1) One of the first decisions new parents must make is how to feed their infant (birth to 2 years of age). That is, they must decide if they want to breastfeed or formula-feed their infant. What are your thoughts and feelings on breastfeeding? Do you think it is okay for women to breastfeed in public? Why do you feel the way you do? How do you feel about this particular situation (addressed within the article linked here): http://www.npr.org/2012/06/05/154344798/breastfeeding-in-uniform-brave-or-brazen
2) Another decision new parents must make is whether they should work or not. If a family can afford to have a stay-at-home-parent, should a parent stay at home with their child(ren)? Certainly, many parents cannot afford to stay at home. In such situations, they must decide who will care for their child while they are working. How do you feel about parents utilizing daycare centers while they are at work? Why do you feel the way you do?
3) In recent decades, there has been an explosion of educational media geared towards infants, ranging from DVDs to computer games to electronic devices. Companies that market such products include Leap Frog and Baby Einstein (feel free to google these products if you are unfamiliar with them). Additionally, in more recent years, there has been an explosion of early learning centers, in which infants are trained with letter and number flash cards, and slightly older toddlers are given a full curriculum of reading math, science, and more. Keep in mind that these types of centers are different from daycare centers. While care and education are inherent in both types of facilities, the primary function of daycare centers is to care for infants and the primary function of early learning centers is to educate infants. What are your thoughts and feelings on electronic educational technology and early learning centers? Do you think these things are a good thing or a bad thing for infants? How so?