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What Is The Role Of Parents In A Child’s Development? How Can They Help?

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Parents play the most crucial part in their children's overall development. The development of a child's character is dependent on parental direction. Parenting is a never-ending task. It's not something you can avoid once the time comes, because children need their parents to keep them on course from time to time. Here's everything you need to know about parents' roles in their children's growth.





The Importance of Parents' Roles in Child Development


Parenting and child growth are inextricably linked. The proverbs "the apple does not fall far from the tree" and "the branch grows as the twig develops" can both be used to explain the effects of parenting techniques on child development and growth.


All development is intertwined and cannot be classified into neat categories. So let's concentrate on how parents can play an active role in ensuring that the child's growing years are worthwhile. Parents play a vital, ever-changing, and responsive role in their children's development. It controls a child's reactions, activities, reasoning, and decision-making in the following domains.


  • Cognitive Development: Positive parenting improves children's cognitive, social, and problem-solving abilities as they grow older. Positive parenting has an impact on their responses and helps them develop into better people as they grow older. In the early years, interaction and stimulation are crucial. It's all about recognising problems, dealing effectively with all situations, and developing traits like discipline, time management, and effective problem-solving through simple home routines.


  • Socio-Cultural Development: Children witness spouse contact and how family disputes are resolved. It instils in them a number of positive ideals that are essential to their development. The child learns how to interact with others, how to work together toward a common goal, how to develop team spirit, how to choose the right friends, and much more.


  • Physical Development: The achievement of age-related milestones isn't the only objective. Through play-and-learn, children learn about being healthy, exercising regularly, working as part of a team, eating the right foods, and growing in a safe environment. Parents who provide appropriate guidance can instil in their children a healthy exercise and diet regimen that will help them achieve optimal physical development. It's important for parents to remember that children lead by example.


  • Mental Development: Parenting styles can help a child learn in new ways, accept setbacks and overcome them, understand discipline, receive criticism, and understand the concept of reward and punishment. It shapes their thoughts by governing their responses to stimuli.


  • Spiritual Development: Understanding religion, praying, understanding right from wrong, being empathetic, having the appropriate ethical principles, appreciating your parents, and boosting goal-setting empower children's free spirits. Instilling in your children a feeling of purpose by teaching them to be more accepting and believing in the greater good. Allow children to investigate spirituality on their own rather than forcing them to follow a particular faith.

Clearly, parents play a huge role in their child's development. Children tend to look up to their parents and mirror them. Now let's explore this concept in a different light. What if you were told that you can help your child with therapy at home? That's right! You don't have to reach out to other people, jump from one therapist to another, or wait out during therapy sessions having no idea how to help. It is pretty common for parents to feel helpless throughout this whole journey and rightfully so since they don't get to actively participate in the treatment process.


This is where parent-mediated therapy triumphs over regular therapy. Parents become the facilitator in this type of therapy, get to directly be a part of the therapy process and in turn, also understand their child better. Not to worry, parents don't get blind-sighted or left hanging in the therapy process, they are guided by experienced therapists and professionals throughout. Let's take a look


What is parent-mediated therapy, and how does it work?


Parents learn treatment techniques from specialists and administer particular therapies to their own children through parent-mediated therapy. This method provides constant reinforcement and teaching to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) throughout the day. Parents can also undertake some therapy with children who are at risk of developing autism but are not yet diagnosed.


What are some of the advantages of using a parent as a mediator?


  1. Parents may learn to encourage their children at home and improve their child's talents, according to research.

  2. It is inexpensive and time-saving.

  3. Children can more quickly generalise and preserve the abilities they learn.

  4. Parents have a more positive outlook on their child's future and are less stressed.


Parent-mediated therapy can become the next thing with the type of convenience it offers. Would you be willing to try this form of therapy?


That is all for this blog. We'll be posting more blogs on parent-mediated therapy so make sure to check them out! Check out some of our other blogs on our website --> Read Blogs


We, at Daffodil Health, are introducing our new 'DH Home Therapy' program which is a parent-mediated therapy program for children with developmental difficulties/ delays. If you want to learn more about our home therapy program, fill out this form and we'll reach out to you!






Daffodil Health is creating an ecosystem to help families and parents of kids with special needs. In the same endeavour, we have launched parent training events and a marketplace for learning aids, toys, and much more.


Follow the link to know about all the Upcoming Parent Training Events.

Follow this link to look at all the products that can be helpful for your child.


Hope you find all the resources useful. If you want to contribute to Daffodil Health's mission or become a part of the team, please reach out to team@daffodilhealth.com. We would love to get you on board and work together towards unlocking the 10% workforce potential.

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