Parenting: It’s a Life

“Parenting: It’s a Life”, is a lesson designed for students in grades 7-12. The curriculum is intended to introduce students to the responsibilities of being a parent, the concept of child support, how the child support system works, and  the legal consequences of not paying child support. It is important for students to learn that failure to pay child support denies children their basic needs. The teaching materials are a valuable addition to Family and Consumer Sciences, Life Skills, American Government, Business Law, Health, English, and Psychology classes.

The video is provided in its entirety below for online streaming.

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To help parents, teachers, and administrators evaluate and use this course, we have provided informational brochures, a DVD file for download*, and the entire set of training materials below. Unlike the rest of this site (which uses a standard copyright) the materials on this page are licensed under a Creative Commons license. You may use, adapt, or incorporate any of the materials however you see fit. The only requirements are that you attribute the original content to the Iowa State University Child Welfare Project and that you share your creations in a similar manner. See the licensing information at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions you can email our team at or you can call Kate Goudy-Haht at 515-294-6502. You can also find us on Facebook here.


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Parenting: It’s a Life by Iowa State University’s Child Welfare Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.