Influence of the Family on Child Success
The influence of the family can significantly shape the overall development of the child. One area where this influence can have a strong impact is on the child’s academic achievement. According toDavis-Kean (2005), the efforts that family members put at home in terms of reinforcing the value of school and stressing the importance of academic achievement can ultimately lead to improved performance of the child and success in school. In addition, the availability of family support, the absence of violence in the home and positive family role models can empower the child to show great commitment to schoolwork and thereby succeed in his/her academic endeavors. Schmitt & Kleine (2010) also acknowledge that sustained efforts by parents or other family members in attending school meetings and events can help in monitoring the progress of the child, thereby increasing the chances of success.
Nevertheless, the influence of the family in guaranteeing success of the child can significantly change depending on various factors such as the social economic status of the child. For instance, if the child comes from a low-income family, he/she is more likely to receive less social support, as the parents spend more time looking for a stable source of income (Schmitt & Kleine, 2010). Therefore, such children have a higher probability of registering poor academic results or dropping out of school. This stands in stark contrast to children from an affluent family who are in a better position to receive the required social support and resources that can enable them to succeed at school.
In order to increase the child’s success in this changed situation, I would intervene by advising the parents or caregivers to enroll the child in social support programs such as Head Start. This program provides comprehensive childhood education, nutrition, parental involvement and health services to children from low socioeconomic status (SES) and their families. Schmitt & Kleine (2010) assert that the resources and services offered by such programs help in promoting stable family relationships, establishing an environment for developing strong cognitive skills and enhancing the child’s emotional as well as physical well-being. All these are critical for the success of the child in the school.
Davis-Kean, P. E. (2005). The Influence of Parent Education and Family Income on Child Achievement: The Indirect Role of Parental Expectations and the Home Environment. Journal of Family Psychology , 19 (2), 294 –304. httpss://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15982107
Schmitt, M., & Kleine, L. (2010). The Influence of Family-School Relations on Academic Success. Journal for Educational Research Online , 2 (1), 145–167. httpss://www.j-e-r-o.com/index.php/jero/article/viewFile/103/6
In M1: Assignment 2, you examinedan important factor contributing to a child’s success. Now with your understanding that there are many different areas of impact within the realms of family, peers, school, and community, it is helpful to explore your own experience and reaction to some of these areas of influence. It is very common for our own experiences as a child to significantly impact our interactions with children, if we are not first aware of our beliefs and reactions.
Based on your review of the influences of family, peers, schools, and community, respond to the following:
- Looking back at your own experiences and influences, analyze which of these influences had the biggest impact on your own development when you were a child or adolescent. Give reasons for your answer.
- How has this impact (for example, family or peer situation, community influence, or school environment) been influenced by the various adults in your life (parents, teachers, coaches)?
- Using the module readings, Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet, research your findings further. Respond to the following:
- Explain how your biggest influence aligns with the research. Incorporate information from at least two academic sources to support your statements and ideas. Academic sources could include your textbook, required readings for this module, or academic journal articles found in the Argosy University online library.
- Who are the major proponents (theorists past or current) of your chosen influence and how did they reach these conclusions?
- Ask two adults what or who had the most impact on them. Compare this self-report data with your experience and your research about prominent influences.
Write a 2–3-page paper in Word format. Be sure to include separate title and reference pages. Apply APA standards to citation of sources, including use of in-text citations and full references. Academic sources could include your textbook, required readings for this module, or academic journal articles found in the Argosy University online library.