virtual child essay 12-18 years
Answer the questions listed under each assignment, citing specific examples from your child. Type up the answers in 12 point font, double-spaced, with a recommended 2-4- page length for each assignment. Add the questions and then the answers to the document. Check the rubric and examples to make sure you what is required.
12 years, 11 months
1. Describe any physical or behavioral signs of incipient puberty.
2. How would you characterize your child at this point in terms of the under-controlled, overcontrolled or resilient categories? Have there been any changes since the preschool period and why might they have occurred?
3. Using the 7th grade report card and your own observations, summarize your child’s academic skills at this point. What specific activities might promote some of these skills?
1. What activities and experiences at ages 12 and 14 has your teen been involved in that might promote healthy behavioral practices, physical fitness and skill in sports?
2. Have there been any changes in your teen’s behavior toward you or your partner? Why are these occurring and how are you responding?
3. Do you see any examples of how cognitive and physical changes in early adolescence (ages 12-14) relate to your teen’s social or emotional behavior?
Age 16 years, 11 months
1. Think about your teen’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses and how they are reflected in his or her school grades and activities from 14-16 years of age. What careers or courses of study might be best suited to your teen’s abilities and interests?
2. How important have your teen’s relationships with peers been to his/her social development, emotional well-being and school achievement from 14-16 years of age?
3. How has your teen adjusted at 14-16 years of age to typical adolescent issues such as risktaking, drugs, alcohol, and sexual interests, and how have you responded to your teen?
Age 18 years, 1 month – Final Reflections
1. As the program ends, what pathways does your child appear to be on in terms of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral development? To what extent could you have predicted these pathways based on what you knew of your child’s earlier development?
2. Describe some specific ways in which you think your parenting mattered for your child’s development, based on evidence from the course regarding the contributions of parents to child development.
3. Describe some specific ways in which your child developed that appeared to be influenced by factors outside your control, such as genes, random environmental events or the general influence of contemporary American culture.