•You learn importance of transition, commitment, and putting the needs of another ahead of your own. •Why are these important?
Parenting•Many times, couples decide that they want to start a FAMILY. This decision should be discussed during coupling. •When the decision is made to become parents, it is one that impacts •Individual development•Identity of a family•Couple’s relationship•Why do you think all these areas are impacted?
3 stages of Parenting•The Expanding Family •The Developing Family•Launching
Expanding Family•First part of parental stage when new members are added to the family•Alone time between couples drops drastically because time is focused on small children
Developing Family•Children move into school and focus shifts outside the home•Teens are getting ready to leave their family
Launching•End of parenting stage when children are leaving the family home•Sending children out on their own•Extended when adult children return home•36% of young adults live in parent’s home
Launching•Starts when first child leaves for college and continues until all children are gone.•It is difficult for some parents to establish adult relationships with their children, which is KEY for future success. WHY?•Parents need to be accepting of new people that their children may bring into the family as well as new relationships their children establish with another family.
The Middle Years•Children are gone and parents become a “couple” again•Empty nest sometimes leaves parents feeling sad-others feel freedom and excited for new time to focus on each other•Income pressures often decrease during this stage•People start caring for aging parents
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- Fall '19
- Developmental Psychology, Parent, Meaning of life, Interpersonal relationship