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Why Study Parenting?. Why are Parenting Classes Important?. CHAPTER 1 NOTES (After Going Over “History of Parenting Issues” PPT). Is Parenting Instinctive?. Does it come naturally to us?. What do you do if your infant cries constantly?

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why study parenting

Why Study Parenting?

Why are Parenting Classes Important?


(After Going Over “History of Parenting Issues” PPT)

is parenting instinctive
Is Parenting Instinctive?

Does it come naturally to us?

  • What do you do if your infant cries constantly?
      • What do you do if your child is afraid to go to bed at night?
  • What is the most effective way to discipline a child?
      • How do you raise a child to his /her full intellectual capacity?
  • What are nutritious foods for children?
      • A teen who's defiant; siblings who constantly bicker; a child having trouble in school, or parents and kids who occupy the same house but don't communicate or have fun together anymore—HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THESE ISSUES?
  • What is the difference between “spanking” and “child abuse”?
      • Does Technology/Differences in Generations effect the ways/demands of Parenting?
parenting classes
Parenting Classes…
  • Allow us to learn how to provide the care & guidance that can lead to a child’s healthful development.
parenting classes1
Parenting Classes…

1) Increase our Knowledge & Resources

2) Help us Cope in a Changing World

3) Makes us aware of: more options for kids=more decisions/skills needed by parents.

4) Help Build a Strong Society

  • To encourage growth & development
  • What each person is capable of becoming
  • Ideas about what is important
types of parents
Types of Parents
  • 1) Biological: Also known as genetic parents, birthparents or natural parents, the man and woman who conceive a child.
  • 2) Step Parent: the spouse of a child’s parent by a subsequent marriage (may or may not choose to adopt the child)
  • 3) Foster Parent: Provides a temporary home for children whose birth parents are unable to care for them.
  • 4) Adoptive Parent: a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child
family group project for month 1
  • List (10) Positive Aspects of being a Parent & (10) Negative Aspects of being a Parent
    • This List will be added to your family Budget Project for Month 1
    • Also, work INDEPENDENTLY on the Chapter 1 Study Guides on page 10 in your Packets!
critical thinking
Critical Thinking
  • Does experience change the actual structure of the brain?
  • Yes. Brain development is "activity-dependent," meaning that the electrical activity in every circuit—sensory, motor, emotional, cognitive--shapes the way that circuit gets put together. Like computer circuits, neural circuits process information through the flow of electricity. Unlike computer circuits, however, the circuits in our brains are not fixed structures. Every experience--whether it is seeing one's first rainbow, riding a bicycle, reading a book, sharing a joke--excites certain neural circuits and leaves others inactive. Those that are consistently turned on over time will be strengthened, while those that are rarely excited may be dropped away. Or, as neuroscientists sometimes say, "Cells that fire together, wire together." The elimination of unused neural circuits, also referred to as "pruning," may sound harsh, but it is generally a good thing. It streamlines children's neural processing, making the remaining circuits work more quickly and efficiently. Without synaptic pruning, children wouldn't be able to walk, talk, or even see properly.
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Critical Thinking
  • What role do parents/caregivers play in a baby's brain development?
  • Parents are another important part of the developmental equation. Infants prefer human stimuli--your face, voice, touch, and even smell--over everything else. They innately orient to people's faces and would rather listen to a speech or singing than any other kind of sound.
  • Just as newborn babies are born with a set of very useful instincts for surviving and orienting to their new environment, parents are equally programmed to love and respond to our babies' cues. Most adults (and children) find infants irresistible, and instinctively want to nurture and protect them. It is certainly no accident that the affection most parents feel towards their babies and the kind of attention we most want to shower them with—touching, holding, comforting, rocking, singing and talking to—provide precisely the best kind of stimulation for their growing brains. Because brain development is so heavily dependent on early experience, most babies will receive the right kind of nurturing from their earliest days, through our loving urges and parenting instincts.
  • In spite of all the recent hype about "making your baby smarter," scientists have not discovered any special tricks for enhancing the natural wiring phase in children's brain development. Normal, loving, responsive caregiving seems to provide babies with the ideal environment for encouraging their own exploration, which is always the best route to learning.
  • The one form of stimulation that has been proven to make a difference is language: infants and children who are conversed with, read to, and otherwise engaged in lots of verbal interaction show somewhat more advanced linguistic skills than children who are not as verbally engaged by their caregivers. Because language is fundamental to most of the rest of cognitive development, this simple action—talking and listening to your child—is one of the best ways to make the most of his or her critical brain-building years.