klein785: April 2012 Archives

After reading almost the entire Psychology 1001 book, the chapter still highlighted in my mind is Human Development, especially regarding childhood development. Coming from a large extended family and being an older relative, I was the professional babysitter for all my younger cousins.


At first this responsibility was met with hesitation. Should a one-year-old be walking without help? How old do babies really need to be to eat certain snacks? If they're crying, should I just let them cry themselves to sleep? But even if I didn't know every specific rule, who wouldn't want to get paid $20 for an hour amount of work?

Exploring the factors of motor development, social development, Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories helped cement in my head a clearer picture of childhood development. Although Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories have pros and cons, they lay out a developmental stage of learning and thought processes. As someday hoping to be a mother, the factors of motor and social development helped me understand the more biological side of childhood development.


So as you all go on to have families in the next 10-20 years maybe you should double-check the criteria of your babysitter. Even if it is only one night a week, do you trust your children to someone who doesn't even know around what age babies start to walk?


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Food is a part of every person's regular, daily life. Families usually have designated meal times that are observed at specific times of the day. College students tend to snack at intervals throughout the day or whenever food becomes available. Workaholics sneak in lunch with a meeting. Moms grab a quick bite of food in between cleaning, changing diapers or other activities. But when daily meal times are avoided or non existent, what tells a person they are hungry? Is it always the growling we feeling and hear in the pit of our stomachs, or is it something before that intense growling?

A science of appetite article in the Times titled "What Makes You Eat More Food" gives a photographic journey of reminders that turn our hunger from an off to on switch. Seven reminders, mostly extensions of our senses, make our bodies not just hunger but crave food.

So we're hungry at meal times and when we smell food, but why are there still mid afternoon cravings present after a small but healthy lunch? Presented in a blog by Mayo Clinic nutritionists, Jennifer Nelson and Katherine Zeratsky, "millennial" (born between 1980-2000) avoid traditional meals and settle for random snacking throughout the day. It is estimated that 35% of meals are now eaten as snacks throughout the day by millennials.

So people are wondering how Americans weight more on average than ever before? Just look at our eating habits, ability to give into cravings and portion control. American's portions are known on average to be much larger than other countries, but what about the increase seen in our own country in the past twenty years. This is clearly presented by Liz Monte in Portion Size, Then vs. Now.

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(In the past 20 years the size of pizza has increase by 350 calories per slice.)

So how can we properly control all our hunger cravings?

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