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The family, which is the most central institution to the primary socialization of children, is a significant context for the development of children values. One basic task and responsibility of the parents is the socialization of their children into a system of values and beliefs concerning self and society. This role is so fundamental to the society’s expectations about family life, although in some instances it is taken for granted.

Children get easily influenced by the attitudes and values of parents, teachers and other adults in the society. Children behaviors as well as what they recognize as important is influenced by the values of the adults in their life (Chilampikunnel, 2010). The great influence of parents to children is attributed to that they have the primary responsibility of raising their children and also that they spend most of the time and opportunity with the children. Also, the powerful affective bonds between parents and children are also fundamental in influencing children as that may make children particularly receptive to parental influence. The psychoanalytic and behavioral (social learning) theory approaches by parents emphasize the importance of early life experiences in the family on children’s moral socialization (Lerner, Liben & Mueller, 2015). Successful socialization in the household is also conceptualized regarding the children’s accommodation to and compliance with parent’s expectations and values. Children do not just accommodate everything from their parents, they, however, take an active role in creating meaning, interpreting as well as responding to them and thus may influence the parent’s actions and behavior.

Therefore, considering influence in a family is a bidirectional process, the values and attitudes of both parents and children must influence the other positively. Parents must strive to build a strong affective bond between them and children. Adverse influences in the family may result in negative attitudes and actions including the occurrence of parenticide or filicide. These incidents are common among family members who do not appreciate or value the family or may be triggered by the occurrence of an event that a family member does not understand how to handle.


Chilampikunnel, M. A. (2010). A Manual for Parents, Teachers, and Principals on Early Childhood Education. Xlibris Corporation.

Lerner, R. M., Liben, L. S., & Mueller, U. (2015). Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science, Cognitive Processes (Vol. 2). John Wiley & Sons.

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