Personal Development Trajectory Term Paper by Nicky

A look at how this learner's life plans will affect her personal relationships, communication style and career effectiveness.
# 149936 | 946 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2012 in Women Studies (Marriage) , Psychology (General)

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The paper describes this learner's significant milestones that will occur within the next ten years of her life. The paper looks at her plans to start a family with her husband and considers how her personal relationships and career will be affected by the transition to motherhood. The paper also addresses her career shift from teaching to counseling and how her communication skills will be impacted by these changes in her life.

The Big Picture
Personal Relationships
Career Effectiveness

From the Paper:

"The transition to parenthood is a critical moment in terms of gender gap/differences between husband and wife. For one, the mother is traditionally the primary carer of the child and hence spends more time caring for the baby than the father does. Second, studies show that during transition to first order births, women significantly increase the amount of time they spend on routine household labor whereas mens' housework time during the same period is extraordinarily stable. Hence, as a woman, the learner can expect to have decreased time for personal activities she previously enjoyed before. This could mean less time with friends, colleagues, etc., temporarily affecting her relationship with these individuals.
"On the other hand, the transition to motherhood can potentially strengthen the learner's relationship with family members (e.g. a parent or sister), in-laws or close friends, if they are called in occasionally to ease the burden of child care. When this happens on a regular basis, the learner will have to adjust to the increased presence of other people at her house and be prepared to allow people in, house tidy or not.
"From a long-term perspective, the learner and her husband might consider moving to a more spacious apartment or house to make room for their growing family. Eventually, this will mean adjustments to a new locale and community."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baxter, J., Hewitt, B., & Haynes, M. (2008). Life Course Transitions and Housework: Marriage, Parenthood, and Time on Housework. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70(2), 259-272. Retrieved August 8, 2009, from Academic Research Library. (Document ID: 1480181971).
  • Bell, L., Goulet, C., St-Cy Tribble, D., Paul, D., and et al. (2007). Mothers' and Fathers' Views of the Interdependence of Their Relationships With Their Infant: A Systems Perspective on Early Family Relationships. Journal of Family Nursing, 13(2), 179-200. Retrieved August 8, 2009, from Academic Research Library. (Document ID: 1263069831).
  • Hynes, K. & Clarkberg, M. (2005). Women's Employment Patterns During Early Parenthood: A Group-Based Trajectory Analysis. Journal of Marriage and Family, 67(1), 222-239. Retrieved August 8, 2009, from Academic Research Library. (Document ID: 793028991).
  • Kim, S. (2000). Gradual return to work: The antecedents and consequences of switching to part-time work after first childbirth. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, United States -- Pennsylvania. Retrieved August 8, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global.(Publication No. AAT 9965505).
  • Vander Zanden, J.W., Crandell, T.L., and Crandell, C.H. (2007). Human Development (8th ed). New York: McGrawHill.

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