Topic: Raising Children



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: raising children. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

stay-at-home mom (expression) a mom who doesn’t work and raises her children
It’s less common to see a stay-at-home mom.
potty train (v) train a small child to use the toilet
It’s sometimes difficult to potty train a child.
infant (n) a small child or baby
The infant is starting to walk.
terrible twos (phrase) a period of time children act bad and get mad a lot; usually between 2-4 years old
My son is going through his terrible twos. If he doesn’t get his way, he screams.
grounded (adj) punish a child or teenager who did something wrong or bad; usually not allowed to go out
My daughter came home late. She was grounded for 2 days.
rules (n – plural) a statement that tells you what you can and cannot do
If children don’t follow rules, they can be grounded.
spoil (v) to treat someone too well; being too generous
Parents spoil their children with money, lots of gifts, and expensive cars.
chores (n – plural) a small job or task that is done regularly
My children do their chores after dinner.
bring up (v – phrase) to raise a child
It’s difficult to bring up children.
family time (expression) a period of time where a family spends quality time together
We play games during family time.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Should children have chores? Why or why not?
  2. What are some reasons children are grounded?
  3. What are some family time activities?
  4. Do you think it’s difficult to potty train a toddler? Why or why not?
  5. Is it common in your country to have stay-at-home moms? Why or why not?
  6. What are some rules parents have for their children?
  7. In what ways do parents spoil their children?
  8. Who do you think is easier to raise a boy or girl? Why?
  9. What is a good age when children can be left alone? Why?
  10. Why is it important to support your children?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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