Culture and Development

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Culture and Development
June 30, 2012
Roxanne Vito
Child Development
Instructor: Christina Everett

Culture and Development
An individual’s cultural values reinforced by his or her family are powerful influences on how infants and toddlers in the United States interact with others individuals, views the world around them, and the child’s development. Families strive to meet the developmental tasks of their children, which is necessary for children to develop healthy social and emotional development a child explores the world and develops his or her own identity by different family values and beliefs. “From birth and throughout childhood, the relationship between the child and the caregivers, family, and community will influence the overall social and emotional development of the child” (Leon, A. 2010. p.3. parg 2). This paper provides an overview of cultural values within family, which may influence social and emotional growth in infants and toddlers. Culture is a mixture human feelings, attitudes, thoughts, values, behavior problems, religions, language, and beliefs shared by many people who live in a certain environment. “Too often, we make assumptions about a person’s beliefs or behaviors based on a single cultural indicator, particularly race or ethnicity, when in reality, our cultural identities are a complex weave of all the cultural groups we belong to that influence our values, beliefs, and behaviors”(Zion, S. 2005. p. 3 parg. 1). Even though all children develop differently, culture influences and affects an infant and toddler in many ways, such as security, education, and socialization. The environment and nurturing plays a significant role in the type of person a child will grow up to be. For example, one child many be shy and another might be outgoing. This is become the outgoing child has had more social interaction than the other. It is extremely important that children should be able to form emotional bonds to others. If a child at...
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