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Applied Final Project- “Your Lot in Life”
You will be writing a paper about one of these scenarios. You will select the scenario!
- You are expecting your first baby and are thinking about sleeping arrangements. You have heard of the concept of “the family bed” and are considering having the baby sleep with you and your spouse.
- You are expecting your first child and are interested in breastfeeding your baby. You would also like to return to work relatively soon. You have to decide how valuable breastfeeding is and whether you can work and breastfeed.
- Your 12-year-old step-daughter tells you that you are not her real mother (or father) and can’t tell her what to do.
- You are extremely concerned because your 11-year-old son has been suspended from school numerous times for fighting. He just can’t seem to get along with other children.
- You and your spouse have just decided to divorce. Your 7-year-old is very upset about this change.
- Your parents were over for dinner the other night. Your 6-year-old did not want to eat the beans you served, or the fish. Your parents said that you should have insisted that he/she should have had some, and that you should insist on this as a regular practice in your home.
- Your 9-year-old is frequently sad and feels that nobody likes him/her. A friend has just suggested that maybe he/she is suffering from childhood depression.
- Your daughter is having a great deal of difficulty in school. You think she may have learning disabilities. You would like to get the school system to evaluate her and help plan a program for her.
- Your 2-year-old has not begun speaking yet.
- Your 6-year-old still wets the bed almost every night.
- Your 6-year-old has just been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
- Your 9-year-old daughter has begun menstruating and you are concerned about the effects of early puberty on her social development.
- You have noticed behavioral changes in your 14-year-old and are concerned that he/she may be using drugs or alcohol.
- You are expecting your first child. You and your spouse are beginning the search for good daycare.
- You are considering home-schooling your child. You need to get enough information to actually start home-schooling your child.
- Your 14-year-old daughter accidentally leaves her purse open in the family room and you see a package of birth-control pills.
- You have discovered that your 12-year-old has been downloading and viewing pornography on the Internet.
- While putting away laundry, you find a box of condoms in your 15-year-old’s room.
- It is February. Your 18-year-old, who is graduating in May, has not completed any college applications or expressed any plans for life after high school.
- You find a bottle of vodka under your 18-year-old’s bed.
- Your 16 year old comes into the house after attending a party, smelling of cigarettes and marijuana.
- Your 18-year-old insists on marrying his/her high school sweetheart at graduation, although receiving several full scholarships to various colleges, as well as several promising internships. In addition, the sweetheart is a LOSER!
- Your 17-year-old announces that s/he is about to become a parent.
- You and your spouse do not agree about whether parents can argue in front of their children.
Part 1: Setting the Scene (25 points, 5%)
Choose one of the Lot of Life scenarios. You should elaborate on the scenario by writing a letter to a relative or close friend or a diary/journal entry from the perspective of a parent writing about his or her child. Your letter/diary should explain what happened in detail, identify the issues you will need to consider and research in coming up with a solution, and a plan of action for how you will deal with the situation.
Your paper should have a cover sheet that lists your name, the question section number, and the scenario you have chosen. Your paper should be double spaced and use a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman, 12 pt). Written as a letter or diary/journal entry, Meets 1-2 page single spaced length requirement
Description of what happened
Excellent, detailed, and clear description of parenting scenario
Identification of parenting issues that need to be explored
Comprehensive and clear analysis of what issues need to be researched or explored
Plan of action for dealing with the situation
Comprehensive and detailed description of plan of action for dealing with the situation