Ch6 - Ch. 6: Life Cycle III (Workers with Young Children)...

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Ch. 6: Life Cycle III (Workers with Young Children) Families with young children experience numerous demands on their time and energy since young children need constant care and to be closely supervised In single-parent homes, or homes in which both parents work, parenting responsibilities may often conflict with work responsibilites. Men are beginning to increase their participation in child care and housework, yet wives are still responsible for the majority of routine household and child care tasks, even when they work. There is more equality, with more stay-at-home dads and more women working full-time. Both male and female parents reported that they experienced a great deal of stress in balancing work and family responsibilities. 24.7% of parents worry about their children while they are at work either always or most of the time. 41% of parents had at least once brought their children to work during work hours because of lack of other childcare arrangements. 22% of those without the ability to work from home regularly would trade job advancement for that option. Difficult time finding trustworthy and quality childcare. Cost is the third concern. Informal care = neighbors, babysitters; Formal care = licensed childcare providers. Even once a parent has made arrangements for childcare, unexpected or emergency situations may place stress on these arrangements or cause them to break down. Licensed providers are governed by state regulations regarding operating procedures and health precautions. Children with acute illnesses or communicable diseases usually cannot be sent to childcare centers and must be picked up quickly by parents if they develop symptoms while at the center. The day care center is not open in the evening so parents must pay for a babysitter at nights. Also, sometimes the day care center is closed for cleaning and maintenance, or major holidays. 15% of mothers reported losing some time from work during the last month because of a failure in their regular child care arrangements. One out of ever four parents with preschool children had difficulty with their current child care arrangements and that suck difficulty was one of the most significant predictors of absenteeism. This caused parents to get behind at work. Two-earner couples in which both parents work full time has shown that when offered the option of flextime, these couples report an increased ability to reconcile work and family demands. Unsupportive supervisor-supervisee relationships were reported to be the most negative work-life factor affecting family life.
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Supportive supervisors provide an understanding environment as well as specific actions to help solve problems such as access to a telephone in the afternoon so that parents can be in touch with their children after school. They see family as a legitimate issue, know the company’s policies related to family issues, apply those policies without favoritism, and are supportive in the face of everyday and emergency work-family problems. For
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This note was uploaded on 12/19/2009 for the course HDFS 367 taught by Professor Henceroth during the Fall '09 term at Ohio State.

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Ch6 - Ch. 6: Life Cycle III (Workers with Young Children)...

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