One assignment is to make a graph or time line that gives a woman perspective on her childraising years–what a generally short time of her life she spends with very small children (OK, this does vary depending on how many children one has, which in Ukraine is usally only one or two). This chart assumes an average life expectancy of seventy-five years. The blue section is her first 25 years until the baby is born, then the small slices are her child growing until 20 years old, then the pink is her life after her child is an adult.
The purpose of this chart is to put into perspective the amount of time, her whole life considered, a woman will have to invest in a child. Having small children myself, I found this an interesting exercise.