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Hello, and welcome, to your second lesson in a Stable Relationships and Marriage unit, where today, we're going to be looking at parenting roles.

I'm really glad that you've decided to join me today and I'm really looking forward to our lesson together.

So, let's not waste any more time, shall we? Should we get on with it? Let's start our lesson today, looking at parenting roles.

I'm Mr. Clarke, and I'll be guiding you through today.

To be able to fully participate in today's lesson, you're going to need the following items, an exercise book, or a piece of paper and a pen.

So, if you haven't got that with you at the moment, don't worry, just go and grab it.

And when you're ready to start, just press "Play".

The learning for today, has already started with you taking part in our introduction quiz.

I really hope you enjoyed taking part in it.

Throughout the rest of today's lesson, we're going to be looking at the following, first, we'll be exploring what our image is of parents and what we actually think they do.

Then we'll be looking at what a "successful parent" is and what that looks like.

And then we'll be following up with a recap, making sure you are fully ready for your final exit quiz of this unit.

Some keywords for today are the following, "Interaction", which refers to the communication, or direct involvement with someone, or something.

And, "Consent" which means to give permission for something to happen, or agreement to do something.

Hopefully, you remember last lesson, when you looked at consent in terms of marriage and how important consent is, in this unit.

I really advise at this point that you make sure you've wrote down these keywords.

So, if you need to do that, just pause the video and do so and then just press "Play", when you're ready to carry on.

Let's start then with a "True" or 'False" question, to awaken our brains, as such.

The environment a child grows up in, is not important to their development.

Now, do you think that's "True", or do you think that's "False"? So, I'll repeat the question one more time for you and then I'm going to ask you for your answer.

The environment, so our surroundings, what we can see around us, where we are, our location, all of that.

The environment a child grows up in, is not important to their development.

Do you think that's "True", or do you think that's "False"? I'd like you now to point at what you think is a correct answer in three, two and one.

What are you going for? Should we have a look? The answer is, "False".

Many things affect how we grow up, but the environment provided by parents and carers, plays a crucial role.

So, although there'll be other factors that contribute to the way that we are, when we grow up and become adults, our environment is really important to that.

And our environment is mainly sometimes part of it, created by our parents or carers around us.

So, what is our image then, of a parent? What did we think of, when I say the word "parent", what comes to our minds? So, when I say go, I want you to pause this video and time yourself three minutes, in which I want you to draw an image of a family.

The only rule is, that there must be at least one child in the image.

Now, if like me, you're not fantastic at art and you can't do much drawing, don't panic.

I'm not going to look at them, so this is just for you.

Okay? So, get ready to time yourself three minutes, pause this video and press "Play" when the time is up.

Here we go, in three, two, one.

Pause this video and start your time.


Hopefully by now, you've got your beautiful piece of artwork, that I'm sure one day is going to feature in a wonderful gallery, no doubt of it.

I asked some friends of mine to also draw images of what comes to mind when they see family and this is what they drew.

So, John drew him and his dad, Chelsea drew her and her two moms and Nicky drew him and his mom and Joseph drew him and his mom and his dad.

Four people with four completely different images.

And I'm sure the images that you drew, might be different to what they drew there, as well.

But all of them are correct.

There isn't a one set image of what makes up a family, or a parent.

All of these images are absolutely correct.

And what we hope to show you, is that actually, the image of a parent can be so many things and a "parent" in itself, that word can mean so much.

And we're going to look at that more throughout this lessen.

You see, families and parents can be a foster, or an adoptive family.

It could include LGBT Plus partners and parents.

It might be an intergenerational family that someone draws, which could be families that include grandparents.

It could be a single parent, as we saw in some of the images that they drew, or carers.

There is no one set image of a family and that's really important, as I've said, to remember.

So, what makes successful parenting? And again, this is going to be really different for everybody.

There's been a robot invasion.

I would like you please, to design your own robot parent, complete with all the special powers that you think are needed to make your robot a "successful parent".

For example, I had a go at this and my robot is going to have the ability to "read minds", so that they know when their child is lying about not eating all the chocolate, which is, you know what, I've done that occasionally, as I'm sure we all have, right? So, I would like you now to pause this video and design your own robot parent.

Complete with all of those special powers, or skills, or talents that you think they need.

Maybe they need to have multiple arms, or multiple heads, so that they can see everything that's happening.

It's your design, so you decide.

Pause this video now, create your design and when you're ready, press "Play" again.


Hopefully by now, you've got your wonderful creations and I really hope that some of you might want to share these with us.

And I'll tell you how you can do that, at the end of the lesson.

Now, while we've been having a bit of fun in drawing our robot parents, we know that actually parents do a lot and there's a lot to their role.

And there's a lot to what might make a successful parent, because there's so much involved.

For example, they have to care for their needs, safety and development.

Supporting their physical, social, emotional development and wellbeing, how we think and how we feel.

You know, a parent is there to support our education.

Remember, when we're talking about parents, we've seen that actually that image of a parent, can mean so many different things.

It could be a carer or that adoptive family, all of them play a role in that "parent" and what makes it successful.

Creating a sense of security and home, meeting those basic needs of food and drink and clothing, providing a loving environment, where people are able to grow.

Supporting them to understand what is right and what is wrong.

And providing guidance as they progress through life.

Wow, that's a, that's a lot a parent got to do and this is only some of the things.

I'm sure, no doubt that your robot picked up on many other things that a parent might need to do to be successful.

There's so much involved.

So, which of these areas then, do you think are important to bringing up children? Which of them do we think, hmm? Is it love and intimacy? Is it the enjoyment of time spent together? Perhaps it's the opportunity to share everyday experiences and significant moments in life, or the sense of support, in facing life's challenges? What do you think is important? Which of these areas are important? I'd like you now, to point to the one, or multiple perhaps, that you think are correct.

In three, two, one.

What are you thinking? Should we have a look? All of them are important.

And that's what we need to understand, is that, being a parent and what a parent is, can mean so many different things, but there are so many things involved in that.

To make us successful and the amazing human beings, that I know all of you are and will continue to grow to be, as you grow up.

So, let's have a little bit of a recap then, about what we've looked at so far in this lesson.

A family where people love and are committed to each other provide a good environment for bringing up children.

That's the important thing to know about parenting roles and successful parenting.

Commitment to provide a loving and safe environment for a child is really important.

For example, through those positive interactions with parents and carers, a child will learn they are valued and they will value themselves.

And this will help to shape how they interact with others inside and outside of their family, because we're not just preparing a young person for the family home and the people around them.

You're preparing them for the future and the wider world.

And that's a massive thing for a parent to do.

And now, we can see that actually, there's a lot involved in that process as well.

So, a final reflective question for you.

What do you think is the most important role a parent plays? Now, there's no right or wrong answer to this, because it's completely up to you.

We've explored the many roles that a parent plays, but which one do you think is the most important role, a parent plays? And perhaps it's something that we haven't touched on today and perhaps you think there is so much more and you think that's the most important thing.

I'd love to hear what you think.

So, while you're thinking about this question, just press "Pause".

And when you're ready to finish up our lesson today, just press "Play" again.

Today you've done some amazing work and I would absolutely love to see this work.

So, don't forget, you can share it with us, by tagging @OakNational, with the hashtag, #LearnwithOak on Twitter.

Make sure though, that you ask your parent or carer to help you share that work.

Let's share your amazing creations of those robot parents and maybe inspire everybody across the UK, to design their own robot parent.

Wow! Well done on today's lesson, you've worked really hard and covered a lot of content.

I hope you've enjoyed today just as much as I have, but remember, the fun doesn't stop there.

There are so many other amazing lessons happening on Oak Academy.

So, I hope that you will now take this opportunity to find more lessons and continue your learning with us.

And who knows? Maybe I'll have the privilege of having another lesson with you.

Until then, bye-bye.