Web Exercise #1: Voice of a Child of Divorce
LO 14.2 Compare and contrast child outcomes associated with various family constellations.
Divorce influences a child’s socioemotional development in many ways. Sometimes, the child has to deal with the socioeconomic issues that come with single parenting. Sometimes, the child has to deal with parents who cannot get along or who cohabitate with new parents. When the parents cannot get along, the impact on children can be overwhelming. Watch the following video and write down what comes to your mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbTFZ8cvHo4
- What do we know about children’s adjustment after divorce?
- Identify an example of how the ideas in this video clip illustrate findings on adjustment after divorce.
- What advice do you provide divorcing parents on how to help their child adjust?
Web Exercise #2: Adolescent Pregnancy
LO: 14.2 Compare and contrast child outcomes associated with various family constellations.
Directions: This assignment can be completed individually. Chapter 14 discusses risk factors for adolescent pregnancy and influences on the adjustment of adolescent mothers and their children. The purpose of this exercise is to give students insight into the lives of teen moms. Students will read information on the following website, watch the TED talk provided on this page, and answer the following questions. http://www.teenmomnyc.com/2014/02/nicole-lynn-lewis-teen-mom-ted-talk.html
- Discuss the contexts that influenced Nicole Lewis.
- What were her obstacles?
- How has she used her experience to help others?
- What else did you learn from watching the TED talk? How else did the information relate to the content in the textbook?
Web Exercise #3: Parent-Adolescent Conflict
LO 14.3 Explain the effects of various parenting methods on children and adolescents.
Directions: This assignment can be completed individually. The purpose of this assignment is to further explore parent-adolescent conflict in children in the United States and across cultures. Review the information available at the links below and answer the questions that follow.
- What advice would you give a mother who complained she was having conflict with her daughter?
- Do you think the advice given in the first article would be useful to parents across different cultures? Why or why not?
- What are some different themes of parent–adolescent conflict across cultures?
Web Exercise #4: Play Is More Than Just Fun
LO 14.5 Discuss how peer relationships develop and change throughout the lifespan.
Directions: This assignment can be done independently or in small groups. Chapter 14[DD1] introduces students to the function of play and the form it takes in early childhood. Children like to engage in rough-and-tumble play, and they begin to engage in sociodramatic play, involving themes of social relationships. In this exercise, students will watch the TED talk given by play researcher Stuart Brown: https://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_than_fun_it_s_vital?language=en
- According to Stuart Brown, what are some of the different kinds of play?
- What is the purpose of play?
- Think about your experiences as a child. What are some of the games you played? Whom did you play them with? Can you examine your experiences and see how any of them taught you about life? Give an example.