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Family Life Cycle

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Elise Gunder

on 1 March 2013

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Elise Gunder Family Life Cycle Beginning Stage The beginning stage is the first stage in the family life cycle. This stage begins when a couple gets married, which makes up a new family unit. The main goal during this is to get adjusted to married life with your spouse, while maintaining your individuality. Childbearing Stage This is the second stage of the family life cycle. During the childbearing stage the couple is focused on the upcoming birth of their child. The wife and husband come to realize that life will be much different as they also become mother and father. Parenting Preschoolers Stage During the third stage of the family life cycle, providing for the child's growth and development is mainly where parents' attention is focused. Parents of preschoolers develop certain ideas about support, guidance, and discipline for their children socially and emotionally in this stage. My family is not in this stage, but I will be in about 6 years. I would like to get married when I'm 23. I plan on being in this stage when I'm around the age of 24. My sister just got out of this stage with her oldest son, who graduated from preschool last year. She's still in this stage because of my 2-year-old nephew. Parenting School-Agers Stage The fourth stage of the family life cycle begins when the child becomes 6-years-old. Parents encourage their child's school achievements at this time, and expect their child to become more responsible by internalizing the rules of home and school. When the child reaches age 13, the parenting school-agers stage ends. My sister just started this stage this school year since my nephew started kindergarten and will soon be 6-years-old. He understands really well that most rules from home are applied at school as well. Parenting Adolescents Stage A parent's job during the fifth stage of the family life cycle is to focus on the adolescent who is seeking independence from the family. Decisions that the parent makes within and outside the family setting are reasoned with the adolescent. My mom is in her last couple of years in this stage since I'm her youngest child and will be graduating next school year. Launching Stage The launching stage involves parents letting go of their parenting tasks day-by-day. Parents get their child prepared to live on their own in the real world and send them off to college, military, or jobs. Parents teach their child how to become independent of the family in the launching stage. My mom has already went through this stage three different times with my older siblings. She sent my brother off to college, my sister off to her new apartment, and my other sister to Washington when she got married. Middle-Age Years Stage In the seventh stage of the family life cycle, parents can begin to focus on their relationship with one another again. Some become grandparents during this stage and those without children have usually transitioned to this stage in the parenting years. Couples prepare for their retirement years as well during the middle-age years stage. My parents are somewhat in this stage already because they are grandparents now, and they have plans already thought-out for retirement. Aging-Family Stage The eighth, and final, stage of the family life cycle includes the couple that is adjusting to retirement and having much more time with each other. Many older people in this stage acquire new hobbies or skills. Declining health is dealt with during this last stage, which may call for their now adult children to take care of them. Sadly, but realistically, this stage ends in death. My mamaw is in this stage as she is now retired, and joined the Red Hat Club to keep her busy. Unfortunately, she is also widowed.
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