The Family Life Cycle is destined to be successful, as individuals need to adapt to family changes to ensure family survival. There are known to be eight stages in this theory in which, challenges one in their family’s life to build and gain new skills. However, some of the stages in the cycle are difficult to process. One of stages (stage one to be specific) in the cycle is, beginning family. This stage is stating a married couple with no children. Therefore, the developmental task is establishing a stable home, strengthening the marriage, and preparing for childbirth. Having this stage be part of the cycle smoothens the upcoming child to adult development. It showing that the parent’s are responsible and are making sure they are ready for children.
Families all have strengths and weaknesses. Throughout the childbearing family, which is the third stage of the family cycle, families are coping with their first child in this stage until the child is around two years old. The developmental task in this stage is families contemplating to increase their family size, while providing a healthy and stable atmosphere in their home. Having parent’s envisioning about having another child shows that the child will have a smooth adult development. This is due to fact that they are making sure they are in no rush, and are ensuring themselves they are in a positive environment to raise another child.
Parent’s watching their children grow up tends to become overwhelming. From just being a baby to graduating high school, that is a lot of impact to take in as a parent. They go through empty nest
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