Students will examine issues affecting parents through discussion, projects, guest speakers, and media. Topics include parenting readiness, parenting styles, behavioral expectations, sibling rearing, modeling, social, economic, and technological impacts on parenting, and technological impacts on parenting, and theoretical models of parenting. Other topics examined are: child care, health and safety, single parenting, support systems (family and community) benchmarks for the developing child, conflicting value systems, discipline, children with developmental challenges, and unique issues confronting parents in the 21st century.