how does family health connect to social health?
This topic is complex because there are so many possibilities for family dynamics and what well being can look like. Our book covers some of the changes that we have seen in recent years, on pg. 113 it goes over the rising presence of women in the workforce. More than half of women with pre-school children work outside their home, sometimes as single moms, over 86% of single parents are women.
nuclear family- a couple and their children
Adoption- the legal process through which a couple will take another persons child into their family
Single parent family- only one parent lives with children
Extended family- group of close relatives living together or near each other, grandparents, teachers, uncles, aunts, or cousins
Blended family- when parents remarry and children from both parents live together
Foster family- when people take care of a child when their biological family is not able to take care of them
RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THE FAMILY
All members of the family are meant to share responsibilities, chores and responsibilities can be adjusted according to age.
Youth can help with cleaning and cooking regardless of gender.
WHAT A HEALTHY FAMILY DYNAMIC LOOKS LIKE
Caring and Commitment
Respect and Appreciation
unhealthy communication that can be, but is not necessarily abuse, it all depends on the situation
telling the person how you feel about what they say to you should lead to them not being mean anymore,
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USEFUL SKILLS FOR FAMILIES
Expressing Emotions: being a safe space for elf expression is critical
Making decisions: as an egalitarian family unit where all members have an equal share in the decision making process
Managing Time: creating goals with timelines that are broken down into smaller steps so the members of the family can keep track of the progress
When the family needs help: family therapy, support groups, community involvement, individual counseling aside from family therapy
- Describe the problem:
- what do you feel the problem is?
- how does the problem make you feel?
- what do you think about the situation?
- what do you want out of the situation?
- See the other persons point of view:
- reflect of how you think the other person sees the problem
- Involve the other person:
- Ask them for their point of view
- Find ways to find a resolution that is good for both of you
as for new friends and strangers... here are some ideas on reading people
Consider empathy vs sympathy in ourselves and in others
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and then body language
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Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.