Known for its interactive format, this research-driven book tackles the intricacies of parent-child relationships in a contemporary society. Using family systems theory, the book examines the evolution of the family, the stages of family system development, and the challenges faced by all types of families. Readers will encounter a broad range of issues such as multiracial families, adoption, gay and lesbian parents, and family therapy. Topics include: Dimensions of Parenthood; Ethnic Diversity of Contemporary American Families; Parenting Strategies; Theoretical Perspectives; The Transition to Parenthood; Childbirth and the Newborn; Parenting Infants and Toddlers; Parenting Young Children; Parenting School-Age Children; Parenting Adolescents and Young Adults; Parenting in Single-Parent Family Systems; Parenting in Stepfamily Systems; Parenting in High-Risk Families; and Special Challenges in Parenting.
I. AN INTRODUCTION TO PARENTING.
1. Dimensions of Parenthood.
2. Ethnic Diversity of Contemporary American Families.
3. Parenting Strategies.
4. Theoretical Perspectives.
II. DEVELOPMENTAL INTERACTION IN THE CHILD-REARING YEARS.
5. The Transition to Parenthood.
6. Childbirth and the Newborn.
7. Parenting Infants and Toddlers.
8. Parenting Young Children.
9. Parenting School-Age Children.
10. Parenting Adolescents and Young Adults.
III. CHALLENGING ISSUES OF CONTEMPORARY PARENTING.
11. Parenting in Single-Parent Family Systems.
12. Parenting in Stepfamily Systems.
13. Parenting in High-Risk Families.
14. Special Challenges in Parenting.