Based on your readings and resources for this week, identify one type of non-traditional family. Discuss the issues that may be encountered by raising children in this type of family structure and identify what the research says about outcomes for children growing up in this type of home. In addition to your weekly learning resources, find at least one recent news article (within the past 6 months) about the non-traditional family type you have chosen and discuss how your news article aligns or provides insight into the non-traditional family of interest. HINT: to find a news article, open Google or your preferred search engine and type in keywords like “parenting,” “families,” and your non-traditional family type. Once your search returns results, click on the “news” tab and you should see recent news stories.
An excellent response will be 2-3 paragraphs in length, well-written, and include in-text citations and a reference list. Be sure to include a reference to your news story and include the URL.
Based on your weekly readings from the course and any other credible sources that you find, answer the following questions:
1) Are modern parents doing a good job of raising their children?
This is a much trickier question than it seems at first glance. To respond, you need to ask yourself two crucial questions. First, what does it mean to be a “modern” parent – what are the challenges that modern parents face that make parenting especially hard in the 21st century? Second, you need to define what “good parenting” is. What is the metric we use to determine success as parents?
The responses to this question are likely to be quite diverse, but that’s okay. An excellent response will address the two crucial questions, leading to an answer that incorporates at least 3 of the weekly learning resources (including citations and references). In addition, find and include at least one credible news article or journal article that supports your response. This article should be no more than two years old.
2) Refer back to the Week 1 discussion where you identified 2 or 3 questions about parenting that you wanted to have answered. Copy your questions into this discussion. Were your questions answered in this course? If yes, how? If not, how would you go about finding the answers to your questions?