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Chapter 2 Learning About Families Section 2

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Keri Feight

on 18 October 2016

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Transcript of Chapter 2 Learning About Families Section 2

What Parenthood Means
Changes
Parenthood results in new responsibilities
Physical care, financial support, love, guidance
Child’s needs come first
Very overwhelming for first-time parents

1. Lifestyle adjustments
Newborns require parents to have a huge amount of time and energy for feeding, diapering, playtime, and comfort time
This limits personal freedom
May limit time spent with friends
May limit relaxation times


3. Relationship changes
Can create conflict within a marriage caused by feeling overwhelmed
Communication is necessary for getting through the rough spots
Relationships with parents can change
Conflicts can arise from unsolicited advice or suggestions of help
Can bring parents & grandparents closer due to parents appreciation for their own parents

4. Changes at work
Having children impacts careers
Women may quit working to stay at home or cut back on work hours
Employers may offer:
child care facilities to employees
flexible work hours
part-time work

Having children can bring many rewards to strong marriages and give parents a sense of accomplishment

Rewards of Parenthood
Are you Emotionally mature?
Ability to consistently put someone else’s needs before your own
Being secure enough to devote your full attention to an infant without receiving any attention in return
Being able to hold your temper

Parenting Readiness
Is it genuine Desire to be a parent or just solve a problem?
Not all the reasons for wanting children indicate a real readiness for parenthood
Having children doesn’t mean a solution to marital problems

Health
The health of an infant begins before pregnancy begins.
A woman who is healthy prior to pregnancy has a head start on having a healthy baby.
Follow the Food Guide pyramid
Prenatal vitamins are usually prescribed early in the pregnancy
Best advice: Both prospective parents should get a full medical checkup before conceiving a child.
Age of mother is a consideration
Under seventeen or over thirty-five – pregnancy is risky for both mother and baby

Finances
Before deciding on having a child, couples should take a look at the costs involved over the years ahead.

Chapter 2 Learning About Families Section 2
2. Emotional adjustments
Fear of not being a good parent
Frustration at the loss of personal freedom plus new responsibilities
Worry over money
Jealousy over the attention baby gets
Depression – exhaustion or the physical changes of pregnancy and birth
Emotions can cause feelings of confusion


The success of parenting relies on how parents are able to manage resources, such as time, skills, money and energy

Set goals
Identify resources
Make a plan
Put the plan into action
Reevaluate from time to time

Building Management Skills
Building a Healthy Family
A strong family requires everyone working together
Feeling committed – shown through respect, support, and consideration
Making time together – spending time together builds strong family bonds
Communicating – open, honest communication with considerations of others’ feelings
Appreciation – speak and act affectionately toward each other
Shared beliefs – reflect what is important to family members
Coping skills – ability to recognize a problem and the willingness to admit to it

Personal Readiness??
Why do people have children?
How do you know if you are ready?
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