We learned many important concepts this semester, many of which can and will be useful in the future. We've learned things like what makes up a personality, how learning is accomplished, ways to improve memory, and what it takes to be a genius. However, I think the most important concept from this course that I will use in the future is the information on parenting styles. Arguably, this is the most important part of your life, that is, if you choose to have kids. However, according to the book, it takes a lot to screw up a child. They are extremely resistant and won't become maladjusted simply because of a parent's behavior.
As discussed in the book, the three types of parenting are: permissive, authoritative, and authoritarian. Permissive is the most forgiving for the child, with few boundaries and little punishment. On the other end of the spectrum is authoritarian parenting, where parents are "quick with punishment" and strict with limits. It is no surprise then that somewhere in the middle is the ideal parenting style to raise a well-adjusted child with a solid personality. Fortunately, I had authoritative parents, who clearly expressed their expectations and enforced limits. At the time I thought the limits were a bit ridic, but looking back they may have even been a little lax. No matter what, if your daughter is saying, "I asked for a pony, WTF is this?", you probably did something wrong.