MY DEVELOPMENTAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY 6
Infancy and Childhood
My parents informed me that I was a healthy and normal child. I hada consistent growth rate all through my infancy and childhood. Ienjoyed playing a lot, which is normal during childhood years. When Istarted walking, it was almost impossible for me to stay at one placeas I enjoyed running around the house.
I can describe my cognitive development as similar to that of my agemates and in line with Piaget’s stages of cognitive development.By age two, I was able to gain knowledge of objects and theirmanipulation owing to the many toys my parents bought for me. Piagetdescribes such knowledge as the sensory motor stage, where a childacquires information from the things around them (Berk, 2010). I wasmore active during Piaget’s second stage, known as pre-operations,because my parents state that I often talked to chairs and toys as Iplayed with them.
My mother recalls that the main challenge she faced when I was aninfant and in my early childhood is that I was too attached to her.Attachment refers to a deep emotional connection to anotherindividual, common in children (Berk, 2010). My mother states thatshe was forced to carry me around the house, because I would cryuncontrollably when left alone in a room.
I continued to have a normal physical development duringadolescence. I was also able to experience most of the physicaldevelopment changes that my parents had told me about. While some ofmy peers had problems adjusting to their changing bodies, I canconclude that mine was an easy transition.
I can describe myself as a bright student. Based on a review of myacademic reports as an adolescent, I performed better than most of mypeers. My parents always encouraged me to make decisions on my own,which enhanced my level of independence and maturity. I remember mycousins complaining that I behaved like an adult.
According to Kohlberg’s stages of moral reasoning, duringthe third stage of interpersonal relationships, individuals behave inways that portray them as good to others (Sigelman & Rider,2012). I can relate to Kohlberg’s argument, because as anadolescent I was emotionally and socially attached to my family andensured my behavior was pleasing to them.
In my early and middle adulthood I have had bad eating habits. As aresult I have gained extra weight. As an adult, my parents are nolonger strict on what I eat because I am able to make decisions, likewhat to eat individually. However, apart from gaining extra weight, Iam physically healthy.
I achieved passing grades in high school and college. My decisionmaking skills have also improved. This is because I am able to makethe right decisions about my life and I have never been influenced bypeer pressure to engage in bad behaviors, like underage drinking ortaking drugs.
I have become more emotionally stable as an adult. I can attributethe emotional stability to my parent’s parenting style. Myparents have been very involved in my life. They have guided me onhow to deal with challenges and avoid making mistakes. In addition,my parents have taught me the significance of building relationship,especially during this stage when I am beginning to form intimaterelationships.
I hope that in my late adulthood, I will be able to lead a healthylifestyle. I realize that in order to do so, I have to make thedecision to eat healthy foods and exercise a lot. I want to bephysically fit to avoid illnesses that may negatively affect mywellbeing in future.
I desire to become a wise person even in my old age. Hence, I havechosen a career that I will practice for many years, which will makeit possible to pass my knowledge to others. My parents have alsotaught me the importance of saving for retirement. I aspire tohave enough savings to maintain my upkeep once I stop working.
I have many friends, both in college and from my neighborhood. Irealize that it is important to have friends, to share ideas andspend time together. I also desire to have a happy family in my lateadulthood, to act as my source of emotional support during my lateyears.
Both, nature and nurture have influenced me to become the person Iam. My parents nurtured me to become an independent and responsibleperson. They were highly involved in my life from infancy to date. Ibelieve that due to my upbringing, I have become an individual who isable to make wise decisions on my own. I also consider myself as aresponsible person, evident in my determination to avoid badinfluences in my life. Genetics have also influenced my development.Most of my family members are intelligent, which explains mycognitive development apparent in my academic success.
Berk, L.E., (2010). Development through the lifespan. Boston,MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Sigelman, C. K & Rider, E. A. (2012). Life-span humandevelopment. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.