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Amanda's Baby Book
Transcript of Amanda's Baby Book
1. How long was your mom in labor?
2. What was your birth weight and length?
Weight: 7 lbs.3 oz.
Length: 20.5 in
4. How many months old were you when you learned to sit up?
5. How old were you when your first tooth came in?
4 months. My mom says I was a very early tooth-grower!
6. How old were you when you took your first step?
7. When were you officially potty trained?
About 1 year
8. When did you lose your first tooth?
5 years. I distinctly remember having my dad flick the tooth out in seconds.
9. Compare your development for items #4, 5, and 6 with the averages.
10. Create a timeline of the average brain development.
11. Discuss myelination and at which point you might personally be affected.
12. What is your current vision?
13. Define “puberty." Based on the characteristics of puberty, explain whether adolescence comes at a fixed age for all.
15. Draw up a “compare/contrast” list between males and females for all the physical changes in both genders’ adult years. Define all terms, and provide results or consequences wherever appropriate.
1. Admit to and explain your greatest humility, a specific time when you performed or experienced adolescent egocentrism, personal fable, and imaginary audience.
30. Write a short paragraph explaining “where you are” regarding James Marcia’s theory of development. Fore extra credit (5 points), write a second paragraph explaining where your teacher is regarding James Marcia’s theory of development. Make sure you explain why you think you (and your teacher) are place specifically.
32. Look at the temperament theory” and Thomas and Chess’ temperament categories. Explain what type of child you were.
I was definitely an easy child. I rarely ever cried when disturbed, and was very easy going with regular habits and, overall, a positive mood. I was ready to meet and adapt to new situations. Especially as my family moved a lot when I was younger, I was able to adapt to these different arrangements very well, and didn’t cry when I didn’t get something, like a toy or food, that I wanted.
33. Write a personal journal about why states #5 and #6 of Erikson’s eight stages of personality development may be the highest hurdles to jump in life. Think about your middle school and high school years and what’s to come in your post-high schools years. Include physical, emotional, and cognitive aspects, and explain how these all fit into Erikson’s stages #5 & #6.
16. What was your first word?
"Ma Ma" (Equivalent of "Mom" in Chinese)
17. When did you first say this word?
Around 10 months
18. Why was this word your first?
My mom didn't work, so I would definitely have been exposed more to my Mom during the day time. Also, I would hear my sister say "Ma Ma" more often than I would hear my sister say "Ba Ba," so I probably imitated her. Also, my mom would speak to me more.
19. Were there any funny sounds, words, and/or phrases you used to use?
No, I didn't use any strange words, perhaps because my sister and parents used very little "baby talk" around me.
20. If so, what were these sounds, words, and/or phrases suppose to mean?
21. Did you experience any language barriers during language formation (i.e. stuttering, lisps, etc.)?
23. Who were you most attached to and why?
24. Define “imprinting” and explain whether this theory supports your attachment.
25. Where there any objects that you formed attachments with?
Turdy the Turtle. He would later lead to a many-year-long obsession with turtles.
26. Were these attachments formed similar to Harlow’s “contact comfort”?
27. Explain the overall effects of having no attachments in one’s childhood.
My mom and dad weren’t sure what to name me. It was actually a family friend who suggested the name, “Amanda.” My middle name, Kate, was suggested by my sister. I also have a Chinese name which was chosen because the syllables sounded close to my English name: Tang Kai (from “Kate”) Di (from the “da” in “Amanda”)
My parents had debated calling me Zoe. If I had been a boy, my parents would probably have named me Andrew.
My mom had already had one child (my older sister), but she still wasn’t prepared for the bout of morning sickness she went through with me. Every day, she felt terribly nauseous. It was so bad that she couldn’t even drive for fear of throwing up. My mom was still active and exercised, but she would often have to stay in bed, too. In her own words, “I hated being pregnant.” Luckily, I didn’t kick very much, for if I’m sure kicking would not have helped my mom feel any better.
I got contacts in 7th grade (age 11) and my prescription has stayed relatively the same (Left eye: -1.5, Right Eye: -.75). I don't wear them every day, though, because I can still naturally see quite well.
Puberty is when an individual is first able to physically reproduce, as females begin menstruation and males begin to produce live sperm. It is accompanied by a period called “adolescence,” when individuals physically and, often, emotionally and mentally change. Adolescence and puberty do not come at a fixed rate for all, as, for example, some girls may develop breasts sooner than others. However, adolescence does tend to begin in an individual between the ages of eleven and fourteen.
Because my dad worked long hours, I was surrounded mostly by my mom and my sister. I was attached most to my mom, because she was the one who cared for me during every waking hour. I also became very attached to my sister, however, who was old enough (there's a six year age difference) to also teach me and watch over me.
I believe I am in identity moratorium and am actively trying to find an identity. Being brought up in a mix of Chinese and American cultures, I’m very stuck between many identities. There is a small potential of me reaching identity foreclosure, as my parents really want me to pursue law or medicine. However, being exposed to more American ideals, my parents do give me the freedom to pursue what I enjoy, which is more performing-arts focused. I also find myself enjoying many things, such as psychology and statistics, and I want to be able to explore these subjects further before truly settling on a chosen path. My ideals, however, I believe have been achieved, as I have strong, chosen ideals that I follow in my life. Due to outside pressure and a need to further explore, I believe I have yet to truly feel confident in who I am and what I want to do with my life.
My teacher, however, I believe is in identity achievement. Mrs. Acquard is a very successful psychology teacher at both the high school and college level. She is evidently very knowledgeable and passionate about her subject, and seems to be confident with herself and her chosen path of life.
As Harlow’s Monkey experiment demonstrated, having no attachment and no contact comfort results in later, often irreparable, damage. Individuals without attachments often express little desire to mate, and those that do usually become neglectful and abusive parents themselves. They also often lack curiosity of the world around them, and are more reclusive, as opposed to extroverted and eager to explore the environment.
Avg. Age of Sitting Up: 6 months
Avg. Age of Tooth Coming In; 6 months
Average Age of First Steps: 10 months
For the most part, I was a very average baby! I sat up at 6 months and took my first steps at 10 months. My mom was right regarding my teeth, however. My teeth came in two months earlier than average.
Imprinting is when a very young individual, during his/her critical period, acquires behaviors from the parent. This is definitely true for me. Even now, people say I am very similar to my mom in how I act around people; both my personality and even my posture and gestures are similar. I am much less like my father in personality. I believe I also acquired behaviors from my sister. My parents told me there exists a photo (I was unable to find it) of my sister lying on the couch, reading a book, with a very young me lying in the exact same position on the other side of the couch, “reading” a book (the book is upside down). My gestures and facial expressions are very similar to my sister's
Contact comfort states that bodily contact is needed for the healthy development of a child. This warm contact between a parent and the child is comforting. My attachments were similar to Harlow’s “contact comfort.” My mom and sister both held me when I was young, and I slept in my parents’ bed. Every evening I hugged Turdy the Turtle. The contact between me and the soft, stuffed animal was very comforting and similar to the contact between me and my family.
Myelination occurs when myelin (fatty layer of glial cells) accumulates around neurons, mostly around the axon of the nerve cell. Like a layer of grease, it allows information to be transmitted much faster through electrical impulses among the neurons to the brain. Myelination begins occurring very early in life, during infancy, and continues all the way through adolescence and into adulthood. The myelination of the frontal lobe during adolescence is particularly important as it aids in cognitive development. I am affected as myelination improves my thinking, self-control, judgment, and my decision making skills.
Physical growth continues in early adulthood (age 30-39)
Less of sensory sharpness: hearing impairment (higher frequencies harder to hear), less sensitive to light, vision deteriorates
Increased farsightedness often leads to need for reading glasses
Menopause: estrogen and progesterone level drop, menstrual cycle ceases, and women unable to reproduce
Shrink about two inches in height
Shrink about an inch in height
Decline in sperm count
Decline in testosterone levels
Dwindling bone mass
Risk of heart disease increases as arteries harden and fat builds up on artery walls
Shrink in height b/c posture changes and cartilage disks in spin become thinner
Digestive system slows and becomes less efficient
Blood flow slows
Reflexes weaken or disappear
Skin becomes dryer, thinner, less elastic, wrinkled
Hair becomes greyer and thinner
Redistribution of fat to torso
Join paint (due to breakdown of cartilage)
Decreased lung capacity, heart pumping capacity then decreases
Stages five and six of Erikson’s stages of personality development are the highest hurdles because at these ages, early teens to the end of early adulthood, an individual must discover who he/she is, which will pave the way for his/her future life. Especially in stage five, an individual is at a pretty young age, but the choices he/she makes are absolutely essential to development in life. It is very difficult for one so young to organize who he/she is, especially with so many different, outside pressures and influences.
When I was in fourth and fifth grade, I definitely experienced adolescent egocentrism, personal fables, and imaginary audiences. I thought everything that happened happened all because of me. If our class was rewarded, I believed it was because I had done something good. I used to play a very extensive imaginary role-playing game which ever furthered my personal fable— I believed the world was a giant novel, and I was the hero of the story. Every move I made, every choice I made, must have had grant consequences on the rotation of the Earth. I thought I was destined to become a very important, life-changing, world-saving human. And as I thought this, I believed that people everywhere were judging me. Whether it was for my choice of clothing that day, or the condition of my hair, I thought every passerby was watching me and thinking about me, and when they went home, they would again be thinking about the little girl they had passed in the street that day. My role-playing games were essential to this thinking because they fed the wild dreams I had that I was a unique hero who others saw and became amazed by.
I have yet to experience stage six, “Young,” and, having no experience in relationships, and very nervous about the crisis between intimacy and isolation. I fear being alone, because I, like every human, want to have a fulfilling relationship with somebody I really love. I hope that when the time comes, I will not be forced into getting married or having a relationship before I am ready for one. Transitioning into this stage is very serious, as it truly sets up the rest of my life and the lives of future individuals. I believe, emotionally and cognitively, that I will have matured much more and will be ready for a serious relationship with someone similar to me (but not too similar!).
During middle school was when I mostly went through puberty. The physical changes were a little difficult to deal with, as the word “puberty” itself is almost tabooed in middle school as different students deal with it their own, private ways. I moved from elementary school to middle school and again from middle school to high school, so I was faced with dealing with all sorts of different social groups and accepted behaviors. Frederick County (where my middle school was) is extremely different from Montgomery County. Upon arriving at Walter Johnson, I had absolutely no idea how I would fit in with the students here. I was part of the APEX program, but the students in APEX were just as diverse as the rest of the school that I didn’t immediately find a clique where I belonged. I had no idea what my identity was. In middle school, I had played lacrosse and done musical theater. But I wasn’t nearly good enough at lacrosse to join the team here, and the theater kids seemed much too intimidating. I constantly battled between finding an identity and role confusion, struggling every day to find the perfect path for me. I finally decided by junior year that performing arts was a very strong part of my identity, and it showed, as most of my friends have to do with STAGE. However, I understand that I don’t have to be exclusive in my friend choices. I have may other friends who don’t do STAGE, and yet we still share many interests together. I'm also now part of the SGA, which is an entirely different group, yet it has been very important to the formation of my identity, as I enjoy being given a sense of purpose and leadership. Once I found my identity in this aspect, I was much more satisfied and much happier.