Family interview for child development and education

Family Interview  





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Part A 

  1. Description of the family—- Discuss in paragraph format. Not questions/answers 
  2. Family activities

III. Communication 

  1. Education
  2. Discipline and responsibility-taking
  3. Cultural traditions

VII. Community involvement 

VIII.  Support from others 

  1. Compare and Contrast to your own family

Part B.  Analysis: 


  1. Interrelationship of Child, Family and Community: 
  2. Theoretical Perspectives:

III. Impacts on children and families 

  1. I Support and Empowerment Strategies: 


Part C- Concluding Thoughts 

Write a brief paragraph in which you discuss 

  • At least 4 significant concepts learned  
  • Provide an explanation as to how information learned will be used for future growth. 
  • Provide an “action plan” with three specific goals based on the information learned… Meaning, what are your plans with either with your own family or families of children that you are working with. 
  • Anything else you would like to share regarding the assignment. 






Family Interview- Guideline, Template and Grading Rubric. Due April 20 

Family Interview (125 points):  Each student will conduct a confidential interview with a family from an ethnic group or a culture different from his or her.  The chosen family must have at least one child and must be older than 3 years of age. The family you have chosen can be traditional (mom and dad), single, etc. A typed essay paper, 7-10 page will reflect the conversation with the family about the role that the family plays on the child’s life.  The paper must be typed, double space, size 12 font, and an essay format. The cover page should include a title, your name, class information, and due date.  You can find the Detail guidelines and grading rubric in the modules tab, locate the link “Family Interview”. Please read the guideline carefully and follow the guideline. Also, be sure to review the grading rubric to better understand what is expected from you. See the course schedule for the due date. Please save your paper with either PDF or Word Doc. NO Google doc, No pages, No works.  (Submit via Canvas as an attachment; do not e-mail). No Late Work! No  EXCUSE.   BE PROACTIVE!!!! See Course Calendar for Due date. 



FAMILY INTERVIEW Example page follow this template 

Name: XXXX  




reinforcement, extinction, punishment, feedback, and learning by doingand cognitive techniques include instruction, setting standards, and reasoning (Berns, 2013, p. 52). The parents have been asked to discuss their communication with their kids. Jsays he is very active with communicating with Luke, and talking about his joys or problems usually happen as they occur. Nhas also said that Luke can be a picky eater and refuse to eat sometimes. When this happens, both Jand Ntry to reason with Lukethe benefits of eating his meal. Nbelieves that she and Jagrees to a good majority of their parenting styles on raising and disciplining their children. Both Jon and Nare authoritative with Luke, meaning that they are controlling but flexible, warm, and reasonable, resulting that Luke is cooperative and content (Berns, 2013, 138). When the parents have a disagreement, they talk about what is right and find a middle ground on how to raise and discipline Luke. Jstated that he is open to constructive criticism and will include N’s way of parenting when necessary. Both agree that they communicate well with each other to improve their relationship, as well as their family. Berns discussed that family with great communication “are spontaneous, honest, open, and receptive to one another. This means expressingnegative as well as positive feelings” (2013, p. 109). The explanation of communication fits with Nand J’s family.The parents have been asked if it is important that their children get a good education, they both immediately agreed that they should. They would love to have their children go onto higher education, but it is completely up to the children’s choice. Jon stated that education will help their children success in this world. Nagrees, adding that with what their kids learn at school will always help them even when they do not think it will. Both parents stated that they will both help their children to the best of their abilities to ensure the kids are well-educated. They have researched elementary schools for Luke and only want the best for him and his  


education. Nand Jon believe the child care center and school are providing an incredible environment for learning. Luke has just started kindergarten this year, but was in pre-school and a child care center prior, Jsays Luke has learned a lot about interacting with his peers, who are approximately the same age,as Berns stated in the textbook (2013, p. 48). The parents know every school has an environment meant for kids, what they expect of an appropriate setting is one that isin a safe location, teachers who are aware and alert of all their students, and has a mix of education but also interactions with other kids to develop more.Jis very interactive with Luke’s education and continues to work with him at home on things he may have not understood at school. From their knowledge of the child care center and school, parents are able to volunteer whenever they can, Jand Nhave volunteered a couple times throughout the years. Jstated that teachers give progress and feedback reports every week, helping him and Nfigure out what they can do to improve Luke’s education and behavior, if necessary.When asked how Luke is learning to behave appropriately, Jon answered that they lay out rules for him clearly so he can understand. And if something were to occur, they would take the initiative on letting Luke know. Nsaid that Jon does most of the disciplining, but she will speak up when needed. Agreeing that Luke is a well-behaved boy, they have no problem with his responsibilities as he has little to worry about. Luke helps make the bed, change and plays with Jacob, and put his toys away. Jstated that when he does something, Luke wants to join and help. Nadded that when she puts away dishes, Luke is right next toher lending a helping hand and she tells him he can do this all by himself when he is a little older. Rogoff (2013) discussed, “Children obey and imitate; they learn by doing –even when children play, an adult or older sibling is nearby to guide them as needed” (as cited in Berns, 2013, p. 122). This statement fits this family’s life style well as it is a part of the collectivism orientation. Jand Luke’s teacher  


have agreed on how to discipline him when it is necessary. Berns discussed, “When family and school or community values are collaborative, positive child outcomes are likely” (2013, p. 141). Having consistent discipline between the parents and teachers, helps the child understand how they are supposed to behave. The parents have beenasked if their children have learned about their cultural traditions, both answered yes. Nwants her children to know a lot about her Vietnamese background. Berns discussed that traditions set patterns where people interact with each other (2013, p. 64). Jon explained that on Christmas Eve, the kids are allowed to open one present of their choice to get them excited for the rest of their gifts. He also said that he volunteers at their local rescue mission the day before Thanksgiving, and would love to have the boys help him when they are older. Ngrew up wearing traditional Vietnamese attire for special occasions with her two brothers, and would love Luke and Jacob to experience that as well. When asked if religious traditions or beliefs are taught, they both do not practice a religion. They agreed that pushing a religion onto their kids is not how they want them to grow up. They want their children to experience life without any regulations, but support them if they want to practice a religion. “Values are qualities or beliefs that are viewed as desirable or important” (Berns, 2013, p. 67). After thinking about values, the parents want their children to live by and havehonesty, determination,love, respect, and everything in between in their lives. They described their neighborhood as being quiet, but neighbors are interactive with one another. Etzioni (1993) explained, “The function of the community, then, is to provide a sense of belonging, friendship, and socialization of children” (as cited in Berns, 2013, p. 50). Jand Nactivelyparticipate in activities with their community. Their community coordinates movie night in the park, scavenger hunts during certain holidays, donations for canned and coat drives  


for their local homeless shelter and rescue mission, and muchmore. Jwould love to have the community come together to provide scholarships for kids who cannot afford sports equipment. Nadded that she wants to coordinate a fun runway or talent show for the kids, as well as the adults. The parents have little time on their hands, but when they put their minds to something they are passionate about that is beneficial, they will go to board meetings and initiate their proposal.“If community members want their children to have ‘the right to full opportunity for play and recreation,’ they can communicate this desire to their city council members” (Berns, 2013, p. 50). They work well with kids in their community, and see their neighbors as family. Jon wants his kids to be leaders, but in a sense that does not make them feel superior of others. Nanswered that she wants Luke and Jacob to be helpful and compassionate with their actions. Their community has a tutoring centers and local healthcare centers to provide counseling.They also have a Boys & Girls Club where kids can go to after school to receive tutoring or playful interactions with others. Jand Nhave been asked who they turn to when they have a problem, they both answered saying to each other. But of course there are things they cannot solve themselves, so they turn to their parentsor close friends for help and advice. Their local healthcare center, administration from schools, and locals within their community are willing to help support parents raising their children. Jand Nhave not sought help, but have asked questions about how it works and what to expect if and when they ever need the support. Berns discussed, “Family services include marriage counseling, prenatal and family planning, family life education, homemaker services, and senior citizen services” (2013, p. 348). These resources can be very beneficial for those who need them, there is no need to feel ashamed orembarrassed of seeking help to better and improve  


their lives for them and their children. The community is there to provide support to ensure their members are safe and comfortable in their neighborhood and home.As I read back on the eight components, there are some similarities and differences between my family and Jon and N’s family. I also live with a step parent, starting from a young age, though not as young as Luke. Nmentioned that being a stepmother could have an effect on him, and that too was a concern my mom had when we started living with my stepfather. Since I was older when we moved, I believe I had a better understanding than Luke as to why the divorce happened between the biological parents. Their family was very interactive with each other and my family was not, we did not have as tight of a bond, but we did have times where we have gone to a different place, just not as often as them. My parents did not really have the time to have one on one time with the kids to talk about ourfeelings. Like Jand N, my parents agreed on the style of raising and disciplining the kids. Both of our families are open, but my family was more restrained, Blake (1994) discussed, “Other families, on the other hand, may believe that for the groupto function effectively, its members must refrain from expressing their personal feelings and opinions be keeping them private” (as cited in Berns, 2013, p. 46). Similar to their family, my parents are very big on education and requires us the kids to goto school and get a degree. My parents were not active with my school activities, as long as I continued my education and did well, they were happy. Like Jon, being the biological parent, my mom would discipline me more than my stepfather. Luke’s and my responsibilities are similar. My parents’ parenting style was more of an authoritarian style, they were strict, but as I grew older, I understood why they were that way. The authoritarian style characteristics consist of strict control, values obedience, respect for authority, and tradition; resulting in my being a little afraid and disconnected (Berns, 2013, p. 138). Unlike their family, my family did not have traditions,  


but we did practice Buddhism and went to the temple quite often; however, nowadays my family has become a little disconnected with our religion. My family had very little involvement with the community and the activities that were held, because my mom did not feel the need to be very active with it. My mom wanted me and my siblings to stay inside majority of the time, we behaved well and occasionally had a chance to play outside in the park with some of the other kids we went to school with who lived in the same neighborhood. For support, my mom went to her older sister and my stepfather for help and support; my stepfather did and still does everything he can to provide for us just like Ndoes for Luke. AnalysisAn illustration of how the interrelationship of the children and family can be seen when the parents stated and explained that education is very important to them and would love to see their children continue after graduation high school, but will support their decisions on what they want to do with their lives. They also mentions that they will help them as much as they possibly can in order for themto succeed. According to Berns, “Socialization of the child begins in the family; the school extends the process by formal education” (2013, p. 205). An illustration the interrelationship of children and the community can be seen when the parents are active within their community, which is what Nhi and Jon are. With what Nhi and Jon want to coordinate with members of their community will help broaden the children’s range of experience and provide new roles and statuses (Berns, 2013, p. 51). An illustration the interrelationship of the family and community can be seen when the parents attend community meetings and events. Proposing new ideas and activities for the community requires the attendance of meetings. Berns discussed, “Direct involvement provides experiences in learning by doing; indirect involvement provides experiences in learning by instruction” (2013, p. 51). So the parents are in the right of  


wanting to start new events and activities for the community, they will learn first-hand on how to actively start something new. Erikson explained that self-development is “the personality development of individuals as the outcome of their interactions in their social environment” (Berns, 2013, p. 37). His theory is about how children identify themselves, feeling of trust and mistrust, initiative and guilt, and intimacy and isolation. For example, Luke loves helping and asking questions, this would fall under initiative versus guilt; however, he does not feel guilty because both Nhi and Jon are grateful he is interactive and curious of his surroundings. The community can help with answering questions Luke has in case his parents are not sure themselves. Erikson would agree with how Jon and Nhi are influencing and helping their children.Maslow explained that socialization involves safety, social belonging, self-esteem, and self-actualization. His theory is about individuals being ready to behave upon the growth if needs are met (Huitt, 2007). This affects the children by how they grow up, parents are to remind them to love themselvesand to become wiser as they grow. Jon and Nhi assure their kids that they are loved and that loving themselves make them stronger and wiser. Maslow would agree with how the parents influence their children.Bronfrenbrenner talked about the bioecological theory, the environment, and socialization systems. According to Bronfrenbenner, his bioecological theory has four socialization structures which are microsystems, mesosystems, macrosystems, and exosystems (Berns, 2013, p. 17). Based off of the interview, the parents would fall under the microsystem structure. Their children develop with activities and relationships with a microsystem structure, which consist of family, school, or community (Berns, 2013, p. 18). Bronfrenbrenner would also  


agree that the parents have a good influence on their children in the system they are surrounded by.As I reflect on the interview, a factorthat positively influence the socialization of their children isthe commitment they have on raising them the best they can with the community there to help, this will affect their children to ensure that they are loved and people are there for them. Another positivefactor would be the educationthey are providing their children, finding the best and safest school and child care center for their kids, resulting in the kids behaving well because of the collaborative discipline. In contrast, a factor that negatively influences the socialization of the children would be the lack of involvement with the community, although they do try their hardest to be involved as much as possible, and it has an immediate negative effect because the children would not have the same interaction as other kids in the community do since their parents are more active than Nhi and Jon.The strategies that can really empower this family in supporting the development and learning of their children are being consistent and proactive with working with them on communication, discipline, and education. Although Luke is a great, well beyond his age boy, it does not hurt to reinforce rules on him. I would suggest and recommend that the parents discipline their kids together, to show them both parents are serious. I would also suggest that Jon and Nhi seek help with their local healthcare center to get a different perspective of the situation if and when necessary. In conclusion, I have learned a lot from doing this family interview assignment, how being involved with the community can benefit a family, parents discipline their children differently than how I was disciplined, resources and service centers are helpful, and strategies Jon and Nhi use with their children. I will use the information I have learned to remind myself 


That every family is different and to be as involved with the community as I can. If and when I do have a family of my own, I would like to be able to be there for my children physically and emotionally, provide enough and maybe more for my family, and attend and support them at school events. This assignment has opened my eyes to how great it is that a community can influence the members in a positive way.