CHALLENGES COUPLES FACE IN MANAGING FAMILY ROUTINES AFTER THE TRANSITION TO PARENTHOOD CHRISTINE DE GOEDE, ABRAHAM GREEFF

Christine de Goede, Abraham Greeff

Abstract


Family routines improve family stability. However, it is unclear what impedes the formation of stable routines after life transitions. In this paper we discuss normative challenges that 10, mostly low-income, couples face in managing routines after becoming parents. Qualitative analysis revealed three themes: temporal incongruence, schedule derailment, and factors that increase task and temporal complexity. The seven sub-themes of the latter theme were transport limitations, workplace schedules, extended family involvement, child-related difficulties, health complications, incongruence between family member needs, and a composite of these factors. Results underscore the need to address context-specific family challenges related to time restrictions and scheduling.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15270/52-3-512

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