3 - Prenatal Development

3 Prenatal - Chapter 3 Prenatal Development Parenthood Why have children o In the past many people had children because it was biologically or

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Chapter 3: Prenatal Development Parenthood Why have children? o In the past, many people had children because it was biologically or culturally expected. o Today, many people are postponing having children until they are older or finish their education, and an increasing number of people are choosing not to have children at all. Advantages of Parenthood Advantages cited by American couples: o Giving and receiving warmth and affection o Experiencing the fun that children bring o Experiencing growth/learning opportunities o Desire to have others carry on after one’s own death o Gaining a sense of accomplishment and creativity from helping children grow Disadvantages of Parenthood Disadvantages cited by American couples: o Loss of freedom and independence o Financial strain: average $275,000 per child (through age 18 – not including college) o Family and work conflict responsibilities o Risks of raising child in an unsafe, unstable world o Reduced time to spend with spouse How many children? In 1960, the average number of children in a family was 3.1
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HDFL 124 taught by Professor Koivunen during the Spring '08 term at Wisc Stout.

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3 Prenatal - Chapter 3 Prenatal Development Parenthood Why have children o In the past many people had children because it was biologically or

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