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June 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM

You learned in your readings that parenting practices and techniques used to shape child development are influenced by many factors including culture, socioeconomic status, non-normative life events, and cohort effects. To understand cohort effects, consider that the experiences of a child growing up in the 1940s are different in many ways from a child growing up today.

Read the article: Kotchick, B.A. & Forehand, R. (2002). Putting parenting in perspective: A discussion of the contextual factors that shape parenting practices. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 11(3), 255-269.

Synthesize what you learned in your readings as well as the above article to address the following:

  • Using the chart/table below, list at least 4 parenting practices of 3 generations. You can describe parenting practices of 3 generations of your family members, another family you interview, or general practices of generations based on research you find. For example, how did each generation address issues such as education, extracurricular activities, breastfeeding, sleeping arrangements, religious involvement, etc.?  Include brief demographic information (e.g., sex, age, region of the country) Note: 3 different generations means 3 different time periods, not 3 different people.
  • Now review the chart/table and discuss the following:
    • How were the parenting practices similar and different between generations?
    • Explain the concept of cohort effects. What cohort effects (e.g. historical or social events) might have influenced the parenting practices of each generation you described?
    • Identify and explain contextual factors (other than cohort effects) described by Kotchick and Forehand (2002) that might have influenced the parenting practices of each generation you described.
    • Why is it important to understand contextual factors, including cohort effects, when researching differences in parenting practices?

Generation 1: Years children were raised (19XX-XXXX)

Generation 2: Years

Generation 3: Years

Parenting Practice 1: Education

Parenting Practice 2:

Parenting Practice 3:

Parenting Practice 4:

Present the chart or table and your comments in a 3-page paper in Word format. Be sure to include introductory and concluding paragraphs in your paper, and an APA style reference page. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document name should be SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.

By Sunday, June 16, 2013, deliver your assignment to the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox.

Assignment 3 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Presented relevant and important data on at least 4 parenting practices of three generations in a chart for easy comparison.
Commented on the noteworthy differences and similarities.
Explained cohort effects. Analyzed data to draw conclusions, relating them to the concept of cohort effects. Described historical events or social issues during each generation that might have influenced parenting decisions.
Explained other contextual factors that might have influenced parenting decisions for each generation, as well as why contextual factors are important to understand.
Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

For assistance with any problems you may have when completing this assignment—OR—to offer your assistance to classmates, please use the Problems and Solutions Discussion area located through the left side navigation link.

Thank you all for the help! :)


  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    June 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    so if you use education, you could state that generation A is your grandparents.  what were their beliefs on their children's education?  was graduating high school expected?  in your parents' generation, did those parenting practices change to reflect the times?  was an associates degree the new "lowest acceptable"?  did your parents not put as much emphasis on education as their parents?  what is your generation's belief?

  • CalicoMeezer
    June 16, 2013 at 9:45 PM
    Np. I speak academia. Lol

    Quoting fstysxofthebtt:

    It does! Thank you so much! I've been trying to work on this for a week and I just couldn't understand what they meant by it. I feel slightly stupid lol.

    Quoting CalicoMeezer:

    They want you to compare parenting practices such spanking/not spanking, church involvement, education choices (public/private/homeschool) in your way.

    They want you to take these examples from your way; what do you do vs. your parents vs. your grandparents, etc.

    Short example: my grandparents didn't use time-out, my parents didn't use time-out as a consequence/punishment, but dh and I do.

    They want any write-ups in APA style (

    Hope that helps.

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1
    June 16, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    yes, it means you spank.  the rod is the paddle or hand.  if you spare the rod, meaning you use it sparingly or not at all, you spoil the child who doesn't know what discipline is.

    Quoting fstysxofthebtt:

    So, what does that mean? I mean I always thought that meant no spanking or anything, does it actually mean you spank?

    Quoting Anonymous:

    what parents do to raise their children.  spanking, grounding, positive rewards, guidelines about mealtime and eating healthy foods, educational standards, religious indoctrination, requiring extracurricular activities, etc.

    for example, the parenting style of generations past was more geared toward the "spare the rod, spoil the child" school of thought, and their practices reflect that with more discipline, and more strictness.


    Quoting fstysxofthebtt:

    What are parenting practices? 




  • illinoismommy83
    June 16, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    You go to South University, don't you?

  • fstysxofthebtt
    June 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    No, never heard of it.

    Quoting illinoismommy83:

    You go to South University, don't you?

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