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Parenting and Families 2.1 . Child Development 1 Ms. J Thomas. Key Terms. Parenting Caring for children and helping them grow and develop Emotional Maturity Being responsible consistently, putting other’s needs before yours. . Parenting: Learning Process .

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    1. Parenting and Families 2.1 Child Development 1 Ms. J Thomas

    2. Key Terms • Parenting • Caring for children and helping them grow and develop • Emotional Maturity • Being responsible consistently, putting other’s needs before yours.

    3. Parenting: Learning Process • Need to know when to help, and when to let child complete task on their own • Need to know when to encourage to try different activities • Skills parents need change as child gets older

    4. Reasonable Expectations • “Act your Age.” • “How old are you anyway?” • 1st step in effective parenting is understanding what to expect from a child at a certain. • Still remember each child is an individual. • Some may need extra encouragement in certain areas.

    5. Developing Parenting Skills • Read reliable books, articles, and online information. • Gain experience working with or caring for children. • Ask advice form experienced parents. • Observe parents and children whenever possible.

    6. Changes Parenthood Brings • New Responsibilities • Once one becomes a parent, no longer can they think of only their needs • Child’s needs are first and foremost • Changes in Lifestyle • Caring for a child (especially a newborn) takes a lot of time and energy. • Less time to spend with friends, due to dinner, bathing, bedtime etc… • Preparation for understanding changes helps

    7. Changes Parenthood Brings Cont. • Emotional Adjustments • Fear—of not being a good parent • Frustration—loss of personal freedom and new responsibilities • Worry—monies • Jealousy—Baby receiving more attention then parent • Depression—due to exhaustion and physical changes

    8. Changes Parenthood Brings cont. • Changes in Relationships • Notice change in interaction with others. • Parents may feel overwhelmed by concerns, negative emotions, and lack of sleep. • Key is to communicate effectively with partner • Employment • Some parents stop working or cut back hours to care for child • Employers may have policies to help working parents • Maternity/Paternity Leave

    9. Making Decisions About P. Hood • Emotional Maturity • Is one truly equipped to provide care for a child? • Desire for Parenthood • Some believe having a child will help them solve some personal problems (low self-esteem, marital problems). • Health Considerations • Before pregnancy both parents should have medical c.u. • Age of women, under 17 , over 35 is riskier

    10. Making Decisions About P. Hood • Financial Concerns • Clothes, medical, food, equipment, etc… • Discuss BEFORE pregnancy • Resource Management Skills

    11. Resource Management Skills • Set Goals • What is important • Identify Resources • What do you need to attain your goal • Make a Plan • How will you use the resources • Put the Plan into Action • Work toward goal • Reevaluate from time to time • Step back and review progress, make changes if needed

    12. Review Questions • Why do parents have to change the way they parent over the years? • What are three ways to build parenting skills? • Describe the adjustment people face when they become parents • Name two steps to good resource management, and tell how these steps relate to parenting