Observations of Children at 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, and 13 years of age As a student in human growth and development it was required that I study and observe the physical, cognitive, social and emotional levels of individuals at various stages of life and maturation. Providing that Kathleen Berger, the author of The Developing Person Through the Lifespan, set a contextual foundation, I was able to compare her research and expertise to that of other research studies while compiling my own evaluations. Thus, in doing so, I gained an opportunity to reflect, respect and better understand human behavior and activity. During this process, I utilized my family and friends in their natural element. The children of the Sanford family were among the youngest. Their ages ranged from 14 months to 3 years with the boy, Tatum, being the eldest of his two sisters Zoriah (14 months) and Zayana (two years). Their mother is a woman I’ve known for a little over a year, but has become a good friend to me. The observation served as my first visit to her home and her kids. I entered the house enthusiastically, greeting everyone with hugs, and gave kisses to the kids. The children stood wide eyed and simply stared. Tatum, was the first to crack a small smile and reciprocate my hug (easy temperament), however his sisters were more passive. Rather than participate they allowed me to embrace them (slow to warm temperament). Nonetheless, each child seemed happy and healthy. Zoriaha, walked steady and independently, with short fat legs and had the typical baby belly at 14 months. Zayana, stood a few inches taller than her younger sister and was also slightly leaner, closer to the size of her 3 yr. old brother, who stood tallest of all. They were a stair step in age and physical maturation.
Childhood and Adolescent Observation 3
As I moved through the house with their mother Tatum continued to play on a scooter in the living room, bustling with pride as if he wanted to show me what he could do. Zoriah and Zayana, on the other hand, stopped what they were doing and followed their mother from room to room as she showed me around. Their mother complained, “Do you see what I mean? They follow me everywhere I go, even to the restroom. I never get a break!” She sternly waved the girls into them into the other room, only to have Tatum, the 3yr. old, come in seconds later with his sisters following behind. Nevertheless, I watched them play as we talked and noticed Zoriah constantly mirroring the actions and play style of her older brother and sister. She was the smallest and youngest but could easily hold her own. I also found Tatum, to be quite brave as he played with the closet door in his mother’s bedroom, sliding it open and closed, sometimes enclosing himself completely in darkness. His mother explained that he’s not afraid of the dark because they lived without electricity for many months in her previous home, so the kids had adjusted. Furthermore, the kids were very energetic and happy to play with anything around the house, whether it was a toy or not. The family had recently moved into their apartment and some things were still in boxes, which provided the perfect context for the “little scientist” to emerge. I found Tatum digging through an unpacked box with various miscellaneous items in it. He hadn’t taken anything out but had found a liquid substance that he rubbed all over his hands, legs, and clothing as he was attempting to get rid of it. Later, I discovered it was a product for his mom’s hair.
Childhood and Adolescent Observation 4
A few minutes passed and all five of us ended up outside of the house, with the front door, visibly open for anyone to enter and exit. The family lived on the first floor of a two story apartment building with the stairs leading to the second level, near their door. Needless to say, the stairs became the children’s main attraction. Tatum and Zayana (the two year...