How might your child's development have been different if s/he was raised by people with a different socioeconomic, ethnic or cultural background? Base your answer on specific evidence of SES/cultural differences from the textbook and class lectures. I believe different factors of life would influence Wilamina’s growth differently. It is known that children in the United States are more securely attached to their parents than those in other countries. If Wilamina was raised in a poor nation, she may have not had the proper nourishment to develop normally. Depending of the socioeconomic status of parents, Wilamina might have not been able to have a good education, be involved in after school activities, or benefit from opportunities such as playing violin or participating in volleyball. I believe the culture of the society would greatly influence Mary, as well. 10years old Wilamina has shown some talent and interest in drawing and constructing things, and always seems to be drawing interesting cartoons and sketching faces or scenes. The art teacher even wants her to prepare a special work of art for the county art fair! Your boss promoted you to regional manager, but this means you have to travel a few times every month. It is difficult to make alternative arrangements for your children's activities with your partner and your relatives, but the money and the career opportunity is difficult to pass up.Wilamina and her sister
are noticeably affected by your absences and the changes in routines. Wilamina seems to be moodier and less able to cope with problems. Wilamina is able to concentrate longer on tasks than at age 8, although she has occasional lapses. You and your partner still occasionally have an argument once in a while that the kids happen to overhear, despite your best efforts. Later, one of you talks to the kids about arguing - you say it's a normal thing for people to have arguments but then they need to apologize and make up. Wilamina seems to soak up information like a sponge, and has an excellent vocabulary. She can tell a really good story too. Wilamina is really advancing in dance. Wilamina's dance studio director recommends joining the Dance Competition team as a way of advancing faster This means traveling to dance conventions in neighboring cities so Wilamina wouldn't have enough time for serious competitive play in other sports. Wilamina fell off her bike riding to school and came limping home with a few scratches on her legs. Fortunately she showed up just as you were about to pull out of the driveway. Wilamina gets along very well with most people, is popular with other kids, and has a lot of social and other after-school activities. Wilamina is continuing to be a strong reader, and always seems to have a fiction book she is reading.
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- Spring '08
- Educational years, Seventh grade, Wilamina