Section 1: Planning a family
Types of Family
- Nuclear Family: mum & dad living with their children
- Extended Family: have more relatives living nearby/around in everyday life
- Single sex families: two male/female parents
- One-parent families: have one parent and child(ren)
- Reconstituted families: have step-parents and step-children
- A clean home with warmth and shelter
- The right clothes for the weather
- Food, drink, toys, books and health care
- A stable family environment
- Love and encouragement
- Praise and discipline
Families need to teach:
- Good behaviour
- Social skills and communication skills
- Pre-reading skills and intellectual skills
Traditionally Dad went to work, Mum stayed at home - parents now tend to share work and caring responsibilities, roles are now split. Some Dad's stay at home whilst Mum works (role reversal).
1. More divorces in last 50 years, divorces are easier.
2. 50 years ago there was shame in having a baby without being married.
3. Not as much contraception available 50 years ago.
4. Fewer people are getting married now (weddings are more expensive)
5. More women are choosing a career before having children.
Deciding when to have a baby
Responsibilities of being a parent:
1. Need to meet all the child's needs
2. Know whether you can cope (lack of sleep, stress)
3. Long term responsibility, maturity.
Lifestyle and how you want to live:
1. Money, having children and caring for them is expensive
2. Whether you can stay at home, go to work, child care.