Urie Brofenbrenner is an American developmental psychologist who is best known for his Ecological Systems Theory of child development. This theory “focuses on broad, interconnected influences on human development. It proposes that we can best explain development in terms of the interactions between individuals and the environments in which they live (Mossler, 2013, Chapter 2, Section 2. 6, Urie Bronfenbrenner and the Ecological Systems Theory,” para 1).
While reviewing the Looking into the Past assignment I decided on the two events listed in the following pages to explain how these events and the Brofenbrenner theory affected me.
In last week’s assignment I wrote about moving out when I was 16 into my own apartment. I was still in high school so it was a huge learning experience for me. Not only did I have to pay bills but I still needed to go to school every day. There were times when I could have easily just stayed at home and slept in because there was no one there to force me into going to school. By being responsible for everything at 16 it helped me as an adult by teaching me how important it was to keep your obligations and not back out of anything that you are responsible for. It also taught me to be responsible for paying bills and taking care of myself.
I truly believe that this is what made it easier for me to take care of my kids starting at age 20. Even though that was a young age to start a family I had already been on my own for 4 years so I had little fear of failure. I was confident that I would be able to take care of my child, my husband and myself. This event is the event that I believe formed me into the person I am today. When comparing this event in my life with the Brofenbrenner rings, I would have to say the microsystem had a huge influence on my growth, my success and the outcome of this event.
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By having the people around me that I did (my friends, my teachers even my counselor at school) drove me to continue my education and graduate from high school. I also believe that the exosystem that was around me enabled me to be able to live on my own because of social security and VA checks that I received every month, because of these social programs I was able to attend school and not have to work too. If I did not have the benefit of those programs, I sincerely believe that I would never have completed high school. The people in my microsystem at the time all helped to teach me to have the drive and the dedication to complete my schooling.
This lesson is still with me today and will help me have discipline in my online learning. The microsystem around me enabled me to learn to take the initiative to complete my studies and the determination to do my best. Of course the most influential, positive effect that I wrote about last week was the birth of my children. By having my children, it taught me to think about others first, to work hard to provide for someone other than myself and to make sure that someone else’s wellbeing always came before mine. When we are young, at least when I was young, my world revolved around me.
I was the most important person. Of course once you have children that all changes you are now responsible for another human being and they should come first. Having children changes everything. No longer was I a carefree, no worries person; now my microsystem involved the most important people in my life. Every day I lived for them. I was the one who was responsible for making sure they were fed, clothed and healthy, but I had help. Their grandmother on their dad’s side was great and she helped me so much in the first few months of my son’s life.
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If she was not in my world I think it would have been a little more difficult. When my children were young, I was working and attending school full time, this caused some very stressful situations for me and did influence how I interacted with my children, and handled the stress at home. This is the mesosytem, which “describes the interaction between groups within the microsystem”, (Mossler, 2013, Chapter 2, Section 2. 6, Urie Bronfenbrenner and the Ecological Systems Theory,) and is one of Brofrenbrenner’s rings or his ecological systems theory.
Some days my days were easy and there was some stress, but not a lot, so on those days it was an enjoyable evening for me. Then of course there were the days that I had so much stress all I really wanted to do was just go into my room, close the door, and sit in the quiet. Learning how to deal with those everyday stresses taught me patience and perseverance. Patience to handle the issues at home without getting angry or frustrated and perseverance to stay with something once I started it. I believe that the mesosystem affects us a lot more than we think it does.
In my life, I know if I have a stressful day at work I will come home more tired and in the mood for quiet. I believe that the mesosystem can change our everyday reactions to different events because our interactions also can change every day. By having my children so young, it had a huge impact on the person I am today as an older adult. Because I was young I spent most of my adult life looking after other people. I see that a lot in who I am today as well. I tend to show someone how I feel by looking after them and making sure that they have what they need.
Having children taught me how to multitask, how to organize and how to get things done in a timely manner. These are all tools that are needed in any type of job you do whether it is in school or your actual job. When you are organized you can complete things in a more timely fashion, instead of taking the time to try and locate the supplies you need to complete a task you have already organized them in an efficient way. Multi-tasking enables me to handle doing my homework, by being able to focus on my homework yet still handle things that are going on around me.
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I think one of the most important thing I learned while raising my children that will help me in my studies is time management and being able to focus on my homework to get it done quickly yet efficiently. Having good time management is something that has already helped me with just the last week of school. By making sure my other work around the house is done. I am able to focus on my homework and get it done without worrying that I am failing to complete something else.