Parental Influence on the Emotional Development of Children by Bethel Moges and Kristi Weber When most people think of parenting, they picture changing diapers, messy feeding times, and chasing a screaming child through a crowded grocery store. But parenting goes far beyond the requirements for meeting the basic survival needs of the child, and parents have a significant influence on how children turn out, including their personality, emotional development, and behavioral habits, as well as a host of other factors. It is important for the overall development of children that parents be present enough to support them, and this support fosters confidence and growth in many areas.
These patterns are tied to broader long-term trends in non-marital births and divorce. At the same time, the divorce rate rose sharply in the s and s and has declined since The makeup of this group has changed dramatically since the s.
Characteristics of Single Mothers Compared with all mothers with children under age 18, single mothers overall are younger, black or Hispanic, and less likely to have a college degree.
However, there are significant differences between single mothers who have never married and those who have children from previous marriages.
Never married mothers are significantly younger: Never married mothers are disproportionally racial and ethnic minorities. The two groups of single mothers also differ by education. Even though single mothers as a whole have the lowest income among all families with children, never married single mothers are particularly disadvantaged economically.
Although in some cases, these mothers may live with an unmarried partner who could potentially contribute to the household finance. For more details, see Ibid.And some objected even to discussing the topic for fear of stigmatizing single mothers and their children.
Not talking about single motherhood is scarcely an option. More than half of the children born in will spend some or all of their childhood with only one parent, typically their mother. Youngblut et al., () explored differences in parent-child and family relationships for employed and non-employed single mothers of low birth-weight and full-term preschool children.
They found that employed mothers had more positive perceptions and provided more enriching home environments for .
The fact that depressed mothers are likely to be indifferent towards their children, put them in less social situations, and generally provide less stimulation for their children, puts the children at a disadvantage for achieving normal emotional development.
A key aspect of emotional development in children is learning how to regulate emotions.
Nov 21, · A single mom wants a relationship, but she doesn’t necessarily want the burden of having to be committed full-time. Her children are her full-time commitment. And as parents age and come to want or need more from their relationship with adult children, adult children may pull away, creating greater relationship tensions.
These beliefs have been considered good predictors of parenting behaviour because they indicate the emotional climate in which children and parents operate and the health of the relationship.
In sum, parents observe their children through a filter of conscious and unconscious thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes, and these filters direct the way they perceive their children’s actions.