What Does It Take to Be a Good Parent?

Are the teenagers in your class ready to become parents? Have them complete a few life-planning activities, including a parental interview, a role-play exercise, and the classic flour sack baby exercise, before allowing them to assess their parental readiness.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a home economics class or teen issues course
  • Pose the lesson's question as a free-writing journal prompt before beginning the unit in class
Classroom Considerations
  • Dollar amounts of expenses have not been adjusted for inflation; have class members research current and more accurate costs for doctor's appointments, babysitting, and childcare supplies
  • Does not address the options available for learners regarding safe sex or choices to face upon an accidental pregnancy; contraception is addressed in another lesson in the series
  • List of possible films is outdated, and could be easily replaced by a quality YouTube video
  • Flour sack baby activity requires enough flour sacks for each pair of classmates
Pros
  • Allows learners to take a reflective look on their own lives when it comes to parenting
  • Brings in real-world scenarios for class members to discuss
Cons
  • None