Family and 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
useful skills for families
Resolving Conflicts: by focusing on collaboration and compromise
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
Passive Aggressive Behavior
What does it mean to be assertive?
We have many social cues