Erikson 's Third Stage, Industry

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INDUSTRY. From age 8 to around age 12, I was moving through Erikson’s fourth stage, industry. To be successful in this stage, Erikson believes that a child must be reinforced for their accomplishments by their parents, teachers, peers, and others in order to feel like a successful individual. My behavior did not change much throughout this stage. I was still the laid back, easy going child that I had always been. I started cheerleading when I was 8 years old and found that I had a love/hate relationship with the sport. The cheerleading helped me to make even more friends and become more outgoing. I adored my younger sister and spent most of my free time at home playing outside alongside her. Our father built us a miniature replica of our home that was able to conveniently sit in our backyard and provide countless hours of entertainment. Playing “house” was one of our favorite activities in the small house, and our specialty was our parent’s favorite mud pies with a side of worms. When I was 9, my mother graduated with her degree in early childhood education and accepted a kindergarten teaching position at a Title 1 school thirty minutes away from home. Although the school was a Title 1 school, my mother put my sister and I on permissive transfers to attend the school because it was part of one of the top school systems in the state of Georgia. I started attending the school in 4th grade and was in complete shock. My teacher scolded me for things I had never been
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