Wednesday, January 18, 2012

World's Strictest Parents

     In today’s class we watched a film called World’s Strictest Parents. I really enjoyed it because in many ways it reminded me of my own family. I come from a generally strict household and I believe in many of the practices that the strict parents had. The video seemed to insinuate that there is a problem with contemporary parenting practices. Though one should not generalize, I think that many can agree with this idea. I think that there is a trend with new parents to try to befriend their children rather than present themselves as a figure of authority. Though parents should maintain a personal and open relationship with their children, there is still a need for structure and balance that cannot be filled by a friend. Children need someone to look critically at their choices and help them choose the path that is best for them because one of the primary characteristics of being a child is a lack of experience. The film definitely favors traditional forms of parenting, but in my personal opinion I am not sure that that is necessarily the answer either. I think that a healthy blend of both traditional and contemporary parenting techniques will benefit a child the most. Many children will not thrive in a very strict environment because they need the nurturing and understanding from a parent figure. Though I am not a parent myself, I firmly believe that a child will flourish if they have a good balance of structure and understanding in their home.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


     Today in class we watched a film called Shyness. When you look at the film from an empirical analytic perspective, you see the perspective of the psychologists who undoubtedly made the film. When they see these shy children, they see a child with a problem that needs to be fixed. They assume that if a child is having troubles making friends at school they are destined to a life of loneliness and sadness. First of all, I personally think it is silly to make such assessments so early in the child’s life. The child has barely had time to assess their personal situation on their own. I firmly believe that shyness is something that can be overcome or at least worked on at a personal level. I was very shy growing up I I reached a point in my life during my early teens that I decided I wanted to make a difference in myself and start to make an effort to overcome it. I will not deny that it was difficult, and there is still a part of me that is shy today, but I have been able to really come out of my shell of my own accord. This seems to be the case of many people; people who were shy children but were eventually able to open themselves up to others when they were ready on their own. Now, not only did the psychologists in Shyness believe that the children needed someone to intervene before they had a chance to grow on their own, but they believed that it was the fault of the parents that the ‘problem’ had occurred in the first place, and it was the job of the psychologists to intervene and fix them. I find the time period in which this film was made very interesting, because it is in a time that many social institutions are very new and for some reason society is becoming convinced that professional intervention is necessary at every bend in the road. Though the film portrays the problem of shyness from an empirical analytic point of view, I think that there are many ways that shyness can be looked at and it is important to view films such as this one with a critical eye.

Monday, January 9, 2012


     I am very eagerly looking forward to this class. I think that I am most looking forward to learning about relationships between families. I have a traditional nuclear family, yet I do not think that my family dynamics are quite as traditional. I am interested in learning about what may be causing some of the relationship traits between members of my family and even perhaps ways to approach problems within my family. As a future teacher, I also think that much of what I will learn in this class will be applicable to my future students. I am interested in learning about situations that exist that I have not experienced, so that I will be prepared to assist my students with their own problems even if I do not have personal experience in their shoes.