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Socialization is a lifelong learning process essential for our development as human beings Through socialization we acquire a sense of self as well as emotions Socialization is an essential factor in shaping our behavior Without socialization people wouldnt be able to learn the language symbols values and norms of the society their live in They also wouldnt be able to find their place in society Significant individuals and groups that have an impact on a persons socialization are referred to as agents of socialization As life changes and individuals go through the various stages of life their agents of socialization change as well For example the biggest influence on an infants life is their parents or guardians Almost everything an infant learns is learned from them This changes during childhood as peer groups and schools start influencing the individuals perception of themselves and others As we enter adulthood co-workers or members of other groups to which we belong church special interest groups etc replace peers Agents of socialization prepare us to take our place in society Family is a very important if not the most important agent of socialization The first few years of a childs life that child totally depends on hisher family for emotional and physical support The child learns from the environment that its family creates During this time parents also convey their political and social views to their child For example my family consisted of my parents my brother my maternal grandmother and one of my aunts While I had a much larger family those are the people that had the most influence on my life because we all lived in the same house Through their input I learned among other things about acceptable and unacceptable behaviors Specifically my parents were very concerned with punctuality They passed those values on to me by example as well as by verbally stressing the need for punctuality In fact their
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