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Real World Parenting

Child Development: Day Care Worker Career Pathway Course Units

Unit 1: The World Of Parenting

To many people, raising a family is among the most profound, rewarding, and important endeavors in life. But what exactly does being a parent involve? What can a person expect to gain from parenting? How do we define success as a parent? In this unit, we will learn what the word “parent” really means. We’ll also learn the reasons people decide to become parents and the qualities of good parents. We will examine what is required to be considered a successful parent. Finally, we will discuss when a person is or is not ready to become a parent.

Unit 2: Self-Esteem & Child Development

We hear a lot about self-esteem. Nearly everyone seems to agree that self-esteem is an important component of a happy and productive life. Most parents want their children to have a high level of self-esteem. But what exactly is self-esteem? What factors cause a person to have high self-esteem or low self-esteem? As a parent, what role do you have in determining your child’s level of self-esteem? In this unit, we will learn what self-esteem is. We will learn how children develop their self-esteem as they grow and develop, and we will learn how parents contribute to this process.

Unit 3: Environments for Children

Perhaps the most important responsibility of parenting is providing a nurturing environment for your child to grow up in. But what exactly is a nurturing environment? What can parents do to make sure that children are properly nurtured? What types of care are needed at different age levels? How can parents protect children from threats they might encounter outside of the home?

Unit 4: Positive Parenting

Two of the primary roles of parents are to teach their children how to take care of themselves and to teach their children to live as productive members of society. Positive parenting is one approach to parenting that can help parents teach their children in a positive and empowering manner. Through the use of expectations, positive communication, and appropriate consequences, parents can encourage appropriate behavior while effectively handling inappropriate behavior.

Unit 6: The Diversity of Today’s Family Unit

Who is in your family? Around the world, families come in many different forms. In different time periods and cultures, the needs of the family influence family composition and the surrounding society influence as well. Each family form has advantages and disadvantages to which parents and other family members must respond. Culture also influences families in a variety of ways, shaping the values and practices by which they live. Unfortunately, individuals from one culture may find themselves facing stereotypes and cultural bias when they move to an area with a different dominant culture.