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English Conversation – Parenting

Monday, July 4, 2016 @ 03:07 PM
posted by Jo

ParentingParenting is the process of supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. There are many different parenting styles from permissive to authoritarian. Social class, culture, and nationality can play a big role in determining what methods of child rearing are used by the parents.



Video on Parenting Tips

  • Which do you think is the best piece of parenting advice?
  • Why do you think it is good advice?

Parenting Phrases

  • To raise a child – to care for and look after a child
  • Stay at home Mum - A mother whose job is to stay in the house to take care of the children.
  • To be brought up - To be raised and taken care of by a certain person.
  • To take after - To resemble or have similar characteristics of one of your parents.
  • To be a role model for – To display good and respectable behaviour so that your children will try to do the same.
  • To spoil a child - To give a child everything he wants, which results in the child being ungrateful and demanding.
  • To throw a temper tantrum - An outburst of anger and yelling that kids do to get their way.

Conversation Questions


  • What skills are involved in being a parent?
  • What do you think is the most important thing to remember about parenting?
  • Do you think parenting has changed throughout the ages?
  • Do you think parenting is the same all over the world?
  • Are parenting skills different for women and men?
  • What are some things that your parents did that you would never do?
  • What do you think are some of the most difficult problems faced by parents?
  • Should a good mother give up her job to stay at home with her children?
  • Do you think it is ok for a father to stay at home with the children instead?
  • What do you think of people who say they don't want to be a parent?
  • What do you think is the best parenting style e.g. authoritarian, permissive, democratic etc.?

For Parents

  • Do you think that you are a good parent? Why?
  • What are the best things about being a parent?
  • What are the most difficult things about being a parent?
  • What is the hardest challenge you have faced so far as a parent?
  • What skills have you learnt since becoming a parent?
  • Do you think parenting is easy or difficult?
  • Is it how you imagined it would be?

For Those Without Children

  • Would you like to be a parent in the future? Why / Why not?
  • Do you think you would be a good parent?
  • What do you think would be the hardest aspect of being a parent?
  • Is there anything you fear about becoming a parent?
  • What are you looking forward to the most?


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