San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Parental and External Influences
Adult Influences -
Children are influenced by their family members and individuals that are external to the family
Parents provide a direct influence of the new born's perception of their limited environment. In some cases a substitute provides the direct care rather than a parent. Such a "nanny" may be a relative like a grandparent or a paid trained nurse. In this situation the child may form a stronger bond with the child than the parents.
As children age, they usually transition to a pre-school child care facility where they are cared for because parent(s) are working full-time. The responsibility for daycare is combined with the child's socialization and education in kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. In many cases parents need to enroll their child in after school programs for latch key kids. The transition of the child into kindergarten can be quite traumatic because of the extremely close bond (dependence) of the child with their their care giver. This reaction can occur in most case of a stay at home parent who provides total care, but does not expose the child to "play dates" that encourage the development of social skills and help to avoid of separation when they enter public school.
Community and religious groups are also examples of external influences that do not usually have the amount of daily direct contact as does the educational system. Parents usually choose a religious oriented school that provide an educational environment that is heavily steeped in the values that the parents share.
Adult influences exert positive/negative impressions on a child's developing "persona"
It is essential that adults create a positive environment that encourages the acquisition of technical and knowledge, while acquiring the social, ethical, and moral codes of our society. These are important tasks for parents, teacher, religious leaders, and sport coaches to live by, thus setting a positive role model to observe on a daily basis.
Child rearing can prove to be very challenging for first time parents even when they are established in a career with enough income to raise a child. Unfortunately there isn't a book that has the correct answers for every situation. There are many popular books about child rearing, but they are unable to compensate for variation in children and the lack of experience that is inherit in families with only one child. In many conservative communities there are great discussions about approving the curriculum for teaching sex education classes and in what grade(s) such classes should be taught.
Some school districts have developed courses dealing with sexual awareness, safe sex, dating, and skills required for success in marriage. Some involve classes of boys and girls who participate in role playing of pregnancy, birth, and practice care required for infants and child care for young children. In schools that have integrated pregnant students into the regular schools, some have added child care so they can bring their young child to school. These child care facilities provide a practical lab for the sex education classes. to prepare high school students to anticipate the responsibility that continues on a 24 hour basis for 18 or more years.
Teachers in most states are required to complete a year of training on how to teach and a semester of practice teaching under the supervision of an experienced classroom teacher. The goal of this extra training is to demonstrate how to effectively use many different strategies to:
NOTE: A strategy that works in one situation may not work exactly the same way with a
different classroom of students.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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