FAML 120 - Parenting Skills


Upon completion of the course students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how gospel doctrines and principles should guide and govern our parenting skills.
  2. Develop an ability to find and comprehend the importance of the different part of the brain as it applies to parenting and child development.
  3. Investigate and discover personal biases and values about parenting and child development stemming from parents/caretakers.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to focus on the child's needs and not on the parents wants.
  5. Learn and practice parenting skills and attributes such as empathy, emotion coaching, mindfulness strategies, and more.


This course consists of foundational principles and basic skills of parent-child interaction. Students will apply typical decisions, problems, and opportunities encountered by parents.

Learning Model Architecture

This course is built on the BYU-Idaho Learning Model and includes activities to help students prepare, ponder and prove, and teach one another. The activities and assignments are listed below in terms of those categories:


Required Materials


You will be automatically assigned into groups for discussions and group activities.  Refer to Groups under Course Tools in the course to view the names of your group members.  These asynchronous group activity assignments are opportunities to collaborate together and share each other's parenting and childhood experiences as you complete various activities. The group activity assignments will be graded individually.


Since this is an online course, it is your responsibility to arrange to use a computer with reliable internet access. (The higher speed you have for your internet access, the easier the course will be for you to complete.) It is also your responsibility to make sure you have the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software required to complete your assignments.

Grading Policies

Grading criteria is as follows:

Reading Quizzes 65 points
Spiritual opener reflections 150 points
Individual assignments 120 points
Class Discussions 80 points
Group assignments 150 points
Major individual projects 75 points
Total 640 points

Grading Scale

A 100% - 94% C 76% - 74%
A- 93% - 90% C- 73% - 70%
B+ 89% - 87% D+ 69% - 67%
B 86% - 84% D 66% - 64%
B- 83% - 80% D- 63% - 60%
C+ 79% - 77% F 59% and lower

Late Work Policy

Assignments are due on the day indicated. No late work will be accepted without permission from the instructor. Work that is late hampers your ability to fully participate in the course and will be accepted only at your instructor's discretion. Inform your instructor before the assignment is due. Any late work that is accepted is subject to a penalty as determined by your instructor.

University Policies

Read the University Policies page located in I-Learn. Make sure that you understand what these policies mean for you as a student. If you have questions about any of these policies, you should contact your instructor.

Student Honor Code

Student Honor is following the path of discipleship and learning to be more like Christ—learning to think, to feel, and to act more as He does. Following the Honor Code is of great importance as you strive to be a disciple of Christ. Academic honesty and integrity is expected of all BYU-I students.

You should make sure that you understand the above principles of personal honor. It is important for all class members to strive to follow the above principles in our associations with one another.

If you have any questions about how Personal Honor is related to academic honesty or the University's dress and grooming standards, you may visit the University Standards web page to get more information.

By adhering to the Honor Code you will create a learning environment, “consistent with the ideals and principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Honor Code webpage).

Student Policies

You are responsible for understanding all university student policies. Read the Student Policies and Procedures which include Student Honor, Students with Disabilities, Sexual Harassment, Complaints and Grievances, etc. There is also a University Policies page in your course with helpful contact information.

Course Schedule

This course has been designed to follow a weekly schedule in which you will complete one lesson per week. Check the Calendar tool in I-Learn to see due dates and details. Additionally, all activity instructions include the due date and time. If you have any questions about when a specific assignment is due, you should contact your instructor for assistance.

For this 1-credit block class, it is expected that you will spend an average of 6-8 hours of total study time each week to successfully complete this course. You may need to put in more study time to earn a higher grade or to accommodate your personal learning needs. Also, be aware that with this course, there is no "time off" for holidays that might occur during the week. Plan ahead and arrange your study schedule so that any holiday activities do not keep you from completing learning activities by the posted due dates and times.


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place.