Professor Lauren Goldstein
February 2, 2014
This is the moment my life changed forever; I became a teenage mother. Let me explain. As far back as I can remember, growing up as a child was full of sugar rushes, imaginary friends, and endless adventures. I was the only child in my mother's house for nine and a half years until my brother was born. I had every toy I asked for and every light up shoe I ever dreamed of. My parents both worked well paying jobs and practically gave me any and everything I wanted. Many people called me spoiled, but I considered myself loved. Over the years, receiving gifts turned into earning them. I recall my mother giving me a list of daily tasks and chores to complete throughout the week. If I completed each chore and kept my grades up in school I would earn an allowance. It didn’t take long for me to appreciate the value of money. When I was 12 I started saving my money in a purple shoe box that I kept under my bed. Each week I would ask my parents for additional chores so that I could make extra income. By the time I was 14 I decided to do something I loved while getting paid to do it; babysit. On my sixteenth birthday I had saved over $700 and my father took me to open a savings account at the local bank. I remember feeling accomplished and “grown”; not knowing that I would find out the true meaning of that word within a couple of months. As I entered the eleventh grade my uncle, who is two years younger than me, had a baby at fifteen. This caused a hardship on him because the mother of the child signed away her maternal rights and gave him full custody of the baby. No one in my family was willing to help him support his newborn child. This behavior could be described as cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychology is the branch of psychology that studies mental processes including how people think, perceive, remember, and learn. I have learned over the years different life responsibilities. Learning how to save money and also how to manage taking care of a child was very life altering. Managing money taught me how to save for what I want, pay for school, take care of my uncle’s child, plus save for my future. Growing up taking care of a child is not as easy as people make it seem. As I watch day to day activities on the news, reading newspapers, reading magazines, and learning from my family has showed me that life is hard. The way we perceive things as kids growing up are totally different from when you become an adult. As a teenager, we don’t know the real responsibilities of life. Having kids at young ages seem to be the new era for young adults these days. Young mother’s want to have a feeling of love that they are not receiving from their parents, so they go out and sleep with guy after guy and have baby after baby. This gives them the fulfillment of love that they were missing. We are in for a rude awakening. As a cultural perspective most children follow their parent’s footsteps. Cultural psychology is the study of how psychological and behavioral tendencies are rooted in and embodied in culture. Cultural to me has some to do with tradition, relationships, family, love, and upbringing. Most young adults feel that being on welfare is the ok thing to do because most of their parents were on it. Having a lot of kids back in the day was not a bad thing. But now, people look down on young people that have a lot of kids and are living on welfare because they are not living up to the planned expectations. Bringing children in the new era is like killing our own kids. If you watch the news and read newspapers you will find that kids die younger and younger by the day. Some of the killings are from stressed out parents that are not able to take care of their responsibilities but continue to have kids. This is not part of the culture. Most of the upbringing is about family and taking care of your...
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