1.1 explain the evolving and interdependent nature of the relationship between parents and their children
The relationship between parents and their children is always changing, starting from as soon as birth takes place – this is when a strong bond of attachments are formed and parents endeavour to meet the needs of their baby.
By the time children are two the relationship starts to change as parents start to educate children, guide them in the right direction and also start to discipline them. Parents think about their capability of setting limits for their children and start to implement rules, while providing enough freedom for their children to grow and develop.
From pre-school age through to adolescence parents start to teach their children about life and help them make sense of the actions of other people, such as their friends/peers and teachers. Parents also help their children to understand that there will be consequences to their own actions.
During adolescence the relationship between parents and their children will continues to change. Parents involve their children in more decisions, giving them wider responsibility and helping them to become completely independent, while still supporting and protecting their children too. Parents’ behaviour, thoughts and emotions rely upon those of their children, their reactions matter to each other.
Interdependent means that parents and children have shared ambitions as well as separate ambitions that will clash with each other. Because of this, parents and their children will feel stronger emotions when they interact, work together a greater amount but also will have more frequent arguments than people who do not have a close relationship. The parent-child relationship is important and individual. Parents and children have past, present and future relationships that keep changing as the parent and the child develop and learn from each other.