Class Highlight - Parenting: Different Models

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Parenting: Different Models

Why is it cool?

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmot

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world, and it doesn’t come with a handbook. Every family does things a little differently, some successfully and some not.

Although each family is unique, most parenting styles tend to fall into four generally-accepted broad categories—authoritative, permissive, authoritarian and uninvolved. The way a parent chooses to discipline his child can have a huge impact on the parent-child relationship. It can also impact a child’s mood and temperament into adolescence and adulthood.

Parenting: Different Models focuses on the four archetypal parenting models and how a certain style can predict a child’s performance socially, academically and behaviorally.

This class is cool because it compares and contrasts how circumstantial, cultural and individual differences impact parenting. Parenting techniques used in other countries, which are drastically different than those of Americans, will also be studied.

In addition to being able to identify the four parenting types, students will gain an understanding of how parenting theories evolved over time. They will also know how standard parenting techniques differ globally.

Ultimately, students will leave with the ability to apply various techniques of effective parenting to real-world situations, such as counseling and case management.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.