【24 JUNE 】06: About the new intervention

As I may need to recreate my intervention in a digital way, I took the advice from Richie which was let me search on ‘menti.com’. This website I experienced once in our class. It is definitely a good way to gain new knowledge, but I couldn’t use the ‘wallet’ concept anymore. ( it’s a pity to me)

Finally, I crate a new intervention via menti.com.

My plan for the new intervention are  below:

Stage one ( from 1 JULY to 12 JULY )

Create a Menti workshop to gather basic knowledge in my question area.

1. Please use three words to describe stay-at-home parents in your own mind.( In Chinese )

2. In the following options below, what would be your possible reasons for being a stay-at-home parent?

3.If there is a workshop for parents, what content you expect to be included in this workshop? ( Please give the most points to the most important content that you expect )

Hopefully I can get at least 300 results.

Stage two ( from 20 JULY to 27 JULY )

Create a PPT or WeChat moment link or a video as a presentation which includes 5 stay-at-home parents’ talk. They need to share their feeling about their lives. They can share everything they want to share.

Stage three ( from 28 JULY to 6 AUGUST  )

Invite the people who engaged with stage one to watch the stage two presentation, then leave their new perspectives via menti.com. ( in 3 words )

Hopefully I  can still get 300 results.

【22 JUNE】05: How can interactive space enable Chinese parents to develop a community of practice and sharing in a supportive network? 

 

After last tutorial on 20 June, my tutor helped me change my question to “How can interactive space enable Chinese parents to develop a community of practice and sharing in a supportive network”. 

I feel my English still limited my description of the question I want to research. First when I heard this from Richie, I feel it is a more specific question than my previous one. I can understand it in  understand every phrase in this question.

  • Interactive space

It should be a real space in the society for parents to know each other face to face.

  • Supportive network

It should be a positive relationship network between certain groups.

How to ensure the network we build up is a positive relationship network or not is a problem. Will this network bring some negative problems? I should also consider this point.

FEEDBACKS FOR THE SESSION ON MONDAY, 11 JUNE

THIS WAS THE MOST USEFUL AND EASY UNDERSTANDING SESSION I’VE EVER HAD.  

IT HELPED ME TO FULLY UNDERSTAND WHERE I CAN IMPROVE OF MY WWHI PROPOSAL. ALSO, I UNDERSTAND MORE  ABOUT WHAT SHOULD  MY INTERVENTION BE.

THE MOST ENGAGING ASPECT IN THIS SESSION WERE THE STUDY CASES. I THINK EVERY CLASSMATES EXPERIENCED THE PERIOD OF TIME OF FEELING CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT IS AN INTERVENTION. WE HEARD SO MANY EXPLANATIONS BUT I THINK THEY ARE ALL LESS USLFUL THAN THE CASES WE LEARNED ON MONDAY.

FOR ME, THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT IN THIS SESSION WAS THE QUESTION CHANGING. I CAN NOT CATCH EVERY POINTS OF THIS PART. BUT AFTER CLASS, I ASKED OTHER FELLOW STUDENTS, THEY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND IT.

ALL IN ALL, THIS WAS A REALLY USEFUL SESSION BEFORE THE HAND IN…

04: THREE FEEDBACKS VIA WECHAT

I tested 3 people in China via Wechat. I did screenshots but the language is Chinese. So I will summarize in English what they talked about one by one after the pictures. (I maybe not a good translator but I will try my best)
1. Mrs. Lu, a 3 months stay-at-home mom in Jinan, China.
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What she said is :
First, as you talked about the project with me last time, I think it’s meaningful. Because I just became a stay-at-home mom, so for some kind of feelings, I cannot explain very well. But by seeing the pictures you show to me, I do see a better life. And I do have a dream or an idea to persu this kind of life. I think this event is good, I like the type of it. Even this time, I did it by my own, you didn’t operate it in a group way, so I didn’t share something with others but I did think more myself by doing this bag. It gives me a new perspective of being a stay-at-home mom. And… I can’t say more.
2. Mrs. Luwi, a mom of two children. For the first child, she is a work mom. For the second one, she is a stay-at-home mom. Now she lives in Shanghai, China.
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What she said is :
I did work mom and now I’m a stay-at-home mom. This is the third year since I chose to be stay-at-home. I have deep feeling, in the early stage of becoming a housewife, I feel worried. I can’t tell how worry it is… Even I’m already the second child’s mom, and i’m an old age mom,  I still feel unsafe. I worked for 20 years, I cannot really settled down for the stay at-home life. I didn’t know what I would face. I know maybe I don’t need to go back to work in the future, but I feel if I loose contact with the society is really horrible. So if there is such a community for us, i’m willing to join. Maybe i’m the oldest one in the community , but I think it would be useful if I can share something with a lady who has similar situation with me. And she might be my new friend and she may make me feel the connection with the world. I’m not sure If I can join all the activities there, but if it’s a afternoon tea’s type, I think I do have time.
3. Mr. Zhang, a stay-at-home dad in Beijing, China.
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What he said is:
I think this project is a big project and not easy to operate. But I can feel the need in China. You see, I’ve been a stay-at-home dad for 3 years, but I do have friends. Before I did I this decision, i didn’t feel so anxious about my new life. His mom make money and I take care of our family, I feel good and didn’t think it lose balance. I know i’m unique, because more people may think it’s hard to control the balance between a word mom and stay-at-home dad, especially in China. I think it depends on person. I think the one who feel bad to be a stay-at-home dad need to meet me, or me kind of person! hahaha. You know, sometimes it may be easier to have a group. Then people will feel they are not alone. Then the balance will come back in their family. I have to say, this is a really great thing! So… although I think it maybe hard to start, but I feel it’s useful. If there is a space for me to share and learn from others, I’m willing to join. I feel it’s also a way to achieve my personal values, to help more stay-at-home people or guide more people join this group to be a stay-at-home person.
Above are the evidences of 3 stakeholders.

03: PLAN OF THREE LIKELY INTERVENTIONS

PLAN OF THREE LIKELY INTERVENTIONS

Actually, I think my intervention should be done with six groups of people.

  1. A stay-at-home father
  2. A stay-at-home mother
  3. A pre-father
  4. A pre-mother
  5. A work father
  6. A work mother

I need to do this intervention to Chinese people, so the best time is in the summer, then I can go back to China and schedule the time with them. But if I have to do the three intervention during the coming weeks, I may plan the online intervention.

For the stay-at-home group, I plan to do it with two of my aunt’s friends. I knew them many years ago. One of them, he was a stay-at-home 3 years ago, now he is almost prepare to go back work. And the other one is still a stay-at-home mom. She became a stay-at-home mom just a few months ago. If I do it online, I can finish it by 9 June.

For the pre-parents group, I will do it with two of my classmates. They both got married last year, and now they are going to have a baby. I can finish it by 13 June.

For the work group, I plan to contact someone on the internet who are a work mother and father. I can finish it by 16 June.

02: THE LINKS OF TWO REFERENCES 

THE LINKS OF TWO REFERENCES 

The two references I chose are:

吴, 宝. (2017). 中国婚姻关系中的亲密状况报告. [online] Available at: https://www.pishu.com.cnskwx_psinitDatabaseDetailsiteId=14&contentId=8491413&contentType=literature [Accessed 17 May 2018].

* Translation of the title: Report of Chinese Marriage Relationship

Rushing, C. and Powell, L. (2014). Family Dynamics of the Stay-at-Home Father and Working Mother Relationship. American Journal of Men’s Health, 9(5), pp.410-420.

In the first reference, by using a series of survey and examples, professor Wu and Bao show the statistics of Chinese couple relationship situation in recent China.

In the second reference, Cassie and Lisa explain the family dynamics of the stay-at-home father and working mother relationship by these following aspects: changing roles and multiple roles, views towards nontraditional parenting roles, effects of nontraditional parenting roles, method, results, discussion, implications, limitations and future directions. These are based on a phenomenological qualitative study which engaged with 20 working mothers.

These two both indicated the relationship between couples. Psychology of spouse relationship is an important part in my project. The difference about them is the Chinese one focus what kind of elements could influence Chinese couples’ close level. The English one focus on the different impacts (negative and positive) of a nontraditional couple roles. About how the references link to my project, first, they both link with one of my important subject matter. Secondly, they make me think more about my project content.

By reading these two references (the one is a Chinese report includes several surveys, the other one is an essay), I feel a bit confused about my project, again. At the very beginning, I use the word ‘housewife’, tutor told me there are also stay-at-home dads exist in the world. Then I changed my key subject to stay-at-home parents which includes both moms and dads. I also decided my question: how can create a space or community in China for Chinese stay-at-home parents to learn and share with each other face to face? On Monday, peers in my group asked me ‘what is stay at home parents’ and ‘what kind of people do I specifically focus on in the group of who should attend the workshop’. I was tongue-tied. Actually, I do have the thought to try to use a way to influence more young couples to become a stay-at-home parent. In the previous stage I feel it is too complicated. So I just stopped my thoughts on this idea. These two references combine with two peers feedback bring me back again to think about this.

What I really want to do is to create a space and community not only for stay-at-home parents to share and learn from each other, but also try to influence and encourage more people join as a stay-at-home parent. So this group of people should include: 1. People who already are stay-at-home parents/ 2. People who would like to be a stay-at-home parent but haven’t decided if they will be or not/ 3. People who are about to have a baby in one or two years. But if I identify my topic in this way, that means as a founder for this space, I am a guide to lead couples decide to be a stay-at-home parent. And my purpose for doing this is to provide better education. But how about my previous purpose which is to help spouse relationship? Now, I don’t know what my exactly purpose is. Do I want to focus on children or couples? Do I want to improve education or family/ couple’s relationship? Can I focus on both? Or can they combine as a better topic?

01: How can I create a face to face space or community for Chinese stay-at-home parents, nearly marriage people and work parents learn and influence from each other?

Introduction

How to create a space to help Chinese stay at home parents share and learn from each other? Based on the question above, I intend to start my project to help Chinese stay at home dads or moms to create a community not only for them to share / learn from each other, but also be their guide during the stay at home period.

Evidence

Since the introduction of the two-child policy in 2016, stay at home parents is kind of popular impermanent job in China. More people realized parents say a word or do an action can influence a kid. Hence, in China, an increasing number of well-educated people have quit their jobs and are staying home to take care of their babies.

However, the information about stay at home parents Chinese people received now bring them too much bad feeling which make them dare not to make the decision. According to a survey done by China News recently, 72% of housewives in China feel they lose their glamour after they became a housewife, 82% of them are worrying about they may lose access with the outside world. For example, they do not have any chances to meet new people. 79.8% of the stay at home dad or mom in China want to go back to work when their kids grow up, and 72.4% of them are worrying about their work ability and if they can find a job after being so many years’ family worker.

Besides, in China, there are lots of apps people can meet new friends and find who are stay at home parents, but none of them are only focus on the stay at home parents group. Also, they are all online sharing apps.

Strategy

1. Market research.
– Make a survey for more than 5000 people in Shanghai, China(online questionnaires).
– Interview 100 families in Shanghai, China(focus group).
– Data analysis(together with experts)
2. Start a one-hour-session workshop as an intervention.
Use a documents bag as a metaphor to represent their ideal stay at home life. They can add any activity / element they want into this documents bag. Gain what they really need from this intervention, and do analysis afterwards.
3. Find partners:
– Investors;
– Education experts (especially children educators);
– Psychologist(especially family relationship experts);
– Business experts;
– Fashion/ Beauty/ Cooking lecturers;
– Other experts.

4. Start this space (in a business way).

Future Implications

The stakeholders of this project are: stay at home people in China, their kids, their husbands/ wives, and the world. If this project would achieve in the future, the stakeholders will get benefits from different aspects, such as:

–  Stay at home person can get a guide on their lives.

–  Kids can accept better family education.

–  Husbands or wives will more likely to enjoy their peaceful relationships.

–  The world and the society will become better. It will be improved by young generations’ better education.

From my own perspective, this project not only can use a creative way to broaden my mind, but also help me to understand some social issues deeper. For instance, family relations and children’s family education. These are not only benefit me on academic aspect, but also will be a good guide in real life.