Stages Of Family Development

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Stages Of Family Development

  1. 1. Stages of Family Development
  2. 2. Time as a Couple <ul><li>Get to know each other </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to think and act </li></ul><ul><li>as a team </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to rely on each </li></ul><ul><li>other </li></ul><ul><li>Make decisions together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing & Furnishings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education & Careers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Parental Years <ul><li>When children enter the picture </li></ul><ul><li>Lasts until children are financially on their own </li></ul><ul><li>Three parts of Parental years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanding years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launching years </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Expanding <ul><li>New members are added to the family </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on home and family life </li></ul><ul><li>Parents feel tied down at times </li></ul><ul><li># of activities parents share together drops drastically </li></ul>
  5. 5. Developing <ul><li>Children enter school </li></ul><ul><li>More activities focus outside the home </li></ul><ul><li>Time is limited </li></ul><ul><li>Share and manage duties well </li></ul>
  6. 6. Launching <ul><li>End of Parental Stage </li></ul><ul><li>Exit of children from the home </li></ul><ul><li>Send children out on their own </li></ul><ul><li>May be lengthened if children return home </li></ul><ul><li>50% of young adults live with parents until age of 20-24 </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Middle Years <ul><li>Children have left the home </li></ul><ul><li>Family down sizes to a couple </li></ul><ul><li>Positive & Negative feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Empty Nest- home w children, grown and gone leaves parents with lost and w/out purpose feelings. </li></ul><ul><li>New found freedoms are felt by other families </li></ul>
  8. 8. Middle Years <ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy hobbies </li></ul><ul><li>Question their relationship w each other </li></ul><ul><li>Income pressures decrease </li></ul><ul><li>May care for their parents </li></ul>
  9. 9. Retirement Years <ul><li>Final stage of family development </li></ul><ul><li>Time for travel, hobbies, relaxation </li></ul><ul><li>Positive feelings are shared when financially stable. </li></ul><ul><li>Some fear what they will do w themselves </li></ul>

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