Describe your action plan for dealing with your Lot in Life
PAPER 3 (4-6 pages)
In 4-6 pages, describe your action plan for dealing with your Lot in Life. As part of your solution you should explain how your research on the topic has guided your plan of action. Contact at least two local community agencies (not just Web sites) that can help provide information, training, or support for the problem. Include specifics on how to contact the agency, what services they have available, and how much these services cost. If you include WWW sources for your background research on this topic, review the guidelines about evaluating Web sources given earlier.
Describe any obstacles or challenges that may prevent your plan of action from being successful.
Conclude your paper with a reflection of why you chose this particular Lot in Life to study and how your research of the topic has influenced your views of parenting.
lease follow the APA style guide for in-text citation and references:
When citing research findings, please paraphrase rather than use direct quote. For how to paraphrase, please see: https://www.umuc.edu/current-students/learning-resources/writing-center/online-guide-to-writing/tutorial/chapter5/ch5-10.html
Your paper should have a cover sheet that lists your name, the BEHS 343 section number, and the scenario you have chosen. Your paper should be double-spaced and use a standard font (e.g. Times New Roman, 12 pt). Be sure to include a reference list at the end of your Part 3 assignment.
The other two papers (Setting the Scene and Research) should be pasted in at the end of your solution paper.
The action plan for dealing with my lot in life is going ahead with sharing a bed with the child. Based on the extensive research conducted, it is clear that the final decision on sleeping arrangements should be made by parents by weighing the risks and the benefits based on the ability to minimize the potential risks. Despite recommendations against bed-sharing with infants, major risks associated with bed-sharing can be modified. The findings of the extensive research indicate bed-sharing increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, with certain factors such as smoking, drug abuse, intake of alcohol increases the risk (Young & Shipstone, 2018). Based on the findings, the risk of SIDS at an individual level is low since none of the factors highlighted apply in my personal situation. With research indicating that bed-sharing combined with bed-sharing reduces the risk of SIDS, bed-sharing is a viable situation.
The action plan is also influenced by the knowledge on how to create a safe sleep environment for infants through the implementation of the recommendations by the AAP. Some of the recommendations that will be strictly adhered to include ensuring that the child sleeps on a firm surface, keeping soft objects and loose beddings away from the child, avoiding overheating and head covering to prevent the child from entrapment, suffocation and strangulation, and SIDS (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2020). Another adjustment will include restraining from co-sleeping on a couch as the risk of injuries and death increases. All safety measures will be put in place to facilitate bed-sharing.
Hampton Roads Parenting Education Network (HRPEN) is one of the local agencies identified that offer parenting advice. HRPEN is a network of agencies that have come together to offer information, education, support, and referrals to parents, caregivers, and professionals. The mission statement is to offer comprehensive parenting education that meets the needs of families. Levels of parenting advice given by the network include primary education, secondary tertiary, and clinical. Primary services at primary levels include resources, information, classes, support, and workshops. Secondary education deals with parents experiencing various life stressors that may impact family functioning. Tertiary education focuses on comprehensive programs requiring assessment of competencies, while tertiary education is offered by licensed professionals. One can contact them by visiting their website, which is www.CHDK.org/prentingResources, through the email at email@example.com or contact them through (757) 668-7000 (Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter, 2020).
Another agency identified is the Department of Family Services, which offers free parenting education classes, videos, virtual parent cafes, and videos. The services seek to enable families to develop healthy relationships. Parents are taught positive and effective ways of interacting with children at every stage of development. The department helps families understand what to expect from children at various developmental stages, build respectful strong, positive family relationships, address anger, and take charge of their feelings. One can register for classes at BuildingStrongerFamilies@fairfaxcounty.gov or contact the department at 703-324-7720 (Department of Family Services, 2020).