OVERVIEW OF COURSES
Birth - 6 Months | Preparation for Parenting (5-Sessions)
5-12 Months | Babyhood Transitions (4-Sessions)
12-18 Months | Preparation for the Toddler Years (4-Sessions)
18-36 Months | The Toddlerhood Transition (9-Sessions)
2 Years - Early Adolescence | Protecting the Innocence of Childhood (4-Sessions)
Preschool - Early Adolescence | Parenting from The Tree of Life - Parts 1-2-3 (17-Sessions)*
Preschool - Pre-Adolescence | Growing Kids God’s Way (17-Sessions)*
8-12 Years | Life in the Middle Years (5-Sessions)
Getting a baby to sleep through the night is not "rocket science." To the contrary, it is one of the most natural outcomes associated with a basic feed-wake-sleep routine. The results are consistent. Happy, healthy, contented babies, sleeping through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age. We will show you how it is done and explain why it works.
You are four months into your tour of parenting and now your baby's day is filled with sensory stimulation and learning opportunities. With age-appropriate modifications the three activities of your baby's day: feeding time, waketime and naptime expand with benefits and challenges. From introducing solid foods to introducing the playpen and everything in between—it is all covered in four comprehensive sessions.
The developmental phase between twelve to eighteen months is a season of exchange: baby food is exchanged for table food; formula for whole milk; bottle for sippy cup; the highchair for a booster seat; feeding himself with his fingers replaced by a spoon and fork; babbling talk to speaking, and the first unsteady steps are taken over by strides of confidence. This four-part series can help any parent stay one step ahead of each transition.
Toddlers have their own peculiar way. They begin speaking full sentences, laugh hilariously, show sudden food preferences, and learn to throw full tantrums. They are busy little people with an appetite for adventure, and curious minds ready to learn. Learning to manage a toddler's day is not an easy task, but it is an important one if a parent hopes to lay down a right foundation on which the rest of the child's life depends.
This new and updated edition (formerly Reflections of Moral Innocence) is a four part DVD series and supported by a comprehensive study guide. Nothing can rob children of the innocence of childhood faster than exposure to inappropriate sexual knowledge. The strategies contained within can help any parent effectively communicate sexual knowledge to their children, in a timely manner, without overwhelming the child's emotional senses, or undervaluing his or her emotions.
Part One: The first six lessons of the Life Series considers the relational components associated with healthy families and healthy parenting. Parents, by intent or by neglect, for better or worse, are still the greatest influence when it comes to shaping a child’s life. Unless parents voluntarily give it up, or choose to surrender portions of their influence, nothing is more persuasive and long-lasting as the impressions gained or lost within the context of the home. This is because children tend to reflect the priorities and values of their home life. What is important to Mom and Dad will become important to their children, and will influence what each child becomes in the future.
The self-evident truth that early family life lays the foundation for later adjustments exists above all other assumptions. While there are a variety of influences on children that parents cannot change (nature, heredity, temperament, and predispositions), the quality of Mom and Dad’s relational influences will impact their children for a lifetime.
Part Two: In this second section, we turn our attention to the moral education of children. Our goal is to help parents connect the dots between God’s message of love and good will toward man and character development. Visits Seven through Twelve develop and explains the guiding principles for raising children who are kind, courteous, respectful, cooperative, confident, and certainly well mannered. Here, we are speaking of a child whose inner person abides with all that is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good character, excellence and those things that are worthy of praise (c.f. Philippians 4:8). No child arrives at this level of moral distinctiveness if the home life from which he or she comes is not already conversant with such virtue. There are more than one-hundred courtesy protocols that should be part of every child’s life moral warehouse.
Part Three: The final segment considers the correction side of training. However, correction is not all about fixing undesirable or wayward behavior. Parents must pay attention to the preventative components of training that reduce the amount of correction needed in the first place. Proactively encouraging behaviors that help children stay on track is indeed a wiser and more effective strategy than simply reacting in a moment of crisis, when trying to fix an unwelcomed behavior. Whatever correction looks like in your home, it should be thoughtful, purposeful, and timely. Part Three of the Life Series is filled with suggestions that can help parents achieve all three.
Originally released in 1986 and updated in 1996, the Growing Kids God’s Way Series 5th edition, (DVDs and Worbook) was the first major parenting curriculum written for the Christian community, and has since served over two million households. While the years have passed away, and fashions have changed, the principles contained within remain timeless. Growing Kids God’s Way continues to provide parents hope, encouragement and practical instruction in their duty of raising morally responsible and biblically responsive children. The curriculum serves parents of preschoolers through the middle years.
From a growth and developmental standpoint, the middle years is a period in which children begin the long process of metamorphosis. They are moving away from childhood dependencies, associations, and interests, and moving toward a self-reliance directed more and more by the beliefs and values of their home life. Life in the Middle Years brings the needed knowledge and understanding that can help any parent make wise training decisions during this critical phase of parenting.