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Stages of Family Life. By Student Sociologists: Bryan and Kim. Stages of Family Life. There are four stages of family life: Courtship Settling In: Ideal and Real Marriages Child Rearing The Family in Later Life. Courtship. Arranged marriage

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stages of family life

Stages of Family Life

By Student Sociologists:

Bryan and Kim

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Stages of Family Life
  • There are four stages of family life:
    • Courtship
    • Settling In: Ideal and Real Marriages
    • Child Rearing
    • The Family in Later Life
  • Arranged marriage
    • Throughout the world, people consider courtship to be too important to leave to the younger generations.
    • They represent alliances between families with similar social standings.
    • Some are married as young as 15.
    • They put little thought into whether two individuals will be personally compatible, they only care about culturally compatible.
courtship cont
Courtship (cont)
  • Romantic Love
    • Affection and sexual passion for another person is the basis of marriage.
    • Romantic love is a less stable foundation for marriage than social and economic consideration.
    • The divorce rate is higher than those with arranged marriages.
    • However, most people fall in love with others of the same race/age/social class.
courtship cont again
Courtship ( cont again )
  • Homogamy- Marriage between people of the same social characteristics.
settling in ideal and real marriage
Settling in : Ideal and Real Marriage
  • Ideal Marriage
    • “Happily Ever After” picture.
    • We fall in love with other not necessarily as they are, but as we want them to be.
    • An endless sexual honeymoon with all-consuming passion.
settling in ideal and real marriages cont
Settling in : Ideal and Real Marriages (cont.)
  • Real Marriage
    • Only after marriage do people face day to day routines and responsibilties.
    • Marital sex does decline over time.
    • Couples with the most fulfilling sexual relationships experience the most satisfaction in their marriages.
    • Good sex and good relationships go together.
marriages ideal and real marriages vocab
Marriages : Ideal and Real Marriages VOCAB.
  • Infidelity- Sexual activity outside of marriage.
  • That’s it.
child rearing
Child Rearing
  • Despite the demands children make on us, adults identify raising children as one of the greatest joys.
  • Most people only want three children, instead of 8, the national average 2 centuries ago.
  • Big families were needed in the pre-industrial societies to supply labor
  • It now costs $200,000 to raise a child. ( note the small families now. )
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Child Rearing
  • About 2/3 of parents would like to devote more time to child rearing, but that means a lower standard of living.
  • Children of working parents spend time a school but then come home and fend for themselves.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993 was passed to allow women to have 90 days of unpaid leave from work for a new child.
the family in later life
The Family in Later Life
  • At age 50 raising children is usually completed.
  • “Empty Nest” occurs.
  • Couples experience an increase in understanding and compassion for one another.
  • Some adults may begin to take care of their elderly parents.
  • The final transition in married life comes with the death of spouse.
  • Wives typically outlive their husbands. ( who have beards by the way )
  • Men have a harder time because they keep less friends and have poor housekeeping skills.