Migrating to the United States was an excellent experience though it was filled with so many uncertainties. There are many elements of the new environment that I interacted with which influenced my development. This is a regular occurrence that happens to most of the adolescents who migrate to new environments, and most of their personality trait is dependent on their immediate family. During adolescent, most of the youngsters who were once obedient begin to demand their freedom and the way they are treated by their parents will determine their future behaviour. This paper takes time to look at how the family will influence the child’s education at this stage in life.
According to Mahoney et al., (2014), for any individual to grow and attain the maximum potential that they could ever have in life, then the immediate environment will play a significant role in helping to achieve it. The qualities that many of the people possess will be drawn during the critical times of their growth. With time I have learned that this is true in so many ways. One of the greatest influences was the possibility of my family being able to finance my studies in the US. There were a variety of schools in my neighbourhood which offered different qualities of education according to one’s financial capacity. I was lucky that my parents could afford to pay for an expensive school for my studies. This was an essential step in my academic achievement at school.
Benner, Boyle, & Sadler, (2016) in their study quotes that there are many ways in which parents can be involved in the educational success of their adolescent’s children. The first one is the home base involvement in which parents will monitor their teenagers to ensure that they complete all the assignments that are given to them and reinforce activities that will help their children to concentrate on educational enrichment while at home. More so, there is the school-based involvement where parents take part in school activities such as parents associations and communicate well with the teachers to ensure that everything concerning their child is in place. My parents were one kind of active individuals who made sure that they were maximally involved in my education both at home and at school. They always followed up with the teacher to ensure that I was well-behaved and with no disciplinary issues. They were active in taking part in school events that needed parents to be around. My father only missed the parents’ organization meeting once, but he still followed up with my class teacher to guarantee that he knew what was discussed. He always made sure that I completed my homework before going to sleep and dropped me off at school on time. This helped me to always concentrate on my studies since I knew that there was someone watching me both at school and at home. With the constant encouragement, I was also able to get through the obstacles that I faced and attain quality grades.
A study that was conducted by Mahoney et al., (2014) argued that mental toughness to a great extent is contributed by the genetic makeup of the parents which helps in forming the personal characteristics of the individual in question. In this case, therefore, the mental toughness of the parents is so much likely to be reflected in the child. This is what is known as the contribution of nature to the mental growth of the child and hence their performance in class. My parents were well educated and I guess from their academic performance they were both bright in school. They, therefore, contributed a great deal to my overall genetic makeup which helped me have a high IQ. I thus have been able to perform well at school and attain high grades through their support and contribution to the overall being of my personality. The high expectations that my parents had on me propelled me to work even harder and produce quality grades back in school (Benner, Boyle & Sadler, 2016)
The study by Mahoney et al., (2015) explains four principal systems that affect the development of an individual. The first one is the microsystem which mainly refers to the effect that others and the environment have on the development of an individual, the mesosystems which are the relationship between two or more microsystems like that between family and school. The other one is the exo-systems which an example is how the demands of the work place will influence how parents will spend time with their children and lastly the macro-system which refers to the community and cultural beliefs and practices. When I was growing up, all these factors efficiently favoured my development which in so many ways supported my education and good performance while in school.
In conclusion, therefore, the family plays a critical role in the educational development of their children, and this has helped me develop in many ways. Every factor around my family worked to my favour to ensure that I performed well in school and attained quality grades. The place of family in supporting the education of their children in school should therefore never be underestimated, and more so should be given a priority in the society.
Mahoney, J., Gucciardi, D., Mallett, C., & Ntoumanis, N. (2014). Adolescent Performers’ Perspectives on Mental Toughness and Its Development: The Utility of the Bioecological Model. The Sport Psychologist, 28(3), 233-244.doi. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2013-0050
Benner, A., Boyle, D., & Sadler, A. (2016). Parental Involvement and Adolescents’ Educational Success: The Roles of Prior Achievement and Socioeconomic Status. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(6), 1053-1064.doi10.1007/510964-016-04314