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Social Sciences
Geraldine Voros

Social Sciences 2O03: Canadian Children Sept 26 2012 Lecture 3: Conway’s New Family Forms con’t & Femalestream on Modern Times & Kid’s Talk Conway con’t - New Family Forms o Blended fams  Aka re-constituted fam, melded fam, re-marriage fam  Under immense amount of pressure to succeed with this second fam  Step-fathers provoke the most amount of issues in the blended fam o Particularly with step-daughters  Increased risk of incest  Sibling rivalry o Competition for attn. and love  If kids are age 10+, they set out to cause issues – sabotage  Takes 4-7 years for members of a blended fam to feel like a real fam  40% fail within the first four years o Childless couples (by choice)  Increasing  If people are having kids, they have less  Not having enough kids to replace the pop o Baby boomers getting older  Top heavy pyramid  Inverted  Healthy pop is bottom heavy  Try to compensate with immigration for top heavy pyramid  Worked a little o Non family persons  People living alone  Traditionally  An empty nester widow or a widower  Single or divorced with no kids  Now  Young single adults living alone o Lots of change!  How do we socialize these kids now?  How can we get kids to identify with their type of family in society?  How to describe Canadian fams today?  Mix and match? - Family Futures o Family today primarily a psych institution  Not what it used to be – a full time job  Kids are in school 8 hours a day now  Can send kids to daycares, church, clubs etc.  Other institutions in soc that deal with the spare time  Kids don’t serve an economic function  Don’t need them to help working on the farm o Family’s main purpose today is to deliver emotional functions  8 emotional functions  Love  Renewal o Forgiving and forgetting  Meaning o What to do with life  Identity o Background, heritage  Confirmation o You are doing the right thing  Support  Recognition o Not treating you as a non-person  Sense of belonging o Increase in divorce  Conway says easier to quit and start over with someone new than to work thru issues  2/3 initiated by ladies  5 reasons why o Violence or alcohol abuse by partner o 4 mores or greaters:  Want more from a rela  Want a greater degree of emotional intimacy  Want a more equal partnership  Housework etc.  Want greater control over their lives  Independence o Structural transformation challenging old social structural (mental) maps  No institution that relies on the exploitation and oppression of a particular group (females here) can hope to survive when that group begins to resist  Women are increasingly willing to exercise their new options in Canadian soc o Divorce o Education o Paid and unpaid work o Husbands as mr. mom  If we have a situation where there has been a change, we have to facilitate the change o Need to adjust identities, roles, attitudes, beh o Ripple effects on our lives and relas o Have to change or kids will suffer Kid’s Talk DVD************* INCOMPLETE - Canadian – coast to coast o Mostly paraphrases, blue is what we take away from the video so as not to confuse with paraphrase - Topics o If you had a wish what would it be  A lot about rela, not about materialisms  “Getting parents back together” o Big one! o Thirsting for unity  “Getting violence stop”  Talk about what Conway talks about – 5 emotional tasks o What does health mean to you  “Environment”  “Smoking & alcoholism in parents an issue”  Hear an awareness o “You can hurt your kid” o “People go crazy”  Kids are Teachable! But are we teaching them?  Hear an undercurrent of poverty  “Not enough money to buy healthy foods” o What are bad habits  o What are your feelings  Abuse  Racism  Sexism  Alcoholism  Abandonment  Social awkwardness  Someone dies, she’s crying, people laughing at her  Boys don’t cry  Taught to suppress emos  World isn’t all that comfortable for kids  Not as gracious as we should be  Who isn’t teaching grace? o It’s how we treat eachother that they learn grace o We aren’t teaching them o What about boyfriends and girlfriends (Sex)  “Only the girls get pregnant, boys walk away”  “She loses her virginity”  And boys don’t?  Where is the respect, who is teaching them? o Not being taught at home  Learning it on the street, not that good o Should we have sex ed at school?  Omg freak outttttt  “He could get aids”  Kids talking openly  Know they
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