Parenting Week One

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

In class you were given a handout with a list of questions to ask 1 parent and record the answers.
  1. What is it like to be a parent
  2. Have you found that parenthood is any different than you expected it to be? If so, how?
  3. What was it like the first year you had children?
  4. What changes did you make in your life because you had children?
  5. What are the most important skills a parent needs to have in raising a child?
  6. What are the main responsibilities of a parent?
  7. What are some of the joys you've experienced as a parent?
  8. What are some of the problems you've encountered as a parent?
  9. What is the biggest challenge in parenting?
  10. What advice would you give to a new parent?

  • Identify the interviewee (who you interviewed)
  • Type up the questions and responses
  • Reflection (1 page minimum - double spaced): What is it like to be a parent? This is YOUR opportunity to talk about your interview, class material and anything else you want to say about the responsibility of parenting.

Analysis Prompts:

* Who is the interviewee?

* Key Findings. - different / related to discussions

* Most interesting

* Interview process: good, bad, what would you do differently next time?

Day 5 & 6

  1. Definition of the Family - slideshow available
  2. Types of Family - nuclear, single parent family, blended, extended, cooperative, family without children
  3. Family Life Cycle - independent/between families, coupling/new couple, family with young children/families with babies, family with adolescent children, launching, family later in life/retirement
  4. Factors Affecting Lifestyle - slideshow
  5. Factors in Teen Pregnancy/Parenting - slideshow and videos
  6. Decision Making Model - define the problem, indentify alternatives, analyze possible consequences, make the decision, evaluate the results

Watch Film, I Am Sam and reflect with the following questions
  1. What does it mean to be a parent and what support/resources are important to be a good parent?
  2. Can anyone be a good parent?
  3. Define family.
  4. What does your family look like?
  5. What are the qualities that make people good parents?
  6. Was Sam a good parent?
  7. Was Rita a good parent?
  8. What were their challenges?
  9. Do you think there are any perfect parents out there?
  10. Do you think the social workers should have taken Lucy away from Sam? Why or why not?
  11. Why does Sam fight for custody of his daughter? What does he think he can provide for her better than others?
  12. What does Rita learn from Sam? What does Sam learn from Rita? Who learns more from the other?
  13. What could Rita have done to better her relationship with her son?
  14. Sam says he has “the best friends in the whole world.” What contributions did Sam's friends make to his life? What do your friends bring to your life?
  15. What can we do to assist people with disabilities? How should we treat people with disabilities?
  16. Why did Rita take Sam's case as a pro bono opportunity?
  17. While in court, did the lawyers demonstrate ethical behavior? Why or why not? Did they hurt anyone? Were these actions necessary? Did they do their job?
  18. Rita tells Sam “I've never lost anything in my life.” What makes people like Rita work as much as they do? What drove Rita to her need for success and perfectionism? What would she have to do to gain more balance in her life?
  19. What role did Annie play in the lives of Sam and Lucy? Why did she choose not to leave her apartment? What made her come out to help Sam and Lucy in court?
  20. What were the challenges that faced Lucy's foster parents? What was it that changed Randy's mind about what she was going to say in court about what was best for Lucy?
  21. Sam tells Lucy's foster mother Randy “You're the red in her painting.” What does he mean by that and how does it make Randy feel?
  22. Rita kept speaking with Sam about developing a support system. Who became Sam's support system in his raising of Lucy?
  23. There were several references in the movie to what Lucy was drawing in class and how it reflected her true feelings. What do you use as an outlet for your personal feelings (i.e. journaling, painting, music, etc.)
  24. What do you think made Lucy constantly protect and defend her father to others? Do you think she saw the challenges they would face together? Did she care?
  25. Rita tells Sam “it doesn't matter what I think. It matters if we win.” Why does it matter to Sam what Rita thinks about his ability to take care of Lucy?
  26. Rita confides in Sam the overwhelming feeling that “I'll never be enough”. What does she mean when she says that? Have you ever felt that way? If so, what helps you overcome that feeling?
  27. Rita tells Sam “I worry that I've gotten more out of this relationship than you.” Do you think she is right? Why or why not?