Effective Parenting: Childhood Behavior and Discipline Strategies – DBPC 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/09/2021

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


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 Discussions.

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)

Course Assignment

Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions simulate classroom interaction for students in the online environment and provides students with opportunities to discuss course information in an informal manner. There are 4 Discussions in this course comprised of an initial thread, with a minimum of two replies.

Specific Instructions


  • For each Discussion, you will post a thread of at least 300 words on the topic presented.
  • Your thread must reveal an in-depth exploration of the question in a comprehensive answer reflecting specific concepts and principles. In addition, the thread needs to include, cited in current APA edition, either course materials and /or Scripture references to support your points. Refer to the Discussion Grading Rubric for grading details.


  • Reply to the threads of a minimum of two (2) classmates, using at least 150 words for each reply; this is the minimum expectation.
  • Each reply post must address the related thread directly and must be a unique contribution to discussion, reflecting thoughtful analysis of the topic and thread. Citations are required for full credit in replies as well. Please refer to the Discussion Grading Rubric for grading details. (CLO's A, B, C, D, E, F)

Book Review Assignments (2)

The Book Review Assignment 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. The student will write two book reviews using the 4MAT structure on a course textbook: The New Dare to Discipline and Parenting Isn’t For Cowards. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E, F)

Research Paper Assignments (3)

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 and outline of the paper; and, finally, submit his or her final research paper.

Quiz: Research Paper Topic

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 via a quiz assignment. 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)

Research Paper: Title Page, Outline, and References Assignment

The student will create a title page, outline, and references assignment 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.

Research Paper: Final Assignment

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. (CLOs A, B, C, D, E, F)