Adulthood and Childhood
“The period in the human lifespan in which full physical and intellectual maturity have been attained.” “The period of the human lifespan between infancy and adolescence.” This is how adulthood and childhood are defined by Encyclopedia Britannica. The definition of these two words vary from person to person. If you were to ask 10 people you would most likely get 10 different variations. My definition of adulthood would be the period of time when you become independent from your parents and take on responsibility such as raising a family, buying a house and paying bills. Childhood would be the period of time that you depend on your parents to get you food, clothes and everything else you need to develop and mature into an adult
Firstly, these two terms have many characteristics that are associated with them. There are physical, psychological, and emotional characteristics. The physical characteristics includes physical and biological changes to the body. Children can do new things with their bodies such as walk, talk, jump, throw a ball, etc. Adults can reproduce and their bodies have fully developed their secondary sex characteristics. The psychological characteristics include changes in behavior. Children will begin to try new things and become more independent. They will also begin to push boundaries and throw temper tantrums/ fits. Adults begin to take on more responsibility such as owning a house, paying bills, and raising kids. The emotional characteristics include changes in their personality. Children begin to learn how to control their feelings/ emotions. Adults become independent from their families and start more intimate relationships. These are just some of the many characteristics associated with these two terms.
Secondly, the definition of these two terms vary from person to person and from culture to culture. If I went around the world and asked different people, their definition wo...