The eight seasons of parenthood


Fam·i·ly Man·ag·er n. 1. One who handles, controls, or directs, especially: a. One who directs a business or other enterprise. b. One who controls human resources and expenditures, as of a household. 2. One who is in charge of the affairs of children in the family. 3. One who is in charge of the training and performance of children within the family. 4. A state of being in which a parent feels expected to be in charge or in control of young family members' behavior, diet, intellectual stimulation, safety, shelter, social development, physical health, and well-being. 5. An emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual state of being responsible for the welfare of children. 6. The person others turn to for information, guidance, leadership, and decision making concerning matters of the family.

Trav·el A·gent n. 1. One who acts or has the power or authority to act on behalf of his or her children's social and academic schedule. 2. One em-powered to act for or represent another in home, school, and community who is seen as the family liaison in academic and social settings. 3. One who plans, organizes, and directs the adventures of children with or without their consent or approval. 4. A representative or official of the family in the affairs of children in school, home, and community. 5. The guide and companion on children's journeys through the middle years. 6. One who is responsible for the successful planning and execution of children's itineraries, resulting in their safe and productive travels through the middle years.

Vol·ca·no Dwell´er n. 1. One who exists in the precarious place or state of being in which adolescent volcanic eruptions (mood swings, rantings, demands, and hormonal surges) are imminent and may occur with little or no warning. 2. One who fears that adolescent volcanic eruptions will ruin the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health of parents. 3. One who lives in a state of being in constant worry, fear, and dread of the potential for teenage volcanic eruptions. 4. One responsible for the care and maintenance of the adolescent and protection of the community from the teenage volcanic eruptions.

Fam·i·ly Re·mod´el·er n. 1. One who undertakes the making over, restyling, and reconstruction of a family into a downsized group of individuals in a family. 2. One responsible for making changes in the family structure as dictated by the new adult children's decisions, life changes, and level of independence. 3. One who lives in the upheaval and chaos of reconstruction of the family structure. 4. One who needs to adjust to the loss of parenting a child and being apprehensive about the unknown outcome of the remodeling job on the new family structure: parenting an adult. 5. One who must face the expectations by others of the form and direction of the remodeled family (judgment of college selection, job choice, level of independence). 6. One who bears the physical strain of remodeling the family based on the adult child's decisions and level of independence.

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