Session 7 - Family Functioning and Parenting Behaviors

The primary focus of this session is on:

  • Family values and responsibilities.
  • Family roles and discipline strategies.
  • Quality of parent-child relationships.
  • Parental Involvement.

The particular emphasis will be on:

  • Discussing the importance of fathers’ and sons’ values concerning risky behaviors, academic achievement and personal well-being.
  • Identifying strategies for rule setting, monitoring, and discipline for non-resident fathers.
  • Discussing the importance of warmth,caring, trust, and expectations in the parent-child relationship.
  • Planning ways to be more involved in each others’ lives.

Knowledge –Attitudes –Skills Expected

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • 1. Articulate important family values both generally and as related to selected health behaviors, academic achievement, and well-being.
  • 2. Identify strategies for enhancing nonresident fathers’ parenting behaviors, including rule setting, monitoring, discipline and involvement.
  • 3. Discuss what is important to sons concerning selected health behaviors and expectations for academic success and the future.


  • Affirmation & Meditation
  • Select an appropriate family movie to guide discussion
  • Group Discussion
Homework Due
  • Turn in cameras
Homework Assigned
  • Writing a Family Play
Materials Needed
  • Lion King movie or movie clips
  • DVD player, TV and cart-or-laptop, box light and projector screen
  • Discussion questions for movie
  • Handout: Prenting Behviors and Skills Building (fathers)
Session Outline
  • Quick Overview of Today’s Session (5 minutes)
  • Check-In (10 minutes)
  • Activities (85 minutes)
    • AFfirmation & Meditation (10 minutes)
    • Dinner and A Movie (50 minutes)
    • Group Discussion (25 minutes)
      • Parenting Behaviors and Skill Building Handout
    • Homework Assignment (5 minutes)
    • Closing Summary (5 minutes)
    • Check-Out (10 minutes)


Lesson Plan

PowerPoint Materials

Parenting Behaviors Parenting Behaviors Script

Activities and Handouts

Parenting Behaviors and Skill Building


Writing a Family Play
Lesson 7 - Fathers and Sons - © 2022