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The Six Stages of Parenthood

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Bethany Chumbley

on 18 February 2014

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The Six Stages of Parenthood
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Stage 1
: The Image-Making Stage (Prenatal Period)
Stage 2
: The Nurturing Stage (Infancy Period)
Parents are juggling with the new infant's demands and their own ideas and needs.
The primary task now is to establish a healthy attachment and relationship with the baby.
Parents also must merge the fantasizing of the baby with the reality of having a baby, comparing imagining with reality
Real life: Having to baby proof the house, putting up with multiple diaper changes, feeding, and physical activity for the baby while having own needs such as jobs and meeting family/friend, having to shop for the household.
Change or modify the image made in Stage 1.
Stage 4
: The Interpretive Stage (Elementary Years)
The tasks in this stage are associated with exposing the child to a broader and larger world outside of the home.
Help their child develop positive self-concepts.
The primary task at this point is for the parent to serve as the advocate and help the child interpret new experiences and ideas.
Real life: Bullying, hobbies, volunteering, small jobs, understanding the broader meaning of life, love and caring.
Stage 5
: The Interdependent Stage (Adolescence)
The child is going through puberty and new stages, encountering many challenges to make an identity of their own.
Start to form new kind of relationship with their children.
The primary task for the parents in this stage is to be there for the child as a discussant for a healthy development, and may act as role models, showing skills and behaviour.
Real life: making new friendships and relationships. Hormonal changes, bullying, going into high school, or graduating high school, drugs and peer pressure, social networking and media.
Stage 6
: The Departure Stage (Final Stage)
Period of time of launching the child, or sending him or her out into the world on their own.
Time for self-reflection.
Primary task for the parents in this stage is to reform and redefine the relationship with their child, accepting the change in their role of parenthood.
Real life: "Empty Nest Syndrome", starting to volunteer to keep busy.
Stage 3
: The Authority Stage (Early Years, Preschool)
Child is still very dependent on parents, and so parents must teach how to differ between right and wrong, providing a moral framework.
Parents decide how strict and permissive to be, what rules to make and how to set them. Theme of control vs. lack of control reaches peak and predominates.
More modification of imagining vs. reality.
The child also learns and abides by the house rules.
Real Life: children become demanding for toys, begin collecting allowance for small chores, but parents help identify the purpose for saving money, how to be nice to others, values and beliefs.
By: Bethany Chumbley & Lavleen Bedi
Overlapped with pregnancy and other challenges such as money and time, in their transition into parenthood.
The primary task for this time period is to prepare psychologically to become parents.
Individuals do this in many ways, including imagining and fantasizing about what their child will be like.
Real life: "I'll take the baby to the park every day, dress him/her up, we could take walks and read and play together.", fantasizing what the baby will look like, picturing the baby saying "mom/dad".
Discussion Questions!
Discuss the 6 stages of parenthood.
Discuss the primary/important tasks and roles parents play in each stage.
Talk about real-life examples.
Talk about development within those examples.
Lavleen's Sources:

Parent/Child Relations. (2005). Retrieved January 10, 2014, from Northern Illinois University: http://learn.niu.edu/graphics2/Content/pages/RVC/Six_stages.swf

Sailor, D. (2010, July 20). Stages of Parenthood. Retrieved January 12, 2014, from Education.com: http://www.education.com/reference/article/stages-parenthood/

Semonski, K. (2001, November 17). The Stages of Parenting: A Chronology In Adventure. Retrieved January 12, 2014, from Semonski Family Web Site: http://www.semonski.com/kosexternal/Academics_files/stagesofparenting.htm

Bethany's Sources:

Newman, R. (2008). The Six Stages of Parenthood. Retrieved January 11, 2014, from Better Beginings: http://www.arbetterbeginnings.com/sites/default/files/pdf_files/Six%20Stages%20of%20Parenthood.pdf

Parenting: Growing With Your Child. (1914, June 30). Retrieved January 10, 2014, from University of Maine: http://www.umext.maine.edu/onlinepubs/PDFpubs/4170.pdf

Six Stages of Parenthood. (n.d.). Retrieved January 11, 2014, from UNT: http://parenteducation.unt.edu/online-learning/six-stages-parenthood

1. Which stage of parenthood do you think would be most difficult for a parent to go through and why?

2. Is there a stage that you would consider most rewarding for a parent or do you think they are all equally rewarding?

3. All of our parents are in between the Interdependent Stage (adolescence) and the Departure stage (final stage) with us. What are some challenges you and your parents are facing currently at this time?
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