Unfortunately, it is no easy matter to be a parent and properly raise a child. Parental negligence is a widespread phenomenon affecting thousands of children all other the world.
They tend to lose their vigilance all the time, letting their children do what they want. Apparently, it can be a good opportunity for a child to learn more about the physical world. Still, if a child is neglected infrequently, it can lead to unpleasant repercussions in the future. An adult is expected to be prone to an inferiority complex if they were ignored or mistreated in the past.
The Research Details
This research proved to be amazing in terms of its observational potential. It was more convenient to resort to an unobtrusive observation because, not being a parent, it is hard to foresee what is going to happen and make a checklist accordingly.
A natural observation may serve as a great source of material for future evaluation (USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, 2008).
There were three places under consideration where families with children usually gather: an adventure playground, a cafe, and a zoo. Three situations in different locations are to be thoroughly discussed to illustrate the issue of the research.
The Situation In The Playground
Observation at the playground was fruitful; children of all ages played together without any instruction from their parents’ side.
It was a pity to watch older children dominating the younger ones. There was a case where a ten-year-old slapped a baby girl in the face and she burst into tears crying.
The baby’s parents just reprimanded the boy and did not try to find his parents. Psychologists agree that parents should engage in such a situation. The parents demonstrated negligence by not watching their kids and not trying to connect and discuss the problem.
“Parental negligence impacts the narcissistic personality and aggression among young adults” (Kanishka & Pandey, 2018). These two children are likely to have problems with self-esteem and public behavior public in the future, but nobody can predict in what direction it will swing.
The Situation In The CAFE
Another example of parental negligence was observed in the chosen cafe. Three families were summoned to celebrate one of the children’s birthdays. Some twins obviously felt that the adults did not pay any attention to them. As everybody forgot about their presence, the girls started surfing the Internet upstairs. Occasionally, they blocked the way by sitting on the staircase. As somebody tried to kindly ask them to leave, the girls started swearing. They took advantage of being unnoticed by their parents.
These girls are bound to get addicted to the Internet. Besides, they are already confident enough to insult others.
The Situation In The ZOO
Last but not least, in the zoo, one boy was noticed eating food for animals that one can buy to feed herbivorous mammals. Although his parents strolled beside him, they did not want to stop him from overeating.
This boy is sure to acquire an inferiority complex indirectly because of his probable obesity.
Parental negligence puts into question the future success and self-esteem of a child.
Negligence turned out to affect children indirectly via aggression, obesity and addictions they can acquire with a lack of parental care and advice.
The results of the natural observation applied to show that parents should draw more attention to their children and advise them accordingly in order to eliminate the risk of cultivating a problematic adult.
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