Children are the pride and joy of many homes, but often parents’ struggles to meet the needs of their children. Some two-parent income home has been cut into a single parent home, due to divorce, lost of jobs, redundancy at work, and one parent leaving their job to become full time parents. With financial strains comes distress and discomfort in the home when the main breadwinner is unable to meet the needs of his or her family. For some families, nuclear, extended, or single parent, the birth of a baby brings tremendous joy and happiness. However, in some circumstances new birth can have a negative impact on the family. The birth of a baby can cause emotional strain and detachment, financial difficulties and sibling rivalry.
I will use the double –strand metaphor to organise my paper. First, I will look at the pros and cons of a new baby within a two-parent family compared to a single parent home. This paper will also look at home postpartum depression affect the family after birth. This paper will explore and examine how new births changes the dynamics of the family, mother and father as well as older or younger siblings. Finally, I will give recommendation on how to prepare for new birth as well as coaching siblings to be accepting to newborn within a family. I will also be discussing the role social workers can play in assisting families who are expecting new born. The main purpose of this paper is to present a model in which the negative and positive aspects of new birth are highlighted and in my model, I will explore how childrearing is impacted by mother and father. As well as, the emotional jealous that is likely to transpire from a father and sibling when the baby is born.
In a nuclear and extended home, where there is stability new birth potential brings out positive emotions compared to a single parent home where the mother may lack the emotional and financial support. Often expecting mothers feel a sense of comfort and stability if they are able to care for their newborn without many difficulties. In a family where there is two incomes or sufficient income by the father, there is less likely financial strain compare to a single parent who may lack the support from partner or children or child other parent and her extended family. “Raising a child can be an expensive undertaking, with the first year being the most expensive. In 2004, over $10,000 was needed to raise a child to age one. How much it cost to raise a child depends on many factors, the child individual needs, the family circumstances and values, and the community in which they live. Choosing disposable diapers instead of cloth diapers can raise parents cost by more than $1,400 over a baby’s first two and a half years” (Richard, 2007). Hence, it is imperative for parents to make a plan or budget to accommodate the needs of the new baby.
Difficulties that single parent may face in contrast to a woman who is married or have the support...