The Different Stages of Parenthood
There have been different researches and studies, as well as different views about the stages of parenthood. None of them are wrong and in fact they all stem from similar ideas, hence understanding any one interpretation of this process, would be good enough for any parent. Therefore, the 6 stages or Parenthood to be discussed here are those described by Galinsky in 1981.
Image-making Stage: Pregnancy
This is the first stage in parenthood, and this come before the child is born. This is the time when parents reflect upon themselves and their lives. How they will take care of their child, what their primary socialization would constitute of, and they will overlook their general lifestyle and the changes required to make sure their child is given everything he or she requires. Moreover, questions about the supplies and space required by the child are also asked.
Nurturing stage: From birth to autonomy
This is the stage where parents start to build an emotional bond with their baby. They would take various steps so that the baby can be nurtured and taken care of. This is when their decisions about how to take care of their child are made. All of that is balanced with the other responsibilities they have, they now bring practical changes to it to maximize the nurturing of their child, while still fulfilling other responsibilities.
Authority Stage: From age 2 to 4
This is when the parents start to establish certain rules upon their child. This is when they establish themselves as an authority and enforce limits upon their child. While they enforce rules upon them, at the same time, they also allow them the freedom to grow into their own individual. The child is often also restricted to make sure they are safe, but also to make sure no damage to property is caused by them.
Interpretative Stage: From age 4 to 13
Now the child is growing and has a certain level of interaction with the outside world. Teachers and peers are the primary socialization of the child, a child is which is curious and full of questions. Therefore, the parents now take up an interpretative role to interpret the actions of various teachers, and also allow guidance to their child about actions and their consequences. This is when they decide what skills and knowledge to give to their child.
Interdependent Stage: Adolescence
Now is when their child is growing, finding his own identity as well looking towards gaining more independence. This is normally a worrying time for the parents as they need to look for different disciplinary methods, and evolve their bond with child, who is now slowly changing to an adult. At the same time, allow them freedom.
When the child is an adult, it is when they evaluate how they were as parents, and new relationships have now been formed between the child and their parents. Now they are both adults, and both are independent.