As a child grows and develops, his or her first human interactions are typically with family members and associated caregivers. These first contacts are vital for the development of a child’s socialization skills as well as teaching children how to have a better understanding of themselves and of people around them.
Because children learn by observing, family members and caregivers are also the main influencers that determine how a child will socialize and learn—contributing to their overall physical, social and intellectual development. Having loving family and caregivers around helps a child build a solid foundation that will affect their future relationships, work, health and sense of self.
As soon as a baby is born, family members and caregivers can play a huge role in a child’s overall development in the following ways: