The Definition of Good Parenting Term Paper

The Definition of Good Parenting
A look at the argument that the ultimate goal of good parenting is to raise competent well rounded individuals who will become successful adults.
# 147093 | 2,411 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 21, 2011 in Psychology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper discusses how the perception of good parenting changes according to different factors including history, gender, sexual orientation and culture and how there gendered social expectations on motherhood and fatherhood. The paper also provides examples of the dos and don'ts of good parenting through movies such as "Home Alone" and "Martha and Ethel" as well as literature on the subject.

From the Paper:

"Good parenting is encouraged and discouraged by social institutions and expectations. Agents of socialization like school, community, work, and media are influential to the child. However, when the child gets older, some of these agents pose as a negative conformity to the parent's wishes. Schools encourage good parenting by allowing parents to participate in school activities, field trips, parent-teacher conferences, and open house. Schools expect parents to show their involvement with their child's work. Parents who don't show up to parent-teacher conferences are looked at in a negative light. Teachers may assume that those parents don't have time for their child or that they're just bad parents."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barry, John Byrne. "Daddytrack." Utne Reader, May-June 1993.
  • David M. Newman and Liz Grauerholz. Sociology of Families. Pine Forge Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Etzioni, Amitai. "Children of the Universe." Utne Reader, May-June 1993.
  • Hooks, Bell. All About Love. Perennial: New York, New York. 2000.
  • Johnston, Jyll. "Martha and Ethel" Documentary, 1995.

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