Becoming a Family

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Becoming a Family—Having Children
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Overview Deciding to become parents Pregnancy Adoption New parenthood
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Foregoing Parenthood Child-free : married couples who do not expect/intend to have children. Childless : couples who are involuntarily childless Differentiate the terms “child free” and “childless”.
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Why be Child-free? Freedom from child-care responsibility and greater opportunity for self-fulfillment More satisfactory marital relationship Wife’s career consideration Monetary advantages Concern regarding population growth Dislike of children Early socialization experiences and doubt about parenting Concern about physical aspects of childbirth. Recognize reasons why people may choose to be child-free.
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Combating stigma Passing Identity substitution Condemning the condemners Asserting their “right” to self-fulfillment Claiming a biological “deficiency” Redefining the situation Recognize 6 ways child-free couples combat stigma.
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Most begin families in their 20s, but age is expected to continue increasing Search for best match or right time Increasing effectiveness of birth control Increasing general health and fertility options for older folks COST! Raising a child along with college expenses: from $761,871 to 2.78 million. BUT waiting too long can carry risks
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