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Critical Approach Bethan is a special child and she is exceptionally mature for her age. Although I was unable to fully observe her maturity in the Initial visit, I was fortunate enough to base my study on her. Thus, my initial decision to study her was based merely on the actuality that she resides near my house (convenience), she speaks English and she appears to be externally adorable. Her reaction to my presence is essential for effective testing of the theories. What if she exhibits extreme shyness towards me, even after numerous 'bonding activities'? What if she refuses to co-operate with me, and to perform the theories? What if she has unbearable mood swings? I was unable to answer these queries, just from the Initial visit; therefore the risk factor involved in choosing an appropriate child for my study was very high. Overall, the negativity in basing my study on a child, who I did not know, is to be emphasized. I lost complete control of my study, and in turn, my extreme dependence on Bethan to co-operate and test the theories put the content and meticulousness of each visit in danger. ...read more.


In addition, she joined in on activities, which did not specifically appeal to Bethan, and encouraged Bethan to partake. On the initial visit, she helped reduce the apparent aura of stiffness and strangeness that existed between Bethan and me by requesting Bethan to take me to her room. She took the time to fully answer my questions, needed for a discussion of Bethan's diet, teeth and clothing, in comparison to a similar child of her age. Bethan's conduct and excellent mannerism is the result of Ailish's teachings. Ailish encourages Bethan to be independent, and she constantly gives Bethan little 'jobs' to do (putting her shoes away, taking her plate to the sink... etc). They do not have a full time maid, and therefore, Ailish wants Bethan to grow up being responsible for her belongings and her behavior. Bethan even takes care of Joe for several minutes every morning, while Ailish gets dressed. As a result of Ailish's teachings, most of my visits were successful. Overall, although I regret taking pictures, I did not deem it vital for an effective study of Bethan. For further child studies, I will ask someone to accompany me on my visits exclusively for the taking of photos. ...read more.


In addition, Ailish's involuntary tendencies to continuously compare Bethan's development to that of other children contribute to the stress of parenting; the attainment of a perfect child is an unrealistic goal, yet a parent, like Ailish, endeavors to achieve the unreachable. Ailish also had to retire and refuse numerous invitations to social gatherings to care for Joe and Bethan; it is a full-time job. However, the acknowledgement that she had a part to play in Bethan's maturity into a responsible adult is a superb reward for the stress and pain she had to tolerate! I can tell that she unconditionally loves Bethan; and that verity is why I want to be a mother. I am presently interacting with children from my synagogue, and as I am an older sister, it is my duty to care for my younger sister and brother. Hopefully, I will also continue to maintain contact with Bethan as her presence relaxes me. This exposure to the younger generation is healthy for my development, and provides me with experiences, in handling children. My desire to further study childcare and in due course, obtain a child-orientated job is not strong; consequently the GCSE Child Development course is adequate, in satisfying my foremost concern of becoming a reasonable parent. ...read more.

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