It seems reasonable to claim that the issue of the development of a child is relevant and vital nowadays. There is a necessity to figure out all the basic elements of the process appropriately, appealing to the newest approaches and research practices. The below discussion will focus on the interview of Ariel Kalil – Director of the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy and Co-Director of the Behavioral Insights and Parenting (BIP) Lab at the University of Chicago. She answers the questions regarding the theme of the influence of parents on their children.
The mentioned interview consists of seven interconnected and interrelated questions, as well as comprehensive responses. The pivotal claim and thesis of Kalil – in the framework of the article – is that “parents are the single greatest influence on children” (Calderon). She argues that in the crucial years of development, a child inevitably spends most of their time with parents and caregivers. In such a context, this is more important than schooling and the impact of peers, as children tend to associate themselves with the latter. The interview then sheds light on the problem that in high-income families, parents dedicate more time and effort to upbringing children in comparison to the low-income ones.
It would be rational to say that indeed, children juxtapose their value system with parents, given that all the fundamental aspects of life, models of behavior, and visions a child absorbs from them. Then, a claim that the core problem of low-income families in this regard seems to be expressed by Kalil – parents under economic and social pressure tend not to do things they want to do to their children within the scope given (Calderon). They are likely to love and be responsible for their children, but they are too exhausted by continuous issues that arise daily. There is simply no strength by the end of the day to spend time with a child interactively.
Calderon, Andrea. “Interview: Changing Parental Behavior with Behavioral Tools Can Help Children Reach their Full Potential.” Primeros Pasos, 2018, Web.