Effective Parenting: Childhood Behavior and Discipline Strategies – DBPC 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive understanding on parenting and generational patterns and its impact on family health and well-being. Lifestyle and cultural barriers to effective parenting are examined, as well as proactive parenting strategies, effective discipline and healthy communication within the family. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.




Families often reproduce themselves and many parents are unaware of the powerful influence they have on their children. Legacy is not a word they often think about. In fact, many parents live in self-doubt when it comes to having positive influence. The principles taught in this course will provide students a foundational perspective and the necessary tools for helping parents learn to discipline well, engage a multigenerational approach to parenting, develop a healthy spirituality in their children and leave a legacy for generations to come. This course is offered in an eight-week format and includes extensive readings, interactions with family members, a position paper, and interactions with other students via Discussion Board.

Theme Scripture

“Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:3-4 (NASB)

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify lifestyle and cultural barriers to effective parenting.
  2. Develop proactive parenting strategies for effective discipline and child-rearing.
  3. Describe the multigenerational influences in a family’s overall functioning.
  4. Identify how culture influences multigenerational family communication patterns.
  5. Identify and discuss destructive and constructive communication styles that affect each family member across generations.
  6. Define goals, dreams and mission for his or her family legacy.

Course Assignment

Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist (10 points)

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

4MAT Book Reviews (2)

The 4-MAT Book Review system is a way of responding to readings that requires the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels, including a Summary, Concrete Responses, a Reflection, and personal Application. Student will write two 4MAT book reviews on a course textbook: The New Dare to Discipline (due in module 4) and Parenting Isn’t For Cowards (due in module 7). Please see the specific assignment instructions included with the course materials. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E, F)

Research Paper


The student will build a 2,000-2,500-word research paper throughout the course of the term, in current APA format. Over the duration of the course, the student will select a topic; create a title page, abstract, and outline of the paper; and, finally, submit his or her final research paper.




The student will choose a specific topic related to effective parenting to write about for the research paper. The student must submit his or her topic selection for instructor approval. If the topic does not receive instructor approval, it will not be eligible for use in the research paper.

Topics can include but are not limited to:


Parenting strong-willed adolescents

Research-based discipline strategies

Discipline in multi-generational homes

Raising kids in a multi-ethnic home

Discipline and child temperament

Parenting styles and child outcomes

Parenting children with ADHD or ODD

Discipline / best parenting practices in stepfamilies

(Other topics can be chosen at professor’s discretion)

Title Page, Outline, References

The student will create a title page and outline in current APA format with 3 references. The outline must be 60–100 words and include at least 3 references the student plans to use. The references must be listed in a reference section in current APA format. The outline must include the Level 1, Level 2, and, if necessary, Level 3 headings the student will use in setting up his or her Research Paper.


The student will write a 2,000-2,500-word paper in current APA format on the approved research topic related to effective parenting with at least 8 references from sources within the 10 years. (SLOs A, B, C, D, E, F)