Personality Development

of Children

Each individual is unique, and uniquely concerns our Lord. Personality development begins at conception. It is affected by heredity, prenatal and congenital factors and by the environment. Children at the age of five tend to show the same characteristics at sixteen. Personality is also influenced by the child’s own interpretation of what he experiences. The development of a child’s personality is directly affected by at least five basic needs:


1)    Physical: Early physical development affects self-acceptance.


2)    Mental: Personality is correlated with intelligence, particularly in boys. Children need intellectual stimulation, particularly during the first six years. Reading especially during second grade has a positive influence on personal and social development.