~ Dialogue ~ Topic 12 ~ Raising Children ~ Discuss Questions and Answers ~
1) How many siblings did you have growing up? How did they affect your upbringing?
I had three sisters. I was the only son. That means I was the fourth child in a family of six.
I suppose I was overly cared for (sisters) but I had a strong dad to balance the situation.
2) Would you change anything regarding your upbringing? What rules would you change?
I would change the way my parents managed our free time. On Sundays, after church,
we would drive around in our car for an hour or so… not much conversation. It was tedious.
3) Do you have children? Tell. Do you want children? Tell. Do couples need children? Explain.
Yes. I have one child. He is ten. I don’t know how my life would be without him. I think about it.
On the other hand, I think modern couples can be happy without children. It’s their choice.
4) Do you think we should raise boys and girls differently? Explain.
Absolutely not. I have two girls and I let them do as they please. They play soccer better
than half the boys of their age. They will not become housewives, I guarantee you that.
5) What are the best ways to punish/reward a child? Is physical punishment OK?
Physical punishment is not necessary. Rewarding good behavior is the best way.
“Spare the rod, spoil the child” is an expression now far out of favor. Respect all around.
6) What are some of the most difficult problems faced by parents in your country?
Education. But less so now. It used to be that much of the family income would go to
one academy (music, art) or another (English, math). Now things have changed.
7) How did you cope with sibling rivalry as a child? If you have children, is it an issue?
Because I was a twin, I had issues all the time. We were very close and others wondered
about our relationship. We competed with each other, but not seriously. We got along.
8) How do you reward your children for the good things that they do?
I reward my children when they succeed with praise then push them to become stronger.
I don’t think feeding them donuts or buying them expensive toys is a good idea.
9) Do you want your children to "follow in your footsteps"? Why or why not?
Yes. I believe we raise our children in our own image. They should become like us.
The heritage of family and country is more important than individual freedom.
10) If you have adult children, what do you do together? Do you enjoy the time together?
We go out all the time. My son has three children and they are delightful. I have two
daughters… one in uni and the other crisscrossing Asia. We enjoy each other’s company.
~ Original Questions ~ Raising Children ~ Choose the questions you like ~
1) Did your parents raise you well? What would you change in your upbringing?
2) How many siblings do you have? How did they affect your upbringing?
3) Did your socio-economic situation affect your upbringing? How? How do you feel now?
4) What do you/would you allow/not allow your children to do? At what age(s)?
5) What do you wish your parents had done that they didn't do regarding your upbringing?
1) What do you wish your parents had not done that they did regarding your upbringing?
2) Do you have children? Tell. Do you want children? Tell. Do couples need children? Explain.
3) Do you think we should raise boys and girls differently? Explain.
4) What do you think of the expression: "Spare the rod, spoil the child"?
5) What are the best ways to punish a child? Is physical punishment OK?
1) Is it possible to punish and refocus children by talking to them sternly?
2) Is it possible to punish and refocus children by talking to them kindly?
3) What are some of the most difficult problems faced by parents in your country?
4) How did you cope with sibling rivalry as a child? If you have children, is it an issue?
5) How do you reward your children for the good things that they do?
1) Are all couples who can have children qualified enough to be parents?
2) Which parent should give up a job to stay at home with children? Or not? Explain.
3) What kinds of things (would you do) do you do with your children? Why?
4) How do you/would you promote your children's education? How much do you/would you spend?
5) Would you send your children overseas for an education? At what age? Why?
1) Would you consider homeschooling your children? Why or why not?
2) Do you want your children to "follow in your footsteps"? Why or why not?
3) If you have adult children, what do you do together? Do you enjoy the time together?
4) If you have adult children, how often do you meet? Do you have honest conversations?
5) What would you change about your present family situation? What wouldn't you change?
~ Food for Thought ~ Topic 12 ~ Raising Children ~ Explore the Topic ~
Helping Kids Deal with Bullies
How to Discipline Children
Nutrition for Children
Lesson Procedures/How to make a lesson
1) To begin, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, select the questions you’d like to talk about.
2) Then, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations. Take notes. Take equal turns.
3) Share your ideas (each individual) in a classroom discussion (as prepared in 1, 2, and 3).
There are three sections for each topic:
1) Dialogue: There are ten selected questions presented with sample answers.
The sample answers are given to assist the learners in creating
their own answers. They tend to use a casual speaking style.
2) Original Questions: There are five groups of five questions with no answers.
They are introduced to give more choices to learners.
3) Food for Thought: Definitions, ideas, and links are offered for discussion and deliberation.
Explore the possibilities. Use the web. Make your own questions. Take equal turns.
~ Topic 12 ~ Raising Children ~ Questions for Conversation ~
“Honor your mistakes, they will lead to learning...
Through this learning, more mistakes will be made…
Through this process, mistakes are no longer mistakes…
They become the act of learning.”
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