"Whilst all the world's a stage, and we are merely players, naught is so vital to the development of a child as a loving family.
The influence of parents, siblings, and extended family members has been dramatically understated for far too long; for without their care and guidance, the child will find themselves without a secure foundation on which to build themselves.
It is the responsibility of a family to provide their children with understanding, protection, and safety from the time of birth. From the moment of conception, it is essential that each participating parent understands the gravity of the moment – that their actions will shape another human being to become an independent and successful adult.
The process of development starts in the earliest stages, with an infant’s need to receive nurturance and love. It is the role of parents (and often grandparents) to satisfy this need. They can do this by providing an environment that is enriched with physical contact, love, security and stimulation.
During the school-age years, children become more independent, but they still need support from their family as they explore their identity and try out new activities. Parents should provide guidance and direction while also allowing their children to make mistakes and learn from them. During these years, siblings can provide another opportunity for learning and growth.
As adolescents, children become more independent and begin to take on more responsibility for themselves. It is important for families to provide guidance in making good decisions and understanding consequences. Families can also create an environment that allows adolescents to express themselves openly and honestly without fear of judgment or rejection.
Finally, as adults, people rely on their family as sources of support for tough times. Families should be there for them in times of need but should also allow them the space to grow into an independent adult capable of making their own decisions.
The role of family in supporting and nurturing a child’s development is undeniable – it is essential for them to learn how to become an independent and successful adult. This can be done through providing a safe environment throughout all stages of life, offering guidance while allowing room to make mistakes and explore identity, and being a source of support when needed.
So if ye be a parent, sibling or extended family member, remember thy responsibility – nurture thine children with love and understanding so that they may become the best version of themselves!”
Take action today by committing to providing your children with love, understanding, protection and support at every stage of their development - for only then will they achieve the greatest success in life!