SOC 344 PARENTING _ C HILDREN lecture 1 F 08

SOC 344 PARENTING _ C HILDREN lecture 1 F 08 - Soc 344...

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Every 19 minutes an infant dies. Every 9 seconds a high school student drops out. Every 20 seconds a child is arrested. Every 44 seconds a child is born into poverty. Every 1 minute a child is born to a teen mother. Every 2 minutes a child is born at low birth weight (less than 5 lbs., 8 oz.). Every 4 minutes a child is born to a mother who received late or no prenatal care.
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Every 4 minutes a child is arrested for drug abuse. Every 8 minutes a child is arrested for a violent crime. Every 3 hours a child or youth under 20 is killed by a firearm. Every 3 hours a child or youth under 20 is a homicide victim. Every 5 hours a child or youth under 20 commits suicide. Every day a young person under 25 dies of AIDS.
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PARENTING “Parenting can be an enormously satisfying, rewarding, enriching, and growth-promoting activity. It also can be frustrating, stress producing, isolating and lonely. For many (and perhaps most) parents, parenting varies, being enormously satisfying and seemingly easy at times as well as confounding, difficult, and burdensome at other times.” ( Arendell, 1997 : 22)
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Questions? What do we mean by “good” parenting? How much of the definition is personal, based on the couples relationship and how much is shaped by external cultural norms and expectations? How could we as individuals and as couple prepare to become good parents? Where is the training available? How much are we willing to invest on it? What are the resources available from our society? What are the resources available from our government, our social institutions, and civil society to insure that parents have equal access to the resources necessary to meet societal and personal demands on parenting? Do different groups have equal access to these economic and social resources? Do race/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability groups confront different issues and have unequal access to resources? Are certain groups favored and some discriminated in their efforts to be successful parents?
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Parenting Diversity Parents from different historical periods and of diverse racial/ethnic groups differ in their understanding of parenting roles and their participation in childrearing. Contrary to stereotypes, minority fathers play a very significant role in the education of their children. Diversity parents encounter particular parenting functions due to having differing cultural practices and values and, moreover, because they face additional challenges and obstacles not encountered by mainstream parents.
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HISTORY OF PARENTING & CHILDHOOD
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American Childhood Steven Mintz The history of children is often treated as a marginal subject. Children are rarely obvious historical actors.
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