Parenting Expectations worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

This worksheet is based on the Parental Expectation Theory, which states that parental expectations are influenced by context and environment (Hao et al., 2015). 

How will the worksheet work?

The present worksheet is intended for the use of practitioners. It will help them familiarize themselves with the client’s expectations.

How to use the worksheet?

Having parental expectations and goals for your children is an essential part of being a parent. The expectations need to be realistic and rooted. Looking at the big picture might be as helpful as keeping a positive overview. 

The following worksheet contains exercises intended to help you set healthy expectations for yourself and your kids.

Parenting Expectations worksheet

Complete the table:

The parent I am The parent I want to be

Fill in the blanks:

I wish my child was more __________________________________________________

I want my child to stop ____________________________________________________

I am a ___________________________________parent

I am happy when my child _________________________________________________

I am sad when my child____________________________________________________

I provide a ______________________________________environment for my child.

In the future I want my child to _____________________________________________

In the future I don’t want my child to _________________________________________

My family is ____________________________________________________________

I want my family to _______________________________________________________

To calmer I need __________________________________________________________

I need the following resources _______________________________________________

My safe space is __________________________________________________________

An ideal parent is _________________________________________________________


Hao, Lingxin & Yeung, Wei-Jun. (2015). Parental Spending on School-Age Children: Structural Stratification and Parental Expectation. Demography. 52. 10.1007/s13524-015-0386-1.

You can download this worksheet here.

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