Essay on Children. How We Influence on Them

Have you ever wondered how or why children may have many disabilities, personalities, or behaviors? Years of research has gone into figuring out how children may have these various problems while developing. Evidence has shown that influences the infant may have been exposed to came from before, during, or after forming in the mother’s womb, causing infants to have these issues. This evidence shows that many influences or occurrences that happen during child development can affect infants. Early influences on infants can affect them in health, social, and physical ways. Many of these influences can be known or unknown, and they may affect mothers and their lifestyles. 

There is a plethora of social influences on infants that can affect them while they experience new things and grow into the world. Many of these influences come from the mothers, and they can affect how the infant begins to have a personality. One example of this is the Antisocial behavior disorders (ABD’s) mothers may have during pregnancy. A study, tested by researchers, have discovered that mothers with ABD’s have better-adapted infants during self-direction, showing that although mothers may have few mental issues and disabilities, it can positively affect the outcome of the children. Another example of social influences babies may get from their mothers is a large attachment to them early on, and mothers promote maternal responsiveness through everyday interactions with them. Socially, children get of their characteristics early through these influences. 

Health is one of the most important factors parents worry about while raising their children. They may always wonder how to give their child the most health benefits, and prevent them from becoming ill, starting at such an early stage of life. Many parents can find themselves researching ways to parent their children, according to Craig Good in his list of “Baby Myths”. He goes through a list of advice and mysteries parents may have about upbringing their children, including microwaving breast milk, types of diapers, or even potty training at the correct time period. These influences that parents may give their children while growing up can affect how a child’s health. Doing these impacts can negatively or positively impact the lives of children. 

Research has shown that preterm babies may generally be smaller than the average size of babies, and may have a greater risk to cerebral palsy, hearing, and sight problems. These issues may come from problems the mother may have during conceiving. There also may be neurodevelopmental abnormalities for preterm babies. Nora Schultz says, “Infants born preterm are particularly vulnerable to procedural stress and pain exposure during neonatal intensive care, at a time of rapid complex brain development.” Mothers may also have issues with drugs or drinking during pregnancy, causing the infants to have a difficult future, or even miscarriages. Both of these examples provide a clear understanding that mothers are the main influence and causes of children to have complications, whether the causes were definite or purposeful. 

There are many beliefs when it comes to how an infant begins to develop through their stages of life, but many are incorrect. For example, many mothers believe that infants have little control over their actions and emotions, but according to an experiment, this information is not correct. In the Still Face Task, researchers have discovered that babies develop social behaviors around the age of two-months-old, and they can create expectations to reactions and understand how their behavior affects others from maternal reactions. Another belief that is spread widely among mothers is that all “crack babies” will miscarry while the maternal is on drugs, but this is also not the case.

The New England Journal of Medicine confirms that infants exposed to cocaine during development can cause behavioral and learning problems. The publisher states, “There is evidence that cocaine use increases the chance of spontaneous miscarriage or a low-birth-weight baby. But any later deficits were caused not by crack but by lack of prenatal care, poverty, and malnutrition.” Negative connotations between the two pieces of evidence show that influences on infants can prove that some issues may not be as bad as they are thought of, and although these influences may not have the most positive effects on the children, it is evident that are able to make the babies health adequate enough for survival. 

In conclusion, there are many diverse reasonings for a child to have attributes they may have later in life. Lasting effects carry on from early on in an infant’s life. Although the products of these influences are not evident until the child is able to be seen, they can dramatically affect our future generations. Mothers must be conscious of the potential issues or mis-happenings that may happen to their children, because these influences can be very abrupt. Although parenthood can be very difficult, the importance of making sure children have the most carefree lives. Mothers should be sure to make the right choices and actions, for they may affect their pride and joys: children.