Responsibilities of Parenthood

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					Responsibilities of Parenthood

           Jacqueline Hinkle
   Tennessee Technological University
      Family and Parenting
Course Standard: 4.0 Evaluate parenthood
readiness, parenting decision, and impact
of parenting roles and responsibilities on
the well-being of individuals, families and
4.2 Appraise ones own readiness to be a
mature parent focusing on the physical and
emotional factors related to parenting
Parents provide for many years:
   constant care, love,
   security, shelter, guidance,
   and financial support
Constantly meet new challenges with
each stage of childhood.
Caregiving Responsibilities
24 hour job
– Provide love, attention, food, clothing and shelter
– Can’t set responsibilities aside for a while

Children pattern themselves after examples of their
parents so it is important to be a good role model
– Children constantly observe values, character traits, and
  Financial Responsibilities
Increases as the child ages
Food and clothing
Regular medical care during pregnancy
Car seat and crib
Food, diapers, and clothes
Medical exams and immunizations
Child care
School, sports, and other activities
  Challenges in adjustment
Mother’s physical recovery
Mother may also experience depression and anxiety.
Father worries about finances or feels left out when
the baby gets all the mother’s attention.
Martial satisfaction decrease.
 – Argue more
 – Show less affection
Couples who can deal with these challenges
experience personal growth and a stronger marriage.
How does teen parenthood effect
 Can be born premature and with a low birth weight.
 Can be born with blindness, deafness, respiratory problems, or mental
 Many die before their 1st birthday.
 Prenatal care is CRUCIAL in teen mothers.
 Babies born to teen parents are likely to have a less supportive and
 stimulating home environment.
 Higher rate of behavioral problems.
 More likely to become neglected or abused because parents don’t
 know how to deal with the stress.
 More likely to become teen parents themselves.
          Effects on Parents
Interferes with the teen’s mental, emotional, and social
Teens are still discovering themselves and what they want to do
with their lives.
Have less time for other pursuits and interests.
Loss of freedom and do not have time or money to hang out with
Often single
Marriages are more likely to fail.
Are not able to complete their education
Can finish school but must have a strong support system to help
        PLAN AHEAD!!
Parents who are emotionally, financially,
and personally ready can enjoy time
with their child much more!
It provides a happy stable environment
for both the parents and the child!
  What are your motives?
Parenting is a lifelong, life-changing
Needs to be backed up by sound
Honestly analyze your emotional,
financial, and personal readiness.
 Myths about parenthood…
It will strengthen a weak relationship.
It will fix problems or weaknesses in my life.
I should because other people want me to
have a child.
A child will care for me when I am old.
A child will love me and will help me not to
feel lonely.
 How do you know you are
Our marriage is strong, and we’re both
ready to become parents.
I am willing to sacrifice and put
someone else’s needs above my own.
I am secure in who I am and will work
hard to be a good parent.
We know it is a big responsibility and
we accept it.
     Emotional Readiness
Means having emotional maturity and the
ability to understand one’s feelings and to act
on them appropriately.
Ready to put their child’s needs above their
Possess patience, sensitivity, self-control,
and self-confidence.
Expectations are realistic
Believe they can handle the demands and
responsibility of parenting.
     Financial Readiness
How they will manage immediate and
long-term cost?
Examine current income and expenses.
Will a larger living space be needed?
Increased cost of housing.
Decide about childcare
Can family manage on one income if
one parent stays home with the child?
      Personal Readiness
Management skills- able to use money, time,
and energy wisely.
Flexibility- must be flexible due to an ever
changing schedule.
Willing to sacrifice- time, money, and
personal interests
Consistency- establishing routines, rules, and
limits help children feel secure and
understand their boundaries.
How much does a baby Cost??
Price the following items needed to care
for a baby
Crib, changing table, car seat
Stroller, diaper bag, high chair
Diapers, formula, baby wipes,
Lotion, bottles, clothes,
Child Care