Family and Child Studies
Studying Family and Child Studies has always been my long-term dream. Many factors might have influenced the final decision but growing up in the city and noting how different families lived remains the most significant factor. This line of study prepares an individual for a career dealing with both youth and old families in varying settings. In the city, many environmental and social factors affect the growth of children. Some grow in rich neighborhoods while others come from the slum dwelling towns where they live from hand to mouth. Others lack a place to call home. At the end of the day, such factors affect children in different ways. City life distinguishes families basing on income levels with the lower strata receiving poor social services. I am studying this course to gain an understanding on how such issues can be resolved.
I have a background in teaching children at the elementary level and am always curious to understand the dynamics involved in the development of children and adults. Different settings affect children and adults in different ways. Studying Family and Child Studies will provide an opportunity to understand how we can deal with the different groups in different sets of the environment. Some of the experiences learnt through this course during research training will prove to be effective in dealing with the above issue. Some skills include problem-solving skills, counseling, and settling of disputes. All this will come in handy in the above course.
This course will provide a good foundation in specific human developmental aspects from childhood through adolescence and finally adulthood. It will also provide information on how environmental factors shape the lives of different families. The information obtained from the above course will provide the necessary knowledge required to understand, evaluate and help different individuals in different settings. Some of the sectors where the skills will apply include human services and childhood programs.