21 Advantages Freedom of lifestyle Free to travel and have demanding careers
22 Disadvantages May be lonely and need care in their aging years No one to carry on the family name or inheritance
23 Single FamilyAdults that live alone or with roommates
24 AdvantagesFree to have lifestyle of their choosing
25 Disadvantages of Single Living May need assistance in the aging yearsMay be lonely
26 The Family Life cycleA family goes through a series of six stages called the family life cycle.
27 Beginning StageA couple comes together to establish and home and marriage relationship.
28 Expanding StageThe couple has a child and adjusts to parenthood.
29 Developing StageAs children grow parents work to meet their needs.
30 Launching StageChildren leave home to support themselves.
31 Empty NestAll children have left the home and couple prepares for retirement.
32 RetirementThe couple stops full time employment and adjusts to having more free time.
33 Functions of a Healthy Family Things a healthy family system provides for each member
34 ProvisionalParents provide children with basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter
35 SocializationTeaching children to conform to social standards
36 RecreationalFamilies involve children in activities for fun and self-development
37 TherapeuticFamilies listen to problems and give emotional support
38 KinshipFamilies give a child a sense of belonging, expressing ethnic and religious traditions
39 Concerns Facing Families Today Each family is faced with special challenges and concerns in today’s society, these are just a few:
40 Latch Key ChildrenSchool age children left alone for a short period of time after school until parents get home from work
41 Latchkey 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