Family Dynamics and Childhood Development

FamilyDynamics and Childhood Development

FamilyDynamics and Childhood Development

Salmon,C. (2008).Family relationships: An evolutionary perspective.Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Inthe book FamilyRelationships,Salmon gives a deep insight into the various family dynamics andevents during the childhood period that are usually instrumental inshaping out the characters and the general development of a child.The books seek to provide an extensive analysis, supported withevidence of varied family setups, practices, parenting styles andvalues that can be of much influence to a child’s demeanor.

Salmondescribe a family dynamic as a pattern of interaction amongst membersof a family. Some of the examples of family dynamics include birthorder or placement in the family, parent’s childhood life andfamily setups like divorced or separated parents amongst others. Itis important to note the uniqueness of these family dynamics in everyfamily. However, there are some common patterns that are present inmost families.

Thebook pinpoints the fundamentality of family patterns to the behaviorsand social development of children. The following are the examples oflearned skills that may influence a child through a given familydynamic emotional coping, conflict resolution, communication andsocialization. In that regard, it is important for the caregivers tounderstand that child’s behavior is acquired through theirrelationships and interactions. Family relationships advocate for thenecessity of participation of the entire family system towards achild’s development.

Childrenshould not only be loved, but they should also be made to understandwhy they are loved. What makes one child feel loved might not be thesame to another child. Creating a pattern of behavior between aparent and a child that makes the child feel appreciated is crucialin enabling the child develop good self-esteem, positive socialskills and communication skills. Discipline, rules, reward andrecognition should be implemented uniformly in a family by caregiversand other adults in a child’s life.


Salmon,C. (2008). Family relationships: An evolutionary perspective. Oxford:Oxford University Press