make the student aware of the commitment and sacrifice that one makes
when entering into marriage and parenting. The student will be taught
the physical, emotional, and financial responsibilities involved in
marriage and parenting so he/she can better foresee the consequences of
actions he/she may take today.
The student will be able to:
Recognize that marriage is a legal commitment between a consenting male
adult and a consenting female adult or minors with parental consent.
How do you decide whom to marry? How can the decision be made so as to
decrease the chance of divorce? These questions can be answered based
on the research on marriage. However, this research is valid as it
regards groups of people; so if you are looking for a formula a person
can use to select a mate, there really is none. We do know, though,
that marriages between people of similar characteristics and backgrounds
are more likely to be successful.
("Sexuality Education" by Brown and Benchmark Publishers, pages 145 and 146.)
Identify the following factors for a successful marriage:
a) respect for each other's opinions
c) willingness to sacrifice and compromise
d) unconditional love
e) the ability to set and meet goals together
Understand that parenting is providing for spiritual, emotional, and
physical needs of the family with lifetime responsibilities for guidance
Understand adoption as a means that parents may take to build a family.
Know that parenting requires communication and the understanding of
parent/child needs. It is the parents' job to help build a sense of
responsibility in their children over time through age-appropriate
empowerment. (The use of Egg and/or Flour Baby Activities may be
Know the laws pertaining to the parents' financial responsibility to children born in and out of wedlock.
Recognize that birth control is a method of avoiding pregnancy.
Discussions optimally will occur after the parenting discussions so that
the abstinence until marriage theme is not undermined.
Discuss the facts relating to the health risks, financial realities, and career/education impacts of teen pregnancy.
Learn honor and respect for marriage.
Connections: Marriage and Relationships – Curriculum, The Dibble Fund.
Project Taking Charge (1990), American Home Economics Association, 1555 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
“Sexual Abstinence - Making the Right Choice,” Human Relations Media, 175 Tompkins Avenue, Pleasantville, New York 10570. Video
Entering Adulthood Series, ETR Associates: Responsibility & Self-Discipline, excluding page 91.
*Chicken Soup for the Soul.
*Loving Each Other, Leo Buscaglia.
* The following language applies to each of above asterisked resources:
subcommittee wishes to remind the teacher that these materials are to
be used as resources solely to stimulate discussion of issues in class
activities for problem solving and critical thinking. They are to be
used within the context of overall curriculum guidelines with
sensitivity to parent/child relationships."
Child Abuse Prevention Handbook, Office of Attorney General, State of California. (Sexual Assault/Abuse, Marriage/Parenting).
REALITIES OF TEEN PARENTING- a documentary style video which profiles
the lives of teen mothers and fathers and the stresses involved with
having a child as a teenager.
Guest Speakers, TAPP (Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program)
Guest Speakers, Adalante Teen Pregnancy Prevention Panel
Video, “Labor and Delivery for Teens”