Read: pg. 312-326
Do: Review #1 - 15, pg. 328
“The happiest moments of my life have
been the few which I have passed at home
in the bosom of my family.”
What have been the happiest memories with
Millions of Kids
Family Type Number of Children
Children living in blended 8 million
families, including either a
step-parent or step-sibling.
Children living with both 10 million
natural parents and full
brothers or sisters.
Children living in extended
families including other people 15 million
such as uncles, cousins, aunts
Children living in one-parent 33 million
tolerance for change
are helpful skills for
making family life
An interaction between two or more people.
Parents, siblings, peers, spouse,
They are constantly changing.
An individual is going through various
stages of his life cycle while the family is
going through its cycle.
Family Life Cycle
Stage 1: Beginning Family
The married couple establish their home but
do not yet have children.
Stage 2: Childbearing Family
From the birth of the first child until that child is 2 ½
Stage 3: Family with Preschoolers
When the oldest child is between the ages of 2 ½
Stage 4: Family with School Children
When the oldest child is between the ages of 6 and
Family Life Cycle Continued...
Stage 5: Family with Teenagers
When the oldest child is between the ages of
13 and 20.
Stage 6: Launching Center
From the time the oldest child leaves the
family for independent adult life till the time
the last child leaves.
Stage 7: Empty Nest
From the time the children are gone till the
marital couple retires from employment.
Stage 8: Aging Family
From retirement till the death of the surviving
Write down your definition of
the stereotypical family.
2 or 3 children
Only 10% of all households
are in this family form.
American Family Forms
1 of 24 adults remain single throughout their life.
66% of single people are women.
Persons of the opposite sex sharing living quarters.
Couples who live together before marriage, divorce
just as often as those who marry first.
Marrying Later in Life
Average age to marry: men - 25.9, women - 23.6
More young people are not marrying or are
American Family Forms Continued
Couples Having Children Later in Life
More couples are waiting to become parents
until their careers are established.
Estimated cost to raise child is $200,000
Couples With Fewer Children
The average number of children has dropped
from 3.6 in 1957 to 1.8.
Couples With No Children
Due to career commitments, fertility problems
or just because they enjoy their childless
lifestyles, many couples are remaining
“Double Income, No Kids” couples.
American Family Forms Continued Again
Approximately 60% of all divorces involve
couples with children in the home.
About 1 in 4 children live with only one parent.
The number of single-parent homes has more
than doubled in the past 20 years
Divorced women’s standard of living drops
73%, while divorced men jumps 42%.
About 50% of the children in divorced families
report having not seen their father in the last
year and only 1 of 6 see him once a week.
Almost to the End of American
Grown Children Moving In With Their Parents
Families with two children and young parents living
at home with their parents has doubled in 25 years.
Grandparents Living With Families
With greater longevity, there are more
Divorced parents, especially fathers are likely to
13% of today’s children are stepchildren
Flexibility and humor will assist in the adjustment.
The End of American Family
The fastest growing segment of the work
force is women with children under the age of
More than half of American mothers with
infants less than a year old are working
outside the home.
Day care for these children can cost up to ¼
the family budget.
Working mothers have 15 fewer hours of
leisure a week than fathers.
Your marriage is headed for divorce.
How would you settle property, child custody,
You are a single mother.
How will you cope emotionally and financially?
Elderly parents need to move in with you.
What conflicts and adjustments will arise?
You just remarried.
How will family discipline be handled? How will
household chores be divided? What name do you
expect the children to call you? Where should you
live? How should you divide physical space?
How Strong Is Your Family?
Have this completed for
next class period.
Family Forms Quiz