brow3372: April 2012 Archives

One topic that we have covered in psychology this semester that I will remember five years from now is probably the section about Classical Condition. I have already noticed how classical conditioning applies to everyday events in my life and also how positive conditioning is much more effective than negative reinforcement.Trust me, I give myself a reward for just about everything. For example, after I finish this blog, I am going to reward myself with some ice cream.
Also, in chapter ten we learned about the different types of parenting and which style was the most effective in raising children. Combining the authoritarian style parenting with positive reinforcement to condition a child yields the best results. I don't know if I will be a parent within five years (I really hope not at least), but I hope that I will remember both subjects so that I can raise respectable kids that will not be afraid to try new things, but will be responsible and make good decisions. Of course I might abuse the positive reinforcement aspect and spoil them rotten.

Kids are always afraid of turning into their parents as they grow up, but in most cases we all do anyways. Especially when it comes to parenting our own children. Parenting, according to Diana Baumrind, is laid out into 4 categories; the permissive parents, the authoritarian parents, authoritative parents, and the uninvolved parents. Luckily for me, I was raised by authoritative parents who liked to spoil me rotten, but at the same time make me earn everything that I received and looking back, I appreciate them for being strict. Strict parenting teaches children great life lessons about respect, responsibility, and authority, as well as installs good habits. At the same time, parents who are overly strict can cause their children to grow up in a sheltered household where they are forced to do activities that their parents choose versus activities that they enjoy. Also, they may not be exposed to as much of the world as kids with more easy going parents and they can become naive. I don't think that people have much of a choice as to whether they are a strict parent or not. I believe that parenting skills are learned throughout your childhood from your parents and then practiced once you have kids of your own. That is exactly why kids' fear of turning into their parents becomes a reality. A question that has popped into my head while writing this is "how has technology changed the ways of parenting over the past couple decades?"

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