First Impression Post Week 3

--Original published at Michael's Blog

Considering all of the different types of parenting, they all have their pros and cons. While tiger parents, may strive to have their children be very successful academically, their kids may not be allowed to go out and have fun like some of the other kids can do. For jellyfish parents, it is the opposite. Jellyfish parents will let their kids have more freedom and fun, which can lead to lower grades.

My thoughts on parenting are that parents should be more laid back and allow the child to do what they want without being pressured. The parent still needs to be authoritative when necessary. With the parent allowing the child to do what they want, there could potentially be a better bond between the two. When parents are more strict to their children, it can cause feuds and the child may be not as close with their parent as a parent who is less strict.

When the child becomes a teenager, it is natural for them to try and act out in different ways. They may start partying and staying out late. The parent in this case should have a talk with them, but should not completely make them stay in. If the child wants to do something, the parent should let them do it. Being more authoritative in this case is just going to lead to the child doing things behind their back without them knowing, which could actually be worse.

I feel it is important to be in your child’s life as much as possible. Being a loving and supporting parent is what makes a good parent. When a child messes up and has to tell their parent, they shouldn’t be scared to death to tell them. There definitely should be punishment, but it should be somewhat relaxed, depending on what the child did. It is okay to be a helicopter parent, as long as you give the child some space every so often.


--Original published at Michael's Blog

Hello, my name is Michael Sheaffer and I am a sophomore business administration major with a concentration in finance. The reason I took this class is to satisfy my core requirements. I have no background in psychology. When I hear the word “psychology,” I typically think of the brain and how it works.

The three topics that I find the most interesting are “Why do we forget,” “Mechanics of sleep,” and “How to improve memory.” I find it interesting to know more about memory and how to possibly improve it. I am also very interested in how sleep works and possible ways to improve it.

The three topics I find the least interesting are “Emotion,” “Motivation,” and “Stress.” I am not really interested in learning about emotion because I feel it will be kind of boring. I am not interested in learning about motivation because I already know what motivates me. I am not really interested in learning about stress because I know how to deal with situations when I am feeling stressed.

One question I would like to have answered is how do psychologists figure out how the brain works? What is the process they use?