I took 10 minutes the other day, in complete silence, to myself…and it was amazing. I am actually quite interested in mindfulness practices and try to implement them into my life as often as possible, but life often gets in the way. Over time, I have become quite practiced as meditative breathing, body scanning, and relaxation. The most recent experience, of a few day ago, reminded me of the importance of taking those 10 minutes to dissolve the stress of daily life, and reminded me that I should allow myself those 10 minutes more often. The previously mentioned exercise is very closely related to oneRead More →

I made 2 peer-recommended changes to my webpage. The first was adding my CV as a link in order to provide some background for my professional experience. Second, I added more to my About Me section, again, to provide more information about my experience in social work. It was also recommended to me to increase the font size, but I was unable to do so, as I had chosen a theme, which could not be edited. Stress can have significant effects on both physical and mental health. As is noted in the text, stress can increase risk of developing several health conditions, affect changes inRead More →

An example of dualism in my life would be my unquestioning adherence to the idea that I had to do well in school. Regardless of how others performed, my success was expected. It was probably not until high school that I reached a level of multiplicity that allowed me to realize that not everyone held the same expectations for themselves. Sadly, relativism did not fully take shape until my 20s! It was then that I was able to understand that, though others may hold different beliefs, neither their beliefs or mine were “better.” For example, while working at the Social Security office a couple of years ago, IRead More →

I reviewed Michael L.’s website and think it looks really great! In fact, I really only had 2 suggestions for him: to reduce his About Me page to include a summary of his credentials and experience, as many employers will not be interested to read a lengthy biography; and to include some type of visual to his home page to create some dimension and interest. Otherwise, I thought his website was really professional! One of the more interesting points made in the text is the importance of finding balance the use of understanding and authority when parenting an adolescent. Based on my own experience, this couldRead More →

Although gender neutrality has become more widespread in today’s society, some very restrictive messages regarding gender roles still exist. For example, according to the text, males are still expected to be less emotional than women. This message can often create emotional hardships for males, as they may feel “weak” when expressing their emotions. Further, this can impact women’s self-esteem by making them feel that their outward display of emotions makes them “weak.” Additionally, there is the expectation for men and women to follow certain career paths, such as men in business or science fields and women in teaching or caregiving positions. While this expectation is notRead More →

Positive outcomes of allowing children access to visual electronic media include computer competency that will be necessary to later success in school and work, and it can also lead to increased interaction between parents and their children. However, research also links early access to visual electronic media with attention problems and inhibited cognitive development. Parents of young children, especially prior preschool age, should understand that excessive TV time, can detract from the child engaging in activities that promote positive cognitive development. Even educational television programs show few positive outcomes for children’s development.Read More →

In examining the parenting style of the stepmother from Cinderella, it would most closely be characterized as authoritarian, as she was both demanding and showed low responsiveness. It was clear that Cinderella’s home environment was not a positive one, as her stepmother was very demanding, even of her own children, and seemed to be less than interested in the opinions or viewpoints of anything of the three girls. For example, when Cinderella expressed interest in going to the ball, her stepmother created more work for her do to instead. Additionally, the stepmother was more interested in her girls marrying for money than for love. Finally, I cannotRead More →

Infant-parent interactions vary depending on a number of factors and can be influenced by both caregiving behavior and the child’s temperament. For example, babies with difficult temperaments are typically more fearful, irritable, and active, causing the caregiver stress and negatively impacting parent-infant interactions.  These negative interactions may hinder healthy attachments between the child and their caregiver. “Easy” babies have a more placid and positive, and less active temperament, which leads to more positive parent-infant interactions, and further promoting a healthy attachment. Babies who are more slow-to-warm-up tend to be more fearful, but less reactive and less negative than difficult babies, making the parent-infant interactions more unpredictable and inhibiting theRead More →

Parents and teachers would agree that play is an essential component to learning, however, many are divided on the subject of replacing the use of play with strict academics. Before entering school, parents use games, colorful toys, and make believe to stimulate learning in their young children. According to Piaget, children’s earliest learning moments revolve around these moments. (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015). Similar methods are used by teachers in the early school years. As discussed in the text (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015), a well-executed curriculum, such as Vygotsky’s Tools of the Mind, can inspire foundational learning skills that will promote later success. Not only is play a useful tool in learning subjectRead More →