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Do you have any ideas on the determining factors how children develop? While it’s impossible to account for every influence that’s contributing to how a child would become, what researchers could do is to check and study some obvious factors. This will include but not limited to:

  • Parenting
  • Friends
  • Experiences
  • Genetics
  • Family
  • Relationship and;
  • Education

Being able to understand the role of each, it gives researchers better ideas of identifying how such influences are contributing to a child’s development.

Outside Factors

Think of the said influences as the building blocks. While majority of people have the tendency to have similar basic building blocks, the said components may be put together infinitely. Look at your personality.

How much of it was molded by genes and how much of it was influenced by life experiences?

Combination of Things

While few developmental aspects are influenced strongly by biology, environmental influences can play a vital role too. To give you an example, the timing of when onset of puberty takes place is mainly brought by heredity. However, environmental factors like nutrition may have an impact too.

With this in mind, we can’t solely rely on genetics for the child’s growth and development.