Connecting and interacting with others in childhood can help you become a better person by molding and developing your adult character, a new study reveals.
The early relationships help people learn to think beyond themselves as well as to understand the values and desires of others.
Dr. Theodote K. Pontikes, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Loyola University Health System, said that as human beings, people are social creatures at every developmental stage, from infancy to adulthood and different goals are needed to achieved at each stage, with respect to social and moral development, and each was important towards contributing to how well one functions as an adult.
Companionship and learning begins in infancy through early interactions with family and other primary caregivers and as a child grows and explores the world outside the home and interacts with peers, he or she begins to understand social mores.
The research established that as important as friendships are to children, it's even more important for parents to remain involved in their kids' lives and children need to feel safe that they could be open and honest with their parents about their joys, struggles and concerns.