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Working with families as an educational leader


  • 1. Working With Families Week 6 Written Assignment Aaron Johnson Keiser University Dr. Kirschner EDU 540 Current trends and issues in education April 13, 2014

2. The Nuclear Family Dual parent homes build on discipline and modeling appropriate behavior, parents typically act as a team to strengthen and reinforce behavior. Children tend to receive get consistent messages about behavioral expectations. A two-parent household is more likely to have higher consistency with raising their children. Nuclear families tend to establish stronger bonds. Children witness their parents' supportive and loving relationships, which assists in social structures. 3. Grandparents acting as parents Grandparents face possible limitations such as: feelings of being unwelcome, income restrictions, and age or physical limitations (Aldridge & Goldman, 2007). As a school leader it is important to determine why the grandparents are caring for the child. The ability of the grandparents capabilities must be considered when dealing with the child in the areas of discipline, financial issues, academic ability, or even their general hygiene. Single family homes, nuclear families, and even foster care environments all present a different atmosphere than that of a child raised by a grandparent. The main difference is that while the grandparents may be willing to raise the child, promise to love and respect the child, they may not be physically capable in doing so like other family dynamic structures. 4. Unmarried or Cohabitating Parents U.S. census data shows that in 2012, 34.4 percent of adults aged 30 to 34 had never been married compared to 6% in 1970 (Vespa, Lewis & Kreider, 2013). Among all family groups with children under age 18, the number of married-couple households raising children declined from 40 to 20% between 1970 and 2012 (Vespa, Lewis & Kreider, 2013). This situation has a greater risk of instability than a household with married parents Children may have different last names than the father Depression or a feeling of not belonging may arise in children 5. Single Parent Household Authors Jablonska and Lindbergh state, "Research on the impact of the family structure indicate that growing up in a single- parent family is associated with higher risk for substance abuse, adjustment problems, emotional problems and delinquent behavior" (Jablonska, & Lindberg, 2007 p. 1). More than one fourth of all children in the United States live with only one parent(Single Parent Families, 2013). Emotional strain could be placed on the children in the case of a divorce or death in the family unit Financial limitations, and parental involvement may be constraints in the single family household 6. Gay and Lesbian Families Increasingly common alternative family structure. Students could feel a sense of isolation, and embarrassment due to the stigma attached to homosexual relationships Older children may feel that gay parents are a social liability Gay and lesbian families tend to hold more liberal viewpoints and politics than heterosexual families(Flynn,2014). . Research suggests that children of same-sex couples and children of heterosexual couples have comparable intelligences, ethics, and growth(Flynn,2014). 7. Bi-Racial Parents According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1/50 marriages are interracial which is four times the number compared to1970(Alouise,1998) Children may adopt multi cultural heritage Children may have multiple customs or beliefs Childrens racial identity may be more identifiable with one parent 8. Administrators Plan Of Action Communicate with parents early, and often Learn as much background data on students as possible Familiarize yourself with students that possess behavioral concerns possibly due to family instability 9. Fair, but not always equal Not all situations are the same Build relationships with families before discipline issues arise Recognize family dynamics are not always black and white scenarios Treat each scenario on a case by case basis Explain your rational to parents before making any decision 10. Dealing with Problem Parents Issue code of conducts at the beginning of each year Remain fair, and unbiased in all situations Recognize individualized beliefs, religions, and home lives of students when making decisions Be open to advice, but make a ruling that is justifiable by empirical evidence Implore parents to work with the school, not against it Maintain an open door policy for dealing with all parents concerns 11. Conclusion Remember the feelings of the children involved within the family dynamic Realize issues may be out of the students control Invite opportunities for positive praise and encouragement Remember not every child comes from a nuclear family Maintain the ability to be a role model, and a support figure 12. References Aldridge, J. & Goldman, R. (2007). Current issues and trends in education,( 2 nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc. Alouise, N. J. (1998). Interracial Marriages and the Effects on Children. Retrieved from Flynn, S. I. (2014). Alternative Family Structures. Alternative Family Structures -- Research Starters Sociology, 1-7. Single Parent Families. (2013). Retrieved from dynamics/types-of-families/pages/Single-Parent- Families.aspx Vespa, J., Lewis, J. M., & Kreider, R. M. (2013). Americas families and living arrangements: 2012. Washington, DC: US Census Bureau. Retrieved November 8, 2013, from: 570.pdf


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