Outside influences aren’t something we can avoid, neither are they always easy to adjust to, but the reality is that those outside influences will always have an impact on our children, which makes it difficult for us.
Social development is something that affects us all as soon as we’re old enough to understand and communicate. It involves learning the values, skills and knowledge that help us relate to other people so that we can contribute in positive ways to those we come in to contact with, including extended family, school and through the community.
Learning also becomes extended indirectly through social relationships including friends and extended family. It is through those relationships and awareness of expectations and social values that our children begin to build a sense of who they are.
It is inevitable that as children develop socially, they will continue to respond to those outside influences. It is those influences that take an active part in shaping their relationships and their lives.
Unfortunately, if those influences have too great a negative impact, our relationship with our children may begin to struggle, as we try to continue to build our own relationship with them, based on those negative influences.
Perhaps that’s why sometimes we find ourselves having to mediate more and why sometimes that can prove difficult.