Questions for discussion: What is the role of family in modern society? Was it different before? How has it changed? How important to have good relationships with your relatives? Do you think that every member of a family should have some particular duties? Do you agree with the statement that husband is a head of a family or you are for the democracy inside of a family? What is the perfect number of children to have? What do you think of married couples who decide not to have any child? Is the nanny and/or the day-care centre the third parent? Are friends more important than family? What do you think? How would you describe a typical Russian family? How would you describe the perfect family?
Questions for discussion: What does good upbringing mean, in your opinion? How much is it important for a child to have a full family? What could be the consequences of being brought-up in a one-parent family? Is it possible to bring up children without punishment? Should parents use punishment at least sometimes? What is better for a child, from your point of view, to go to kindergarten or to be at home with a nanny? What is better for a child, from your point of view, to grow up alone or with brothers/sisters?
Questions for discussion: What does good upbringing mean, in your opinion? How much is it important for a child to have a full family? What could be the consequences of being brought-up in a one-parent family? Is it possible to bring up children without punishment? Should parents use punishment at least sometimes? What is better for a child, from your point of view, to go to kindergarten or to be at home with a nanny? What is better for a child, from your point of view, to grow up alone or with brothers/sisters? Do you/ Will you bring your children up the same way you parents did? Why? Why not? What is the most important in up-bringing? Why does it happen that children from good families go the wrong way? What can we do to prevent children from having bad habits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, etc.?
Questions for discussion: Who do you think owns the fetus? The woman? The man? The State? The Church (Synagogue, Musk, etc.)? The army? The community? Some other body? The fetus him/herself? Nature? Nobody? Who can decide what over the fetus? Is abortion killing? Whom? Is it saving? Whom? What about ``No-baby-pill``? - Is it killing? Saving? Can you enumerate the cases when abortion is the only solution to a problem (if any)? May abortion be used for biotechnological purposes (organs, testing, etc.)? Is birth control a good thing? Bad thing?
Questions for discussion: Are you satisfied with your education? With your upbringing? Training? Are you satisfied with modern educational possibilities in Russia? Outside? What disciplines are best taught un Russia? Outside? What would you change in the educational system in Russia? Should some parts of education or all of it be private? Should the state take part in education? What would you prefer - to get a certificate or to gain knowledge and skills?
~ Relations with family: a. What area of your life gets more attention from you: your family, your work or your friends? b. How much time do you spend with your family every week? Would you like to spend more time with your family members? c. Do you have really trustful relations with your parents? Were your relations trustful when you were a child? d. Do your relationships with your children differ from your relationships with your parents when you were a child? What is the difference? d. Are there any traditions in your family that strengthen relations between brothers & sisters, parents & children? (for example, to gather together everyday for evening meal, to go in for sport together, to have common hobbies, etc.) e. Have you ever quarreled with members of your family? If quarreled, who typically tries to make peace first: you or another person? Why?
Pamela and Richard have just retired. A doctor tells them that because of the onset of senility, Pamela's eighty-five-year-old mother cannot continue to live alone. Despite the necessity of forgoing many personal plans and recognizing the strain it will put upon them, Pamela and Richard decide that they cannot put Pamela's mother into a nursing home. Instead they move her into a spare bedroom in their house. Questions for discussion: What do children owe their parents? Are grown children responsible for their parents' well-being? Are positive feelings a necessary basis for obligations?
Questions for discussion: 1. Give at least 10 ways (Dos and Don’ts) to win a boy/girl. Be specific! Get personal! Share your secrets! :) 2. Give at least 10 ways (Dos and Don’ts) to keep a boy/girl. Be specific! Get personal! Share your secrets! :) 3. Give at least 10 ways (Dos and Don’ts) to get rid of a boy/girl. Be specific! Get personal! Share your secrets! :)
Questions for discussion What is love? What’s the difference between loving and being in love, if there is any? Does love at first sight really exist? What are the criteria of choosing a partner? How much does appearance influence on our choice? Is it possible to find a partner in the internet? Why? Why not? Is it possible to find a partner in a dating agency? Why? Why not? Is it possible for people of different background (social, religious, etc) to make a strong commitment? Is it possible to have one person who is the love of your life? How long should people be dating before getting married? How do people understand that it’s time to get married? When is the time? What do you think are the reasons people get married? Which reason is the main one?
Questions for discussion: Children don't have to suffer, so alimony must be paid by a parent who leaves the family. / Only if a parent does not support a child he or she may be sued. It's up to him (her) to decide what his (her) child needs. Alimony is created to support children. / Alimony is created to punish men. Men must help women and their children, and so women don't have to be grateful for men's support. If men don't want to help women, they must be forced to do that by law. / Mutual dependence exists between men and women. And you always have the right to hear thanks for your support and expect to be supported back by other side. One quarter of a salary is not a big sum of money. / If we take income minus taxes, and minus cost of living, and minus money invested into a business, it won't be 25 percent it may be more that 90 or 100 percent. A child is a burthen. The one who suffers from having to live with a child must be compensated by one who enjoys a happy life without a child. / Having a child is happiness, so the one who is deprived from that happiness must be compensated.