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