As people transition into adulthood, they are faced with many changes

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As people transition into adulthood, they are faced with many changes. These changes include physical, personal, emotional, and social. The Psychosocial theory of development was proposed by the well-known psychologist, Erick Erickson. Erickson was focused on how social interaction and relations influenced the role in development. He believed conflict caused people to reach a turning point in development. Most people have to work out of necessity. It is important that people balance their work with the non-work time. During this non-work time, people need to enjoy family life, community activities, physical exercise, spiritual endeavors to avoid burn-out.

Striking a balance between work and non-work recovery times is essential to being healthy. According to Voydanoff, as it became clear that work and family are interrelated domains, scholars and practitioners began to develop approaches to increase our understanding of the linkages between them. (Voysnoff 2005). As people try to meet work demands and family demands, it can easily stress people out. According to Voysnoff, work demands, and family needs consist of time-based and strain-based work and family demands. (Voysnoff 2005).

The best practice in my life to balance work and family life has at times been very stressful. Some of the stress I had originally encountered was due to my personal way of handling things in my life. I am the type of person that puts myself last. Putting oneself last on the totem pole is not good for managing stress. I had to make some changes and I did. I worked hard at work and met their requirements and I generally loved my job. When I came home, I had to stop my family from taking me for granted. They seemed to think I could handle and do everything, which in the past had left me little or no time for myself. Not being able to keep work and balance was my lack of respect for my own time and feeling guilty for saying, “no”. I told my family that I was needed my downtime. That meant, not to ask me to do anything unless it was an emergency. I was able to pray or meditate which reduced stress for me. I was able to take a bubble bath or a shower and relax for the rest of the evening. I had to learn to say, “no”. It was hard at first because my personality is to help everyone. To this day, I keep up with my downtime. I still have the basic respect for my time so I can keep a balance.

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(2) When I first began taking this class, I knew a little something about life span development and how it works with us as individuals within our emerging adulthood and development. I also feel that it is imagining how another individual may feel if I was in their shoes doing what they do in their everyday life. Growing into adulthood as individuals we start to develop more and grow into many different changes that we go through in our lives. In our textbook, states; “As we move into adulthood, social roles and relationships define us: employee, romantic partner, spouse, friend, grandparent”. (Mossler, R. A., & Ziegler, M. (2016). Ch. 13.3 para.1) It is also being a part of our emotional, personal, physical, social well-being. Erik Erikson put together the proposed Psychosocial theory of development, and his main thing was to focus on the social influences during the life span of individuals. According to Erikson; “each developmental period is marked by a psychosocial challenge that can have either a favorable or an unfavorable outcome. The desired outcome provides an opportunity for growth, whereas the alternative inhibits personality growth.” (Mossler, R. A., & Ziegler, M. (2016). Ch. 11.2 para. 2). The main thing is that individuals tend to get frustrated and lash out at their co-workers or sometimes their family, so they should try to stay calm and not take the work stuff home. As individuals, we should try to set some boundaries or decided what our priorities are along with spending time with family. Basically, they need to know the difference between having a career to being a family person. Also finding the time to relax, do family things, and take vacations as a family, and engage in Church activities together.

Describe and explain one best practice in your life with respect to work/life balance.

Being able to balance work, and being at home with family is balancing your priorities by knowing what is important, and what is something you are just doing in your life to get ahead.

According to Donald Super and his followers; “People need to integrate personal factors, such as values, needs, and skills, as well as ecological factors, like family, neighborhood, and economic opportunity, into career planning (Savickas, 2002). (Mossler, R. A., & Ziegler, M. (2016). Ch.14.2 para. 6). Balancing family and work takes some getting used to when you are first getting started out. You have to make sure that you separate the two from each other because if you don’t there will be conflict and stress affecting both family and your work experience. “The growth of work demands and difficult family situations make work-family conflict more prevalent for organizations to manage as they struggle to help employees navigate work-life balance problems” (Bennett, M. M., Beehr, T. A., & Ivanitskaya, L. V. (2017). Whenever there is more demands for your work experience it because difficult to manage your home life when it comes to your family because I experienced that a few times. “Although there are different stage theories (e.g. Erikson’s, 1950 psychosocial stages of development), life cycle stages are based upon life demands people experience, often in similar sequence” (Bennett, M. M., Beehr, T. A., & Ivanitskaya, L. V. (2017).

Explain how the best practice you have identified is grounded in, or conceptually related to, one or more of the insights you identified from the readings.

I believe that the best practice that I can think of that has been balanced and grounded, as far as family, school and work even though it was a little hard and overwhelming at times. The things that really made it hard was me putting things off to the last minute, not focusing on my work as I should. Being the person that I am I always put off the things I want to do to make sure everyone else around me, or those I work with are taken care of first, while I put off what I want. Every time that would happen I would get frustrated and procrastinate doing the things that I knew I had to do to move forward. After doing all of that I knew it was time to make some changes to my life and the things that I was doing. When I was working at the hospital as an HIV Counselor I did almost everything as far as doing orientation for the new patients, giving the HIV results, and also putting together the intake about the patients for the meeting on Fridays. Everything was on me to do because the co-worker that worked with me was on maternity leave for a while, so it was a bit much to do. I started to be overwhelmed because work was becoming too much and then having my family feel that I was supposed to do everything for them as if they couldn’t do anything, like cook them some food, iron their clothes, or wash them it really drained me a lot. Then one day I had to let them know that I was only one person, so they had to start doing things for themselves and also helping out some too because I couldn’t do everything myself. It was really hard trying to juggle both with no help because I began to get tired and drained, so eventually, I had to say I couldn’t do it anymore because I had no time for myself or time to do what I wanted to do because I was always helping everyone else out. That’s when I decided that I was going to do something for me a go back to school to continue my education for me, and that is what I did. My family knows how I am and know that I try to make them happy all the time, so they stop asking me to do things for them and started helping me out more because they could see that I was tired and drained.


Bennett, M. M., Beehr, T. A., & Ivanitskaya, L. V. (2017). Work-family conflict: Differences across generations and life cycles. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 32(4), 314-332. doi:

Mossler, R. A., & Ziegler, M. (2016). Understanding development: A lifespan perspective. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc


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