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Copy of My Child Development Scrapbook
Briege Akinon 15 September 2013
Transcript of Copy of My Child Development Scrapbook
I'd like to dedicate this scrapbook to the strongest women I know, my mother, Ramona Lise Sagapolutele. My mother has been the only constant support in my life. Taking this child development class, I have realised the struggle my mother has had to go through in order to better herself and to raise her children to be good, caring adult, that are able to depend and rely on themselves. She had me and my brother at such a young age. I would also like to that my family, without their support in raising us, I don't know where we would be. I thank you for always being their for my mom, watching us when we were at work, or helping her whe we were stuggling. I don't think I could have asked for a better family. I love you guys.
When I was born, my parents were at the peak of the party stage. Coming from the islands of Samoa, where everyone basically knowns eveyone, it was hard for them to get out and be young and wild without the consequences of your parents finding out. When the moved to Hawaii, seperately, my dad with his sibling and my mom with her cousins, they didn't meet until college. After my parents met and and fell in love, they moved in together,including their iblings. The shock of their life happened when my mother found out thy were pregnant with me., After I was born, not only did their lives, but everyone around them. A year in a half later, my brother was born. A year later, my parent seperated, resulting in us moving from a island to the mainland. and into another house with my mothers 5 siblings and 7 of my oousins. Since birth, there has never been a dull moment where I was never alone. There has not been a single moment in my life where I was alone, and I feel like this is the biggest factor in my development. From being raised to raising my neices and nephews, every experience I had has factored into the person I am
. Using concepts taken from "The Developing Person: Through Child and Adolescence" I will be using my life experience as well as experiences by my family that I have witnessed.
In my early years of infancy, I lived in a house with my parents, as well as their siblings. My dad had two sisters, Belinda and Nelta, and one brother Joey, and my moms brother and sister, Alfred and Martina. Although my parents just had a new born child, my parents the best of partners, and were constantly fighting, on top of school, and work. I guess you could because there was so many people in the house, I was never out a babysitter. Two in specific are my Aunt Belinda (Aunty Bee) and my Aunty Nelta (Aunty Nena). These two couldn't be anymore different then the water and fire. Aunty Bee could say is the nice one. Since she was younger, she got straight A's, went to college and got her Master Degree in Phsychology, never smoked or drank in her life, and is always caring for other. Aunty Nena is the exact opposite. Party girl at heart, potty mouth, doesn't care what anyone says, and does what ever she wants. Together, they are the best of both worlds. While my parents were out, they were basically who I spent the first year of my life with other than my parents.
Today, if I have a dollar for how many times I hear "You are just like your Aunty Bee." or "You act just like Nelta.," I would be a billionaire. Even my parents say "You are so your aunties neice." And sometimes I don't even know what I did that was similar to them. I feel like I have a mixture of their temperament including my own. Being around them for so long, at such a sensitve period as effected how I act. Nuturing, "the environmental influences that includes everything after conception" has really effected who I am. Although nuturing is a big part of my development, I don't disregard the fact that nature has a big part as well. Nature, or traits that I inhereited from genetics. I doubt its a coincidence that I hate chocolate, but love sweet things like my dad, or the fact that me and my mom love fish to the point that we can eat everyday. In reference the nature-nuture debate, there is no question that both infuence your development during infancy.
"Saili, you ready to go to aunty Alu's house?" "Yeah, but we can't forget Jessica."
Jessica, being her baby doll. My little cousins got the doll as a gift from my mom when she was around 2 years old. Since then, she didn't go anywhere without it. In preschool we would pick her up from school, and not only would she want us to buckle her up i her seat, but Jessica as well. If something exciting happened to her, she would tell Jessica first, then tell the rest of the world. Sleeping was a nightmare for the person putting her to sleep if Jessica wasn't with her. When I was playing dress up with her one day, she would inform me what Jessica thought then what she thought. "Jessica thinks that looks pretty on you, so do I."
During Saili's preoperational thought, she experiencing Animism, which is "the belief that natural objects and phenomena are alive." Not only did she talk to the doll, she believed that the doll talked back to her. Eventually she grew out of this face, especially when she got new toys and dolls to play with.
"Pre-pretend that my sword hit you!" "But then I block it with my superpower that can block it!"
Active Play during my early childhood is one of my most fondest memories as a child. Growing up with a house full of cousins your age ment always having someone to play. For the boys, rough-and-tumble, "play that mimics aggression though wrestling, chasing, or hitting, but no intent in harm." and for the girls, it was sociodramatic play, or the "pretend game"
My brothers and cousins were big fans of westling. WWE and Raw were they favorite show. Although we werent allowed to watch it, it didn't stop them from sneaking into my older cousins room and watching. After the night was over, the next day they would reinact every seen that happened. I remember days when they would play war or teams, fight on the bed, but if anyone got hurt, it was accidental.
Me and the girls would always play "store, doctor, family, or fashion designer." Pertending was always fun for us, especially acting like an adult. I would always be the fashion designer, one of my cousins the makeup designer, and my other younger two cousins the models.
Sensation and Movement
When my little brother was born, I was 9 years old and my other bother was 7. I remember we used to sit and watch him while he slept, and while he woke up, his eyes wouldn't look around everywhere, not really focusing on anything in particular. It wasn't until we got really close to his face that he would look at us. His hearing though, was very interesting to us. If we sang or talked to him, he would look in the direction of the voice. Of course he could tell who it was, but he could her us. In order to put him to sleep, we would sing a lullaby that would just knock him right out.
According to the text, hearing is already acute when you are born. "Lullaby or a heartbeat, soothe them and put them to sleep." Which explains a lot now rather than a 9 year old kid. Seeing is the "least mature sense" and is the reason why my little brother couldn't focus on one thing. It wasn't until he was around 3 months, the usual age, that he started to look directly at our faces, mesmorizing our looks. We could tell because he was starring at for a long period of time, looking at different parts of our faces.
Breastfeeding is a very important in Samoan culture when nuturing your child. Breastfeeding is very important and provides all of the needed nutrients to the baby. The new mother continues to eat a lot of fish, kalo (taro), and coconut milk. This traditions has been carried, even without the influence of the western world. My mother told me that it was never a question of whether you beastfeed or not, and people on the island knew to be careful when you were pregnant.
As stated in the text, babies who are breastfed are less like to be sick, and well as the likeliness of allergies and asthma. Colostum, which is secreted from the mothers breast, is high in antibodies, which helped protect them and their immunization.
My cousins, who is adopted, wasn't able to be breastfed and had to drink fomula milk. My aunts believe that is it because of this fact that she is diabetic and is constantly getting sick.
Tertiary Circular Reaction
When my cousin Brayden was around 2 years old, he could not stay in one place. Look somewhere else for a second, and the boy would be under the table, pushing and pulling the chairs out. If we gave him something to hold, it would automatically be a chew toy. Anything within is grasps would either be in his mouth or thrown. Everything was interesting to him, and nothing was left untouched the little minion.
This stage of his life is called Tertiary Circular Reaction, a three type of process in order for infants to explore and experiment with the things around them. His "little scientist" faze was when he was getting into everything and watching for a reaction. One reaction he new would happen was when he would get into stuff he wasn't supposed to and someone would chase him. While waddling away, he would laugh and giggle.
As a American Samoan, naturally our bodies run bigger than most people. Our bones are thicker, and our diet isn't the most healthy, consisting a lot of startch and fiber. Growing up, I always bigger than most kids. At home, I didn't feel wierd about my wierd about my wieght, until I started to go school whichi mainly populated with Asians kids. At such a young age, I knew I was bigger than everyone, but never bothered me before. It wasn't until 5th grade, when I took a health ed class that informed us about how important nutrition was and Obesity is a serious conditions that can be easily prevented. Since then, wieght gain has always been important to me. Not only for my health, but jus for my happiness.
Child Obesity is defined as a child being above their BMI in the 95 percentile. North America has happen to double in numbers since 1980. Obesity can more often have have ashma, high blood pressure, and elevated chloesterol and can lead to the risks of diabetes, heart disease, and strokes later in life. It is also stated that obesity can effect you lower your chances of getting married, finding jobs, and living till old age. Child Obesity can be easily avoided by practicing healthy eating habits at a young age and physical activities.
Diversity of Structures
Since birth, I don't think I've ever lived in a house where it was just my immediate family. It was always eith my parents and their siblings. After my parents seperated, my mom moved me and my brothers from Hawaii to California, where it was my mother and her 4 siblings and kids. There was a point, when we lost my cousin to a shooting accident that all of my moms siblings lived together. We had a huge house that fit all 17 of us comfortable, so it was like having a party for a couple of years, especially with the ups and downs. In the Samoan culture, family is everything, and after loosing my cousin, the oldest grandchild in my generation, it hit all of us pretty hard. As a family, we stook together, helping and grieving with eachother.
Today, our family is generally split up into four houses, a family member or two from an extended family. As an extended family that is close together, you never really think about it as "extended," you just think about it as family. Birthday, achievements, dinners, its never really just my immediate famly, but all of everyone that I grew up with.
Too Early, Too Late
Around the 7th and 8th grade, girls started to get their period. This did not happen to me. My girl cousins told me that it was normal, your still to young, but for some reason, it just made me anxious that something was wrong with me. All my friends that this monthly excuse of getting out of P.E, and it was all they could talk about it for a really talk whenever it was their time. It wasn't until the summer of freshman year that I got my period, and I swear to you, something inside was saying "Yes! I'm part of the womens club now!"
Although the books doesn't talk about LATE bloomers, I feel like effect of being an early bloomer is the same. Early-mature girls can have a lower self-esteem, more depression, and poorer body image than other girls. Most early-mature girls enter into abuse relationships then others, likely because to fill te feeling of the loneliness and social judgement is immature.
Problems with Adolescent Sex
Having sex too soon goes hand in hand with early depression amd drug abuse. Having sex to soon increases your chances of teenage pregnancy. Most teenage mothers have no husband to help them raise their child, and can be more complex and expensive. Sexual transmitted infections are more common.
In Middle School, one of my close friends got pregnant. We were only 14 years old, and she met a boy that was 4 years older than us. After she found out she was pregnant, she had no idea what to do. For one, she was just a kid herself, and she was scared to tell her parents. When she told her boyfriend, he broke up with her, left her to face it alone. Having this happen to her was so surreal, just couldn't understand how it went all wrong. Her parents found out from her older sister, and eventualy when they got ever the inital shock, they were her essential support system. Today, she has 2 sons, she is only 20, and is with a man that is the father of neither ofher kids. She's happy though, and is trying to make her life right.
"Self-concept, the idea about themselves, including their intelligence, personality, abilities, gender, and ethnic background." Usually by the age of 11, adolescences are aware and take pride in their self concept.
I distintly remember, my self-concept came when my brothers and I performed for my Elementary School talent show. Students signed up performed whatever talent they had, with help of the parents involvement. Deciding between what do was difficult, so we asked my mom what we should do. Automatically, she said dancing and singing, two of the most popular arts of our people. Dancing is a way to show our appreciation for the earth and air around us, thanking god for all that he has blessed us with. Singing is our way of lifting the thanks to our ancestors that protect us. Learning the dances and the song during that time, it was the first moment I could remember that I named myself a Samoan as well as Christian.
The Effect of College
In my family, it was never a question if you were gong to college. My parents didn't leave any room for us to think that college not in the life plan. I never agrued against, just knew that it was going to happen. But when I got to high school, I considered why college was so important. After taking this class, the answer is simple: "health and wealth
Going to college allows us to open a different chapter in our lives. Willingness to take risks, is a sign of emerging adulthood. Massification, or the idea that education helps everyone. With education comes knowlegdge, allowing people to be aware of whats going on in th world and our us can help stregthening the community as well induce health and wealth, and the powr to criticlly think about our choices.
Although your personality is evident to change over time, many of your childhood and adolescent experience are still big factors in who you are. That does not change the fact that new traits may appear and negative ones can disappear. Conditioning yourself to change is always possible. New experiences allow some placisity in personality.
Watching my older cousins get older, I've noticed similarities and differences from who they were before. My cousin Joseph was known for being the comedian of the house, always talkative, but as he got older, he became more serious and manly. I guess all guys go through this change. For myself, I feel like I am constantly finding new things about myself. My personality doesn't change towards the outside would is rarely changing, but my attitude towards myself is changing.
Taking this course has really helped me identify with myself and understand certain aspects of my life that I didn't know the cause of until now. Learning and understand the theories was extremely interesting to me the fact that there are so many different reasons why we do what we do as humans and that even as children, a time when we barely know how to think, has an effect on our future. This was my first phsychology class since high school, so it was refreshing to learn about how the mind and experiences plays into our development. One regret that I have about this course is that I took it in the summer. Being that it was so compacted really effect my learning abilities, only because I wanted to learn more on such a in dept topic in so little time. Other than that, this course was amazing.
This assigment alone, helped me to connect with the concepts I learned through the class and connected with my personal life. At times it was difficult to make a connection, just thinking about an event that goes with certain topic was hard, especially when their 20 different events coming at you in more mind. Over all, I really enjoyed this project and this class.
Thank you for a great Summer!
-Berger, K. S. (2012). The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence. (Vol. 9). New York: Worth.
-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013)