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Modern Child Development Influences

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Janet Vint

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Modern Child Development Influences
Modern Child Development Influences

Janet Vint
ECE 205 Week 2 Discussion 2
Instructor - Alan Reitman
August 6th, 2014

The influence that I have chosen for modern child development is culture.

As stated in our textbook, "Culture is the collective knowledge, beliefs, values, behaviors, and practices of a group of like people. It is usually handed down from generation to generation through both formal and informal means" (Groark, McCarthy, & Kirk, 2014).
How Culture Impacts Children Physically
When it comes to the physical impacts of culture on children one thing that it can effect is their body. Sometimes these children have certain expectations upon them. When these expectations are not meet it can cause stress for the children, thus making them possibly eat more and be less active. If those children are to become obese, it will impact the way they do activities. For example, if a child has become obese that child may not participate in group activities at school or at home in fear of being made fun of.
How Culture Impacts Children Socially
According to Child Development Perspectives "Children in
cultures such as those of Australia, China, Mexico, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States differ in the display of prosocial-
cooperative and aggressive behaviors". (Chen & Eisenberg, 2012)
How Children are Affected emotionally by Culture
When children are brought up in a culture such as a bigamist home, children are home schooled and do not have much interaction with other people than those that are living in the household. But, their families are much closer and they tend to have a stronger bond within relationships.
How Children are Affected Cognitively by Culture

Personally, I believe that when children are brought up in a certain culture when they are young they really do not understand much of it and in turn they are taught to go along with pre-set ideas instead of coming up with them on their own.
How Knowing a Child's Culture Can Help Professionally
When you are a teacher it is very important to known and at least understand a little bit about a child's culture. For example, if a child'c culture does not participate in Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine's Day then you should be aware of this so that you can send a note home. In doing so, you are making the parent(s) aware of the planned activity so they can decide if they want their child to participate or not.

Groak, C. McCarthy, S. & Kirk, A. (2014) Early child development : From theory to practice. Bridgepoint Education: San Diego, CA.

Chen, X., & Eisenberg, N. (2012). Understanding Cultural Issues in Child Development: Introduction. Child Development Perspectives, 6(1), 1-4. doi:10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00217.x

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