Uninvolved parenting is not only disastrous for a child’s early development but also impacts a child’s education negatively and destructively.

Effects of Uninvolved Parents in Child Education

Parenting styles have a huge impact on child outcomes such as educational performance, social skills, and various traits of a child’s personality. Research have shown that children with uninvolved parents are poor in almost all areas of life. They may exhibit deficiencies in:

  • cognitive skills,
  • social skills,
  • emotional skills, and
  • stable personalities.

The involvement of caretakers makes the nurturing of toddlers healthy and fruitful. Such children grow up to be mentally and physically strong individuals. On the other hand, lack of involvement of parents causes various personality issues among children making it very difficult for them to cope up with the ever-changing demands of society.

It is prominently observed that children with uninvolved parents, as a result of not getting responsiveness from the parents, grow up to have attachment issues later in life. They are either overly attached or highly unattached to people.

As they grow up and go to school, this complete lack of boundaries at home makes it extremely difficult for them to behave appropriately. They find it difficult to learn required behaviors, worthy lessons, and a healthy approach to communicate with teachers, peers, and school administration. Such children are more likely to misbehave with everyone around them.

When a child steps out of the house for pre-school it is necessary for the parents to stay involved. Going to pre-schools is generally the first experience of the child in getting out of his/her comfort zone. It is also the first experience of the parents of letting the child away from them.

The introduction of pre-school in a child’s life does not mean that the involvement of parents is no longer required. They are still required as an active facilitator to ensure the productive learning of their children. They are required to keenly monitor their child’s actions and activities.

The child reads a book alone unsupervised
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How to Respond:

The involvement of parents is undeniably important for the personality as well as educational development of the child. Parents need to break unhealthy patterns in order to stop them from transmitting from generation to generation. There are some strategies for the parents to increase their involvement in the child’s life.

Learn about healthy parenting styles:

Parents can read parenting books, visit related websites, and related articles. Look for ways to communicate with the child productively. Show interest in their games while they play, engage in their school activities, and regularly monitor their performance in the school.

Parents can also go for parenting classes if required. There is plenty of training available globally for parents to learn effective parenting styles and strategies.

Mother and toddler playing together
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Get Involved: 

It is important for parents to understand that their involvement is highly essential till the child reaches adulthood. Get involved in every possible way so that the child never feels left out or neglected.  

Make an active and obvious effort to spend more time with the child. Act as their friends so that they can share their feelings and insecurities without any fear. Listen to them and learn how they feel about certain situations. Give them undivided attention so that they feel loved and appreciated.

Concluding Thoughts:

Uninvolved parenting is far from ideal parenting. Parents need to get involved in order to ensure the healthy physical and mental health of the child. Confident, emotionally stable, disciplined, and strong children can only be created under the supervision of the parents. No school, tutor, or instructor can teach the child manners better than parents.

Support children so that they can grow up to be loving, caring, compassionate, and disciplined individuals.


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