Challenges couples face in managing family routines after the transition to parenthood
CITATION: De Goede, C. & Greeff, A. Challenges couples face in managing family routines after the transition to parenthood. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 52(3):313-331, doi:10.15270/52-3-512.
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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.