21Advantages Freedom of lifestyle Free to travel and have demanding careers
22Disadvantages May be lonely and need care in their aging years No one to carry on the family name or inheritance
23Single FamilyAdults that live alone or with roommates
24AdvantagesFree to have lifestyle of their choosing
25Disadvantages of Single Living May need assistance in the aging yearsMay be lonely
26The Family Life cycleA family goes through a series of six stages called the family life cycle.
27Beginning StageA couple comes together to establish and home and marriage relationship.
28Expanding StageThe couple has a child and adjusts to parenthood.
29Developing StageAs children grow parents work to meet their needs.
30Launching StageChildren leave home to support themselves.
31Empty NestAll children have left the home and couple prepares for retirement.
32RetirementThe couple stops full time employment and adjusts to having more free time.
33Functions of a Healthy Family Things a healthy family system provides for each member
34ProvisionalParents provide children with basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter
35SocializationTeaching children to conform to social standards
36RecreationalFamilies involve children in activities for fun and self-development
37TherapeuticFamilies listen to problems and give emotional support
38KinshipFamilies give a child a sense of belonging, expressing ethnic and religious traditions
39Concerns Facing Families Today Each family is faced with special challenges and concerns in today’s society, these are just a few:
40Latch Key ChildrenSchool age children left alone for a short period of time after school until parents get home from work
41Latchkey Children Should know how to answer the door and phone safely Should be able to prepare a simple snack, not using the stoveShould have a relative or neighbor close by if emergency would occur, or child feels unsafe