Today's families come in all shapes and sizes: single parent families, divorced parent families, older parent families, younger parent families, extended families and so on. Family dynamics can greatly impact your child's emotional and intellectual well-being. Take this quiz and learn more about different family dynamics.
The simplest version of a family is the nuclear family, which consists of husband, wife and children.
Homesickness is common, even for short periods of time, like a sleep over. Alleviate homesickness by letting your child take comfort items with them. You can also encourage your child to call you whenever they want.
If you have children close in age, you may find that they are playmates and peers. It may almost seem like having twins.
Typically, parents have higher expectations for firstborn children. As much as parents want to treat their children equally, research shows that parents do treat their children differently depending on birth order.
Research shows that firstborn children are typically responsible, dependable, loyal and protective. In fact, on occasion, firstborn children take on a mini parent role in the family.
Second born children typically take on very different personalities compared to their firstborn counterparts. Characteristics of a second born child include: rebel, clown, entertainer, artist; and troublemaker or peacemaker.
Only children tend to experience more parent pressure. They also may lack peer social interaction and lag behind in developing social skills.
Adding a new baby to your already older existing family unit has its own benefits. You may see less sibling rivalry and having a new baby in the home can teach your older children about nurturing skills.
Partners that are involved with the birth of their children are more likely to be involved with caring for a newborn. For older children, plan activities together by having regular family meetings.
Once upon a time, extended family members lived in the same home as the nuclear family. Times have definitely changed, as now it's more common for young couples to start a family far away from their extended families.
Since today's kids have less contact with their extended family, they rely more on their parents for satisfying their emotional needs.
Extended family involvement may be difficult if you live far away. Make sure your child understands the importance of the extended family by making your child a “my family” photo album. You can also organize regular family reunions and trips home to further foster the extended family bond.
According to the American Family and Medical Leave Act, new mothers get 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave.
A business typically only provides benefits for working parents if the cost-benefit analysis tips in the business’ favor. Some large American companies offer on-site daycare services and flex-time for its employees.
Small children don't recognize the difference between chores and playtime, so kill two birds with one stone and make chores fun. In addition, take relaxing family vacations that focus on quality time with your family.
In the event of parent separation you need to be consistent with rules and routine. This is not the time to allow rules and structure to fall to the wayside.
Most children can understand the concept of loss but do not understand the abstract concept of the finality of death. Children may go through feelings of grief, denial, anger and guilt.
Some older parents may be concerned that they do not have enough energy to raise children. The larger generation gap between a teenager and an older parent may also be troublesome.
Older parents may have more wisdom, life experience and inner resources, leading to a better ability to raise children. Older parents may also be more financially stable compared to younger parents.
Unfortunately, children born to mothers in their teens tend to have serious, and sometimes lifelong, issues. These children have a higher incidence of illness, lower intelligence scores, educational problems and emotional problems.