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Parenting Life Now

Parenting Life Now

May 2023 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
With its conversational tone and blend of theory and application, Parenting Life Now offers an informative and practical introduction to the study of parenting, rearing, and educating children. Authors Kelly J. Welch and Victor William Harris illustrate the ways in which parents, and professionals who work with parents—from teachers and healthcare providers, to therapists, sociologists and childcare providers—can implement best practices to provide effective, quality education and care. Comprehensive and up-to-date with the latest research, this text engages students through a balanced, integrated approach from the disciplines of early childhood education, human development, and family science. 

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Chapter 1: Parenting Life Now
Chapter 2: The Varied Experiences of Parenting
Chapter 3: Understanding Parenting Through Theory
Chapter 4: Becoming Parents: Choices and Challenges
Chapter 5: The Changing Nature of Parenting: Infancy and Early Childhood
Chapter 6: The Changing Nature of Parenting: Middle Childhood
Chapter 7: The Changing Nature of Parenting: Adolescence
Chapter 8: The Changing Nature of Parenting Life: Family Life and Aging
Chapter 9: Parenting in Single-Parent Families and Stepfamilies
Chapter 10: Family Life and Work: A Balancing Act
Chapter 11: Parenting in Times of Crisis
Chapter 12: Parenting Disabled Children


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Key features
  • Both authors bring a wealth of experience as Certified Family Life Educators, classroom instructors, researchers, and practitioners in the field.
  • Employing several different pillars of a family science approach, the text: (1) focuses on developing healthy relationships; (2) draws on perspectives from across the social sciences; (3) recommends evidence-based practices and policies; (4) looks for and utilizes the strengths that everyone brings to parent-child relationships; and (5) seeks to prevent parenting problems in advance.
  • Offers students in-depth views of career opportunities such as family life educator, child life specialist, child therapist, child development associate, early childhood educator, and couple and family therapist.
  • Each chapter concludes with a Parenting Life Education discussion that summarizes practice guidelines and applies chapter content to the real world.
  • A series of appendices summarize many of the evidence-based practices described in the text.
  • Includes chapters on Family Work-Life Balance, and Parenting Children with Special Needs.

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