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Obstacles for typical families

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"In today's United States, there is no typical family; rather, there is a vast diversity of family structures in which children develop and learn" (Wardle, 2013, p. 274). Our classroom, families, and children are reflective of this statement. Early care and education programs have a crucial role in supporting all families and "by supporting the family, we support the child" (Wardle, 2013, p. 283).

Reflecting on these quotes from the textbook, choose two common obstacles that families face from the list below and explain how you will work with families to overcome this obstacle.

Common obstacles:
1. Poverty
2. Children with developmental delays
3. Problems with substance abuse by family member
4. Grandparents raising children and generational issues
5. Lack of extended family support
6. Communication difficulties
7. Cultural conflicts between the family and program
8. New immigrant status
For each of the obstacles you have chosen, complete the following prompt with critical thought and elaboration. Each obstacle should have a minimum of two ways that you will support families who are facing the challenge.

Prompt:
As an early childhood educator, in an effort to support families who ________________, I will _____________.

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To address students that live in poverty, I would provide parents with all social service contacts available, ensure that any programs that exist at the school regarding school supplies and other necessities be extended to the family, and also treat these parents with the same respect and dignity that I do others as well as the child. As someone who was impoverished as a child but didn't know because I had a wonderful mother, it's imperative to give a hand-up and not a hand-out as parents and families in poverty are hardworking citizens ...

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The solution discusses two common obstacles that families face.

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