Looking back at everything that I've learned this semester, there are two major parts of psychology that I will remember. One being part of the learning and operant conditioning, and two, human development.
From the learning and operant conditioning chapter, I will specifically always look back to the section on reinforcement and punishment. While from human developement, I will always keep in mind the information about parenting, the role of the father, and nontraditional families.
Why I will remember reinforcement and punishment mainly is because I am a mom. My daughter is only two years old, where she is at that stage of "testing me" and evolving into herself, with attitude for days! I believe that every parent wants to raise their children right, and use the best ways of punishment/reinforcement to have them well behaved and learn what is acceptable or not for thier future.
Knowing the different ways to approach a tough situation, such as if one doesnt work well, is great to try. Such as either positive or negative reinforcement, which I have used both on my daughter, and actually positive reinforcement works best out of the two for me. As for punishment, I dont believe in positive punishment, and knowing exactly what it is I run from it. I dont believe in hitting a child to make them understand. I use negative punishment, such as taking away something that she wants or likes, and I sit and talk with her about her actions, which i believe works well with my daughter.
Also I will remember the chapter on human developement, focusing on parenting, the role of the father, nontraditional families and divorce. Why?? you guessed it, because I'm a parent! haha.
Parenting styles are important for a child to grow up. I find myself to be an authoritative parent. I definitely set clear and firm limits with my daugher but I am also very supportive of my daughter. Just as the book states the types "too soft", "too hard", "just right", says it all.
From the section "The role of the father", I believe their presents is crucial. I myself had my father around in the household, but he wasnt a 'true dad" may you call it. I dont remember too much interaction with him, no fun play or enough loving as I look at it now being grown up. Having a father interact and be a part of your growing life is needed because they offer that special bond that not all mothers can fullfill. With my daughter, her father travels all the time, he is hardly home which I find in later years will be hard for her. right now she mentions she misses him, but she is so young that she really doesnt know what she is missing fully. She will need that arm close relationship with him for her developement. Also linking to this, I am a single mom, and after reading the "nontraditional families' I want to not be one of those statistics. Where they say that children will have more problems growing up (behavioral) than children who have a mom and a dad. My mom and her 5 siblings were raised by only their mom, they all went to college, never had problems in the public, they are all successfull and married. I also will remember how the book said that single mothers differ from married mothers because they say that "they tend to be poorer, less educated and marked by a higher level of stress in life and move around more than married mothers". I look at that and look at my life where iam graduating from college, I make great money, and I am never stressed.
Overall, anything that relates to children and parenting that was directed in the book was something that I took serious and really took time to learn and read about. Not only five years from now will I remember this information but even down the road 20 years from now.