Read the movie description that appears below the movie player on the Parenthood topic page. Then use the following prompts to encourage class discussion before, during, and after watching the movie.


  • What do you think is the toughest part about being a parent?
  • What do you think might be the most fun or best part of being a parent?

During (Pause Points)

Stop at the following times in the movie and ask questions or prompt a discussion to keep students focused and to assess their understanding before moving on:

  • Timecode 1:29: Why is a parent’s role always changing?
  • Timecode 2:23: Why is it so important that parents understand infant body language, and what are some ways that babies show what they’re feeling?
  • Timecode 3:36: What are the ways kids express their independence at different stages?
  • Timecode 5:05: What can you do if you’re frustrated or bothered by something your parents are doing?


  • What does good parenting involve?
  • What can parents and kids do to keep lines of communication open?


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments