Presentation on theme: "Building Strong Families"— Presentation transcript:
1 Building Strong Families 3.1 Family Characteristics
2 Discussion Questions What does family mean to you? What are qualities or characteristics that make a strong family?
3 Qualities of Strong Families Work together to provide for the needs of the familyPrepare children to live in our societySpend time togetherShare responsibilitiesWork together to resolve differencesListen to each other with an open mindShow appreciation towards one another
4 Functions of the Family Meet Basic NeedsPhysical- food, clothing, shelter, health, and safetyEmotional- to love and be loved; to care and to be cared forSocial- to help others, sharing, teamworkIntellectual- language, numbers, colorsPrepare Children to Live in SocietyLearning how to live with othersAdults teach children values or what is important through:Example- treat children and others with respect.Communication- explaining why it is wrong to hit others.Religious Training- learning the principles of right and wrong.
5 Other Functions of the Family Provide SupportForm TraditionsTradition- a custom that is followed over time.Celebrations, Family Traditions, Patterned Family InteractionsShare ValuesValues- beliefs held by an individual, family, community, or society.The importance of something (like respect, honesty)Passed on through example, communication, & religious training.
6 Family Structure Nuclear Family Single-Parent Family Includes a mother and father and at least one child.Also known as the traditional familySingle-Parent FamilyIncludes either a mother or a father and at least one child.Custodial parent- the parent with whom the child resides.
7 Family Structure Blended Family Extended Family Is formed when a single parent marries another person, who may or may not have children.Step Family (parents)Extended FamilyIncludes a parent(s), at least one child, and other relatives who live with them.
8 Family Structure Joining a Family Legal Guardian- person who is designated by a legal process to assume responsibility for raising a child.Usually a relative or very close family friendAdoption- legal process in which children enter a family they were not born into.Foster Child- a child that comes from a difficult circumstance and is placed in temporary care of another person.
9 The Family Life Cycle 1. Couple Stage 2. Expanding Stage Couples grow closerWork together to establish a home and marriage relationship2. Expanding StageArrival of a child (begins parenthood)Prepares for and adjust to parenthood3. Developing StageChildren grow; parents work to meet children’s needsFocus of the family is socialization and developing independence of children.
10 The Family Life Cycle 4. Launching Stage 5. Middle Stage Children gradually leave the home to support themselvesParents help their children adapt to life on their ownChildren become independent5. Middle StageA couple renews their relationship and prepares for retirementTime and money for special interestEmpty Nest Stage- all children have left the home6. Retirement StageThe couple stops full-time work and adjust to more free timeLife may be slower paced but the couples still enjoy each others company.
11 Trends Affecting Families All families are affected by trends in the society around them.Trends may support families or put additional pressure on them.
12 Trends Affecting Families Mobility- moving from the community you were raisedAging Population- larger number of older people living.Intergenerational- occurring between older and younger age groups.Economic Changes- smaller families, two incomesWorkplace Changes- layoffs, moving, working at homeTechnology- increase efficiency at home vs. isolation
13 Family Under Stress Family Doctor / Local Hospital Counselor Social WorkerReligious LeaderFamily Service Agencies
14 Spending Time Together How does spending time together help to build strong families?
15 Family Values Value- a belief about what is important Name one value that a family may share.
16 Handle Family Conflicts When families resolve their conflicts successfully, the family becomes stronger.Tips for handling conflicts:Keep coolBe an active listenerUse positive body languageHow would you rate your family’s conflict resolution skills?Which technique could you use to improve your own?