How are you different today from the person you were at 6 years old? What about at 16 years old? How are you the same as the person you were at those ages?
Your 3-year-old daughter is not yet potty trained. Based on what you know about the normative approach, should you be concerned? Why or why not?
Explain how you would use your understanding of one of the major developmental theories to deal with each of the difficulties listed below:
- Your infant daughter puts everything in her mouth, including the dog's food.
- Your eight-year-old son is failing math; all he cares about is baseball.
- Your two-year-old daughter refuses to wear the clothes you pick for her every morning, which makes getting dressed a twenty-minute battle.
- Your sixty-eight-year-old neighbor is chronically depressed and feels she has wasted her life.
- Your 18-year-old daughter has decided not to go to college. Instead she’s moving to Colorado to become a ski instructor.
- Your 11-year-old son is the class bully.
Which parenting style describes how you were raised? Provide an example or two to support your answer.
Would you describe your experience of puberty as one of pride or embarrassment? Why?
Your best friend is a smoker who just found out she is pregnant. What would you tell her about smoking and pregnancy?
Imagine you are a nurse working at a clinic that provides prenatal care for pregnant women. Your patient, Anna, has heard that it’s a good idea to play music for her unborn baby, and she wants to know when her baby’s hearing will develop. What will you tell her?
Have you ever had to cope with the loss of a loved one? If so, what concepts described in this section provide context that may help you understand your experience and process of grieving?
If you were diagnosed with a terminal illness would you choose hospice care or a traditional death in a hospital? Why?