Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on April 12, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Parenting is a topic that is relevant to people of all ages and backgrounds, making it an excellent conversation topic for English learners. The topic of parenting provides a range of opportunities to use and learn new words related to child-rearing, discipline and family dynamics. Additionally, discussing parenting can help learners understand cultural differences related to parenting styles and traditions.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

What is Parenting?

Parenting is the process of bringing up a child and providing for their physical, emotional, and social needs. It involves nurturing, guiding and supporting children through their early years and beyond.

Parenting includes many different aspects, such as feeding, clothing and bathing young children, as well as educating and teaching them life skills as they get older. Parents also play a critical role in helping their children develop their personalities, values and beliefs. A good parent often strives to provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment for their child to grow and thrive in.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • discipline (noun)
  • look after (phrasal verb)
  • positively (adverb)
  • loving (adjective)
  • patient (adjective)
  • grow up (phrasal verb)
  • bring up (phrasal verb)
  • support (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are some essential qualities of a good parent?
  • What are some effective ways to discipline a child?
  • Should parents be legally required to take parenting classes before having children?
  • What challenges do parents face today that didn't exist 100 years ago?
  • Do you think parents should limit their children's use of technology and social media?
  • How do parents pass on their values and beliefs to their children?
  • Is it better for children to be raised by both parents, or is a single-parent household just as effective?
  • How has technology impacted parenting in recent years?
  • Should parents have the right to spank their children as a form of discipline?
  • How can parents balance their work and family life effectively?
  • Should parents be held legally responsible for their children's actions?
  • What do you think is the role of grandparents in raising grandchildren?
  • How do cultural and societal factors impact parenting styles?
  • What are some common misconceptions about parenting?
  • How has the role of fathers in parenting evolved in recent years?
  • Should parents be allowed to homeschool their children without any oversight or regulation?
  • What do you think constitutes spending quality time with your children?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.