Parenthood Lecture - February 20, 2008 Parenthood A. Cost...

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February 20, 2008 Parenthood A. Cost of Parenthood i. Time ii. Energy iii. Emotional iv. Lifestyle v. Money vi. Couple relationship a. marital satisfaction decreases after the baby is born b. Dissatisfaction of marriage occurs more in male spouses than female  spouses.  B. Deciding to be Child-Free i. higher marital satisfaction ii. strong couple relationship iii. freedom from responsibilities -more opportunities taken up iv.        Self-fulfillment iv. more time for each other v. more money vi. career involvement vii. don’t like children viii. over-population – adoption is another option for those families who believe  that the world is overpopulated ix. doubting parenting abilities  *having children after the age of 35-40 is very difficult C. Infertility The inability to conceive after a year or inability to carry a child to live birth i. 85% of conceiving in one year ii. 15% of couples in their 20’s have infertility problems
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Parenthood Lecture - February 20, 2008 Parenthood A. Cost...

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