Socialization In The Context Of The Family: Parent And Child Interaction.

Individual socialization is a lifelong process that is determined by many factors. Among the variety of factors that affect a person’s social life, the social group with which a person comes in contact is an influencing factor.

The “process where a child becomes a social being” is the most precise and comprehensive definition of socialization. The term socialization implies that individuals live in a social world – within a group.

Many factors determine if a child becomes a social being in the family. Amongst other factors is “Parenting Style.” Raising a child is vital in determining how such a child will deal with people outside the home”. Kindly continue reading to know the effect of parenting styles on a child’s ability to socialize. 

Authoritative Parenting Style

SOCIALIZATION IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FAMILY PARENT AND CHILD INTERACTION

Authoritative parents are parents who believe in rules and regulations. They rarely spend time with their kids to talk, and when they do, it gives instructions or punishes for kids’ disobedience. This parenting style believes in discipline than dialogue.

Kid raised by these parents believe in principles, always busy, rarely finding it time to associate, they see everything as a competition with their peers. You do not expect a child raised with strict rules to magically start socializing (which in most cases involves breaking the rules).

Authoritarian Parenting Style

SOCIALIZATION IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FAMILY PARENT AND CHILD INTERACTION

Authoritarian parents are like authoritative parents, set limits and enforce standards. However, unlike authoritative parents, authoritarian parents are very responsive or nurturing. Also, authoritarian parents encourage their kids to ask questions, explaining the rationale behind the rules. Communication exists in the home.

Kids raised by Authoritarian parents get both strict training and emotional support. They already understand the balance of life that enables them to adapt when socialization is required quickly.

Permissive Parenting Style

Permissive parents are emotionally warm but reluctant to enforce rules or standards of conduct.

Kids raised by these parents are usually outspoken, social even to a fault; they feel less intimidated. However, they also lack the right to approach things and communicate with people, especially outside their age. They talk when asked and when not asked. As much as being social is great, it becomes a problem when it is done without control.

Uninvolved Parenting Style

SOCIALIZATION IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FAMILY PARENT AND CHILD INTERACTION

These types of parents lack both discipline and feeling. They are strangers to what is going on in the life of their kids. Aside from being social outside the home, these kids lack socialization from home.

Kids raised uninvolved parents might end up being social. 

Conclusion

Parenting style represents a significant role in children’s socialization. Unknowing to parents, they make the mistake of raising their kids in the way they see fit without paying attention to the kid’s needs. It is, however, not too late to get things right. With the help of some qualities as shown by authoritarian parents (Discipline, communication, rewarding, and monitoring.), a child can be all they want to be.

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