New family members can join an existing family and lead to its expansion. However, it may be challenging and exciting to introduce a family member to the existing members. Thoughts and preparation may be important for a transition. According to Strong et al. (2011), the existing family members can be affected in adverse ways.
First, changes will need to be done on the physical existences. A room, chairs and other items will be acquired so as to accommodate the new member. The social and emotional dimension of effective change may take the duration of time to regain stability. The family system changes its function on the arrival of a new member to ensure their accommodation.
Family may strain a lot financially and emotionally as they try to accommodate the new member. Also, a new member creates a chance to develop flexibility through communicating with one another, coming together as a united effort and helping each other. Existing members are expected to change and create a relationship with the new member. This will ensure that activities and issues concerning the family are dealt with in a successful manner.
Unless a good relation is developed, the change in the family structure may not be effective. Moreover, individuals may conflict as a result of introducing a new family member. Teenagers who used to have their room and bedroom may not be pleased to share with the new member. Some even get angry and change their moods (White & Klein, 2014). A worse effect can be being withdrawn and uncooperative to family affairs.
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the new member. Disrespect between the family members due to conflicts disrupts communication and misunderstanding among the existing members. Furthermore, when a new member joins a family, the other members may feel ignored and neglected (Cummings et al., 2005). This is because more concentration is focused on the new individual than the existing one.
For instance, when a baby is born interaction with the existing kids may reduce. Parents on getting a new baby may stop socializing fully with the other children like having time to play with them. The kids may feel jealous and less important than the new member. All family members should be shown equal concern no matter the introduction of the new member. Parents should make the existing members understand and allow the change in the family structure.
Adaption on introduction of a new family member is quite challenging. Family systems can allow family adaptation in various ways. The systems allow room for a new family structure. A new bond is created, and ways of doing things discussed and implemented. Also, the possibility is explored as the transition takes place.
The system should be able to accommodate the new member’s needs and views (White & Klein, 2014). The agreement should be done on family rules, responsibilities and communication behaviors. The system should support all members of the family and hence a healthy relationship. More concern should be shown to teenagers so as to help them adapt.
Emotional security is very important during the family change. Social relationship between the members should be handled with care
The emotions triggered as a result of a new member should be suppressed and control in a wise manner. The teenager usually faces emotional effect when a new member is introduced. It is the mandate of adults to control and help them adapt to the transition. As an adult, emotional security is a common experience but not often as in children (White & Klein, 2014). However, unlike kids, adults control their emotions easily. The change in adults about emotional security is due to a better understanding of activities and events in life.
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