Parent Child Observation Essay

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I did my parent-child observation at a restaurant in Batesville Indiana. I went to a small family owned place called Wagner’s. I did my observation over Thanksgiving break after my family cut our Christmas tree down. This occurred on Saturday November 28th around 6pm. This is a place that I am relatively familiar with. I have been going there with my family every year since I was a young child. It is a pretty small restaurant. While one side has a bar, the other side is more family oriented. It is a child friendly place that has a small area that toddlers and young kids can play. It has coloring books and small toys. The parents I was observing were both white. The mother appeared to be in her early thirties. She had long brown hair and was…show more content…
I chose to relate this theory because I feel like it can be present in most every child as well as parent. Based on the age and actions of the child, I would place her in the stage of autonomy vs. shame and doubt. This stage typically occurs between the ages of two and three years old, which matches the age of the young girl. In addition, I looked at the actions of the girl and there was one example that I feel matched what typically happens during this stage. When the parent first saw the play area for the kids, they decided to let their daughter play. They took her to the small table in the area and sat down next to her. The little girl got mad and said that she did not want her parents help. She wanted to do it alone. The parents eventually decided to go back and sit at the table while she played. Their table was right next to the toy areas, and they could keep a good eye on her while she played. They likely decided to do this to give their daughter more independence which will make her feel like she can do things on her own without the help of her parents. This theory also relates to the parents that I observed. Since they appear to be in their thirties, they would be in the generativity vs. stagnation stage of development. They clearly have a child and are focused on caring for others, specifically caring for their daughter. This stage was
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