This (LINK) discusses a relatively new experience for middle-aged parents…boomerang kids (children who leave for college and then return home to live with parents). Read the story and provide 1-2 explanations of why you think the rate of “boomerang kids” has increased so substantially and what stress it creates for parents.
Watch this video (approximately 20 Minutes) and write a 2-paragraph paper on it. In Paragraph 1, summarize some of the main highlights of the video. In Paragraph 2, write some of your own thoughts (e.g., what surprised you, what are the implications, what should we do, etc.)
This is Part 2 of an extra credit opportunity from the first week of class. Those who attended that day completed Part 1 of a research study and were told that Part 2 would occur later in the semester. Part 2 will occur this WED (Nov 19) during class. Participation in both parts is worth 5 points extra credit.
Here is a link to a research opportunity that I will mention in Monday’s class:
To earn the extra credit you must print (or take a screen shot of) the opening page of the survey and submit it to me.
Recently a mom made headlines across the globe when she wrote that having children (pictured below) was the “biggest regret of her life”. She said “I resented the time my children consumed. Like parasites, they took from me and didn’t give back”. Read her story (LINK) and write a 1-2 paragraph response either agreeing or disagreeing with her view.
Pick 2 different time periods in your life (e.g., elementary school, junior high, high school, college) and compare and contrast the friendships you had during those periods. Some things to think about as you get started: How many friends did you have during each period? What kinds of things did you do with your friends? How long did the friendships usually last? What kinds of things did you share with those friends? How many of those friendships still exist? How did those friendships changed over time?
In class we discussed adolescent problems such as ADHD, substance use/abuse, eating disorders, and bullying. However, that is certainly not a complete list of the problems that adolescence might face. For example, we did not discuss mental illnesses like depression or anxiety at all. For this journal entry write a 300 word description of another problem (i.e., one not discussed in class) that can affect adolescents.