“Hope Clinic has been my biggest support system during this rough patch in my life, and I pray that I am able to continue to grow this relationship with them.” – Angel, a current Hope Clinic client
My name is Angel. I’m currently 21 years old, almost 22, and 36 weeks pregnant. I grew up with a simple life in Springfield, MA. I lived with my parents and my father’s parents. I was an only child for quite a while. I didn’t have many friends growing up- I was more of a teacher’s pet. While living up there I went through a few deaths in my family. I had two of my brothers be born stillborn and my grandfather also passed away. Sadly, all three of these in the same year. But things started to look up after those tragedies.
When I was 10 years old, my family moved to Nashville, TN. Here I was able to renew myself. I found Christianity when I moved down here. It was the first time I had been exposed to church. My church helped me grow as a person in ways I never expected it to. They have been one of my constant support systems since I moved down here all those years ago. They helped me be able to open up to others and make friends. Some of those friendships, I still hold dear to me to this day.
Over the years, my mother managed to have two healthy pregnancies. The first was my brother, Zachary, who was born in 2008. He grew up an amazing little brother. He has since been diagnosed with autism and epilepsy, but he is still the sweetest boy you’ll meet. Next came my sister, Isabella, who was born in 2010. At first Zachary didn’t like her, but eventually we all grew into one big happy family.
My life got hauled into reality when I turned 16. My family was in need and so I started working to be able to help out. Over the course of 3 years I worked my way up the ranks at Sonic Drive-In. I was always constantly working a million hours to make up what my family needed. I ended up being an assistant general manager before things went sour between me and the higher ups. From there I went on to work at Vanderbilt University with campus dining and also at Au Bon Pain consecutively. My mindset to have to work 24/7 had been influenced by others around me. At the time I was 20 years old working back to back jobs to provide for my family who had multiple incomes coming into the house.
Once Vanderbilt University let out for the summer I found a new job in downtown Nashville. I started working at Johnny Cash Kitchen and Saloon. While at this job I found out I was pregnant. As soon as I found out, a bunch of medical issues began to appear. I started having really bad asthma, fainting at work, constantly getting sick at work, etc. I had to stop working my ridiculous 24/7 work schedule. My baby was telling me it’s time to slow down. I ended up in the hospital a few times and ultimately had to quit that job.
After a while, while in my second trimester, my symptoms started to reduce themselves. One of my old managers offered me a job at Opry Mills as a prep person. I jumped on the opportunity. It was going well until recently. All of a sudden my world was turned upside down. We had gotten so behind on rent that we lost our house. My mother decided to separate from my father when this happened.
Since then me, my mom, and the kids have been living in a hotel. I stopped working due to the fact that we were constantly switching hotels and we didn’t have a vehicle just the public buses. Me and my mom have been trying our hardest to work through this rough time. Our church and family friends have been helping out immensely since then. Me and my mom have been sharing the responsibilities of bringing the kids to school, taking care of the kids, and working on ways to find housing and money for food. We’ve been having to sell a lot of our stuff to be able to get by. We are going through a lot, but we know that it is worth it to be able to change for the better. Currently we are still living in a hotel working through all of these issues. We are constantly working with agencies and case workers to find housing and support.
Recently I had a lot of opinions being thrown at me and a lot of truths being revealed to me. Some told me to put my child up for adoption because of the situation I am in. Others made it clear to me that for years I had been financially abused. That the work ethic instilled in me had been used to benefit everyone except myself. So, I decided to change who I was. I decided to find a support system that worked with me to create a better me.
I found Hope Clinic out of pure luck. I was going through a dark patch with my depression and desperately needed a stable support system. I started looking at different counseling options online. Hope Clinic stood out to me because not only did they offer counseling, but they also offered the Bridge Program for pregnant women and new mothers.
The first time I visited Hope Clinic, I was welcomed with open arms. It is such a warm environment there. Everyone is polite and open with you. They all ask how you are doing and make sure everything is okay. All of the workers, volunteers, and fellow participants constantly want to reassure you that they are there for you and that they want to help you succeed on your journey. They always make sure that you never feel like you are in this by yourself or that you are alone. Everyone is there to support you.
My first time there, Hope Clinic immediately got me set up with someone to do my intake. From there everything just came together. I was lost when I first went to Hope Clinic. I didn’t know who I really wanted to be or what I wanted to do with my life. I was afraid of spiraling out of control before my child even got here. Since I’ve been at Hope Clinic, I’ve been able to start to discover who I want to be and what kind of person I want to be.
I’ve been going to a variety of Bridge Program classes to broaden my knowledge of pregnancy and self care. Examples of some classes are therapeutic music, all about self care, living in your awesomeness (which is a career help class), breasting classes, etc. They prepare these classes with mothers or mother- to-be in mind. They want you to have the knowledge of how and why things happen, but also want to help you be able to deal with these things. They want you to feel prepared. They help you to focus not only on taking care of your body and health for your child’s sake, but also for your own sake. They make sure that you know that you matter, and that your physical and mental health matter just as much.
Through counseling, which is optional, they want to help you work through your current problems and/or past problems. The counselors are there not only for mothers, but for everyone. They work with you to make you feel like yourself again. They work with you so that you can find out who you want to be. Like I said, I was lost when I came to Hope Clinic. The little time I have been there I’ve learned so much about myself.
It all started when I went to one of my first classes. It was part of a series called Nuturing Parents. We had done a chapter on self care. I realized in that class that I had never really experienced constant self care. Sure, I had gone to a concert or event every once in a while, but I didn’t take even 2 minutes a day to focus on myself. Then and there I knew the first thing I needed to work on. I needed to figure out what I could do for myself to help myself grow as a person.
I went to counseling a few days later and we worked on a plan. I felt like I was in school again getting homework, but it really helps. In class, we had done a worksheet about things we love about ourselves. It was for us to realize some of our own potential. Based on that list me and my counselor came up with a plan to take time out of every day during the week and do an activity related to the worksheet. I love to draw so therefore every day I would draw something related to what I love about myself. Since art is something that helps to relax me being able to do that small task every day is a form of self care.
Another resource Hope Clinic offers are mentors. I feel like having a mentor is one of the most important things you can benefit from. They aren’t there to take over your life and tell you what to do. They are available to you to help guide and support you on your journey. They are not there to judge you in anyway. All they want to do is help you succeed. Everyone at Hope Clinic is like that though. Everyone you meet just wants to make sure that you are okay and that you are able to take advantage of the services offered to you. Everyone, from the employees and volunteers to the fellow participants, wants to help you grow and succeed in your journey of life. Hope Clinic has been my biggest support system during this rough patch in my life, and I pray that I am able to continue to grow this relationship with them.
Angel, a current Hope Clinic client, wrote this story to share how our services have offered her growth, encouragement, and hope.
Our Bridge Parenting Classes are available LIVE via Zoom, in pre-recorded on-demand videos, or limited seating IN-PERSON classes. Any active Bridge Participants can sign up to join a live class or watch a recorded one. A sample of recorded classes are available at the bottom of this webpage. To sign up for a class, please submit the form below.
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Bridge Class Sign-up
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Education Class Rules
- Your case manager will track your points and be responsible for sharing them with you.
- Classes must be relevant to your current situation. For example, a mom with a nine-month-old should not be taking a class on labor & delivery.
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- Bridge members are required to use their first name that they use at Hope Clinic
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- Members not following these guidelines will be removed from the class and will not earn points.
Pre-Recorded Bridge Classes:
Below are a sample of the pre-recorded classes we offer. To view the complete list click here.
Bonding with Your Unborn Baby: From conception to birth, your baby embarks on an incredible nine-month journey. She is developing and growing from her own genetic blueprints. Even though she is different, you can start bonding with her while she is still growing in your womb. Learn about her incredible journey and how you and she are connected and explore the incredible masterpiece that is your son or daughter.
Your Unborn Baby’s Secret World: As recently as 25 years ago, we thought unborn babies were unaware of anything outside the womb. Since then, though, science has gained a better understanding of Your Unborn Baby’s Secret World. That secret place inside you where your unborn baby resides is not a deep, dark cave where she is hidden away, awaiting her birth. Far from it, your womb is her classroom, where she has begun a lifetime of learning, sampling, accepting, and rejecting - in short the process of growing that will continue throughout her life, from conception on.
What is Safe in Pregnancy: Topics Include: diet, processed foods •dieting •wash hands •food care •foods to avoid •unsafe foods •smoked seafood •pate •unpasteurized dairy •fish •mercury •herbs •sprouts •pica •vitamins •unsafe herbs •saw palmetto •golden seal •dong quai •ephedra •yohimbe •pay d’arco •passion flower •black cohosh •blue cohosh •roman chamomile •pennyroyal •water •coffee • alcohol •caffeine •sugar •artificial sweeteners •exercise •hair dye •hot tubs •traveling •driving safety •cleaning products •cat litter •drugs •smoking www.truetolifeproductions.com
Getting Ready: Nesting - Topics Include: 3rd trimester •nesting •energized •cleaning •organizing •cautions •baby’s room •baby equipment •meals ahead •contact list •pack hospital bag •overnight bag •longer-term bag •car seat ©2018
Big Belly Mom Hacks: Everyone may seem like an expert when it comes to your pregnancy. Friends, family, and even strangers may offer advice as you experience the changes that come with your pregnancy. Even when this advice comes from well-meaning friends and family, it is important to make sure it is GOOD advice. In this video, we will talk about how to overcome some of the more usual challenges and discomforts with some mom-tried and -approved tips.
Your First Trimester: You’re pregnant, and you’re wondering, now what? There is a lot to know about pregnancy, your changing body, and your developing baby. So much happens in that first trimester! You will experience changes in your body, your emotions, and your lifestyle. Your baby also goes through a lot of growth, developing into the little person you soon will see in less than nine months! This video takes a look at pregnancy in the first trimester and also talks about your baby’s journey in development
Your Second Trimester: Your first trimester is now behind you and you are likely feeling better. Morning sickness may have eased up and you may be thinking, “I’ve got this!” Your baby is growing rapidly, and you might even be starting to sport a cute little baby bump. The second trimester is often the most comfortable time for a pregnant mom! While you still may not be feeling or seeing much yet, there is a lot going on in your womb. In this video we’ll talk about how your body is changing, your baby’s journey in development, and what you can expect in your second trimester.
Your Third Trimester: You are moving into your third trimester, and you’re feeling VERY pregnant. Your baby is getting bigger, and you can feel her moving and kicking. What is going on in there?! While your body is changing to accommodate your growing baby, you are likely feeling more tired, but also strangely energized. You have a baby coming soon!! In this video we’ll talk about your changing body, what you might be feeling, your baby’s journey in development, and what you can expect in your third trimester.
Prenatal Care: You’re pregnant and you have a lot to consider. Car seats, baby’s room, baby clothes, and what brand of diapers you want to use. But the most important consideration right now is how you can take the best care of yourself and your developing baby. Your first step is setting up your prenatal care. In this video, we will discuss prenatal care, what you should expect at your prenatal checkups, and why they are so important to keeping you and your baby healthy.
Caring for Yourself After Birth: Women are often taught to consider the needs of others before their own. After giving birth, it is critical for a woman to take good care of herself so that she is better equipped to care for her newborn. Things like postpartum healing, rest, nutrition, exercise, and how to handle the baby blues help her settle into her new role as a mom. This video will share tips on what to expect after giving birth, and how a postpartum woman can take great care of herself.
Postpartum Depression: Pregnancy and birth are supposed to be a joyful time. The excitement of parenthood and a new baby, dreams of your sweet family, and those wonderful bonding moments. But all of this may lose some of its joy because of maternal depression and anxiety. This depression or anxiety can begin during pregnancy and worsen after birth. It can be as mild as the “baby blues” or as disabling as postpartum depression or anxiety. This video takes a look at the “baby blues,” postpartum depression, and the difference between them. We’ll also talk about what to do if you have postpartum depression and some helpful tips on how to function at home and how to improve your mood.
Going it Alone: When looking at being a mother, many don’t understand the important pieces that need to work together to make a life with a young child. This DVD goes through the essential needs of every single mother including the 4 most important: Shelter, Income, Food, and Transportation. Each need is discussed and options are given as possible solutions. Then, the emotional needs of both the mother and the child are discussed and advice and help is given to encourage an emotionally healthy family. Finally, their intellectual needs are discussed with encouragement for continuing education and appropriate play for the child.
At Risk Pregnancies: There is risk in everything we do in life, including starting a family. Most pregnancies progress just fine, but sometimes along the way, a complication can arise. It’s scary when this happens. In this video, we will look at the different medical conditions that can affect your pregnancy or your health, what to do if you experience concerning symptoms, what symptoms you should always see your medical provider about, and how to get through a complication. In the end, all we want is a healthy baby and a healthy YOU.
Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: From the time you find out you’re pregnant, you will want to give your baby the best start at life. However, unhealthy lifestyle choices and addictions can have a serious impact on the growth and development of your unborn baby. This impact can sometimes happen before you even know you’re pregnant. It’s hard to imagine how everything you put in your body - whether it’s inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin - can affect her! Changing lifestyle habits and overcoming addictions is tough and takes strength, perseverance, and often outside help. This video will cover the effects of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs during pregnancy. It will cover how these activities affect your developing baby, your pregnancy, and you. It will also cover some of the long-term, developmental issues your child may face from exposure to these harmful chemicals. This video will offer tips on how to successfully quit smoking, drinking, or using drugs, as well as when you should consider asking for help.
Mommy Nutrition: Let’s see…the choice between chocolate cake or a Snicker’s Bar for lunch vs a healthy alternative. The choice is tough, isn’t it? What feels good vs what is good! This video looks at why a mommy’s nutritional needs are important and how you can make healthy choices 90 percent of the time so that you don’t have to feel guilty about those occasional “feel-good” choices. We’ll take a look at what your nutritional needs really are, and how you can easily meet them, with just a little planning.
Labor & Delivery
Labor 101: Intro and Options The goal of this series is to give you a better understanding of your choices at birth and to serve as an educational video on the birthing process. In the first section of the Labor 101 series you will learn about the possible options and techniques used to handle pain when giving birth as well as learning the benefits and risks that come with each choice.
Labor 101: What to Expect Mental, physical, and emotional preparation for birth are discussed in this section as well as techniques to help train your body for the physical demands of labor. The role of your birth coach is also discussed and what they can do to help you relax and stay calm throughout the process.
Labor 101: Infant Care The last section of this series brings everything to a conclusion and touches on the last stage of labor that occurs after delivering your baby. The steps your baby goes through to get all cleaned up and cared for in preparation to go home are covered as well.
Breastfeeding: Techniques and a Good Latch In this lesson the techniques for breastfeeding are shown and explained further. Various feeding positions are shown and keys to having a successful latch are discussed. How to prevent sore nipples is another topic that’s covered among many other tips given to make breastfeeding as easy as possible.
Breastfeeding: Returning to Work Combining all her experience from helping thousands of mothers successfully reach their breastfeeding goals, with her personal experience of being a working, breastfeeding mom herself, your instructor Shari Criso, MSN, RN, CNM, IBLCLC, knows how important it is for many mothers to be able to both work and pump to achieve their long-term breastfeeding goals. Going back to work after having a baby is never easy. Let Shari help you ease the anxiety and assist you in transitioning back to the office while continuing to breastfeed. This DVD is an absolute must for anyone who plans to pump at work, covering everything you need to know as a working and breastfeeding Mom!
Breastfeeding: Getting Enough Milk The third lesson of this series will answer your questions of “is my baby getting enough milk?” This lesson will show how to know if your baby is getting enough. What cues to look for so you can stop worrying about your baby being hungry.
Breastfeeding: Growth Spurts and Essentials In the final lesson of the simply breastfeeding series you will learn how to introduce your baby to a bottle as well as learn how to store your breast milk, so your baby always has milk.
Breastpumps and Briefcases: Combining all her experience from helping thousands of mothers successfully reach their breastfeeding goals, with her personal experience of being a working, breastfeeding mom herself, your instructor Shari Criso, MSN, RN, CNM, IBLCLC, knows how important it is for many mothers to be able to both work and pump to achieve their long-term breastfeeding goals.
Eye Contact Means Love: Eye contact is considerably more important to us throughout our lives than we may imagine. Even as infants, it is key to the process of establishing emotional bonds with family. This video explores the development that is supported and the bonding that is encouraged through the intentional use of up close eye-contact. ©2014
Infant Expectations: - Topics Include: newborn •newborn •appearance •vernix •skin-to-skin •lanugo •rashes •blotches •white spots •umbilical cord •weak neck •holding baby •first day •awake •alert •vision •sleep •eat •latching •coming home •car seat •normal behaviors •sleeping •feeding •breathing •crying •colic •reflexes •sucking reflex •grasp reflex •first bowel movement •stool •jaundice •bilirubin •phototherapy •weight loss •dehydration •infection ©2016
Infant Temperament: The basic needs of most babies are all the same; but every baby has a unique temperament. This video looks at the different types of temperament and helps the viewer understand the natural differences that can be cherished in each child.
The Importance of Bonding: The love bond between child and parent is the foundation upon which all discipline, relationships and self-esteem is based. This video instructs both on the importance of bonding and good practices to promote bonding between infants and mothers.
Infant Hygiene: Caring for an infant does not require vast amounts of training or an advanced degree. Caring for an infant simply requires a dedicated parent willing to respond to a child’s needs in appropriate ways. This video provides standard techniques of care that will help parents to provide for their infant’s day-to-day hygiene needs.
Being a Super Mom: Ever wish you could use the Lasso of Truth with your kids? Well, keep your magic bracelets on, girl, cuz this video will give you tips on how to stay organized, on time, meet the needs of your family, and maintain your superhero status! ©2018
Infant CPR: This video instructs parents or caregivers on how to perform choking and CPR procedures on a baby if they have a breathing or cardiac emergency. While this does not replace an accredited CPR class, this video will familiarize a person on these important lifesaving steps. ©2017
Crying: We love our babies, but we HATE their crying. Especially the inconsolable crying that you can’t fix! It’s hard to listen to, and it makes us so EMOTIONAL! It evokes feelings from deep within! You may be wondering, “Is this normal?” “Am I doing something wrong?” Or worse, “Is there something wrong with my baby?” There may even be a niggling little voice inside wondering, “Am I a bad parent?” This video answers all those questions and talks about ways you can soothe your baby and what to do if you can’t stop the crying! ©2020
Mommy Milestones: This video helps a parent to make sense of their toddler’s development, learn what things they can do to help their child hit those milestones, and understand how to nurture their toddler’s good behavior. ©2017
Toilet Training: This DVD shows the basics of potty training, including: How to know when to start potty training; Preparation for the big day; The “how to” of potty training; Rewards and encouragements; Dealing with disappointments; Tips for boys; and Tips for girls. A 5.8 Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level score ensures information is easily understood. Length: 24:24. ©2015
Siblings: This video sheds light on the unique relationship siblings have as they grow up together and work out interpersonal relationships, effective communication, and teamwork that prepare them for adulthood. It will give tips on how to parent your children to build strong bonds, and how to manage sibling rivalry. ©2017
Sleeping, Bedtime, Mornings: This video answers these questions and offers solutions for some of the most common sleep challenges a toddler has so that everyone gets a blissful night’s rest! ©2019
Bonding with Your Toddler: In this video we‘ll talk about what it means to bond with your toddler and why it’s crucial for every parent to work at it. We’ll also show you four simple ways to help develop this relationship and some fun things every parent can do to get closer to their toddler. ©2019
First Year: Newborn Milestones: From the day your baby is born, they are taking in new information from the world around them and using that information to build connections in their brain. In this series you will learn about the milestones your baby should achieve each month and how to keep a close tab on their development. The first few months of your baby's life are an exciting, emotional, and overwhelming time. In this first lesson you’ll see the different milestones newborns should be reaching in their first couple months of life.
First Year: Three to Six Month Milestones: At 3-6 months your baby is much more active. This time in your baby’s life is a big milestone. They’ll be livelier, more alert, and their personality will really start to shine by interacting with the world around them. This lesson will teach you what things to expect during this time period and how you can help in your child’s development.
First Year: Six to Nine Month Milestones: Between 6-9 months of age your baby will grow and develop immensely. These months are some of the most fun and entertaining so make sure to enjoy them while they last. This lesson will show you what milestones your baby should be reaching at 6-9 months and how you yourself can check for these milestones and help your baby with their development.
First Year: Twelve Month Milestones: By the time your baby reaches their 12th month of age they’ll have already hit so many developmental milestones and their level of activity and developmental changes will be exciting and challenging for both of you. This lesson is the last one in the series and will explain your child’s development in the last month of your child’s first year.
10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Self- Confidence (Spiritual): A Step-By-Step Plan That Works Wonders!
Discipline Isn’t Spelled P-U-N-I-S-H-M-E-N-T (Spiritual): Why Teaching and Learning Are Better Than Punishment and Penalties.
Single Parenting (Women): For those who choose single parenting life will be a little more complicated. This lesson helps your clients understand their responsibilities and gives them tools to be a good single parent.
Creating Kindness: This video gives you tips on finding those teachable moments in everyday life where you can guide your children to choose kindness, and how you can model this value from your own interactions with them to encourage their hearts. ©2019
Creating Confidence: In this video, we talk about the three things you can do to help create this super-power of confidence in your child! ©2019
Funday : Leman Secrets for Enjoying the Journey: *There are no worksheets for this video.
*This lesson is a fun bonus for clients if time permits it. Dr. Kevin Leman shares his tips on how you can make every day a Fun-Day with your kids. Third Party Content: Have A New Kid by Friday ©2009
Creating Motivation: In this video, we’ll give you three basic parenting rules that along with a few goals and expectations will help give your kids the skills they need to have better self-discipline.
One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > There is Hope! (Single Father, Lsn. 1): Meet Co-Founder of The Center for Modern Family Dynamics, Jay Daughtry. Jay shares his journey into single parenting and gives insights into self-care as a single parent and grieving spouse while meeting the challenge of re-defining your family. . ©2020
One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > There is Hope! (Single Mother, Lsn. 1): Meet founder of CoParenting International, Tammy Daughtry, who has been a co-parent since 2001. Learn about what co-parenting is, is not and what it might be in regards to its impact on children. Explore the question of, “Divorce hurts – will our children be alright?” . ©2020
One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > Co-parent Communication (Single Father, Lsn. 3): Knowing where we are and where we want to go helps us plan for the journey. Defining your co-parenting relationship, understanding healthy boundaries and knowing how each category effects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience. . ©2020
One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > Co-parent Communication (Single Mother, Lsn. 3): Knowing where we are and where we want to go helps us plan for the journey. Defining your co-parenting relationship, understanding healthy boundaries and knowing how each category effects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience. ©2020
Family Stability: Inside Change It has been said that you should only undertake a single major event in any given year. Whoever said that was a bit out of touch with daily reality. Major events come and go; changing jobs, moving homes, adding to your family, getting married or breaking up. These are major events, and there needs to be a sense of who your family is and how you can keep them stable through these tumultuous times. This video can guide you and help you understand that change is what it is - but your family can weather it together!
Successful Family Living: Family is our most precious gift. They are not perfect. They are made up people who struggle, come from imperfect backgrounds, and often are figuring life out as they go. But successful families share one thing in common, they are committed to each other and purposeful in living life together. In this video we talk about what it takes to create a successful family-life for your children, how you can build rich experiences that shape their character, and the most important things a child needs to build good life skills.
Getting Established In a New Area: It’s time to move, again, and that means getting established in a new area. How do you help your children adapt to a new school and make new friends while still encouraging them to maintain current relationships? How do you get them excited for a new area? You may even find yourself feeling anxious with the idea of establishing your family yet again. This video will help parents support, listen and encourage their children through a difficult transition. It will also prepare parents with a plan of action for getting involved, connected and thriving in a new area.
Domestic Family Violence: Family violence is about power and control. And, the members of a household with the least power - the children - are often the ones most harmed, even if they aren’t the direct target of the attack. This video program examines family violence and its impact on children. It defines, explains, and suggests prevention, response, and treatment approaches. Rich in cultural and content diversity; Family Violence: Impact on Children features experts, practitioners, and ordinary folks with knowledge and experience. The program awakens the viewer to take action in order to prevent physical and psychological injury to innocent children. This high-quality production was directed by David Gottlieb, a renowned film maker in Hollywood.
Role Models: A father is a role model whether they want to be or not. A loving father is a role model for being loving and an absent father is a role model for avoiding responsibility. This lesson gives practical and real ways in which fathers can be positive role models for their children by walking them through their priorities in life.
Real Time: Many parents know that spending time with your child is important and this lesson makes that clear. But it goes beyond to say that time spent must be REAL. REAL is Relevant, Expected, Attentive and Loving. Using personal stories to introduce the topic this lesson will help fathers understand that their child needs them to be there for them, not just in the same area, but as involved parts of their children’s lives.
Being a Leader: Being a leader is important for every father – but what does a leader do? This lesson lays out the simple and practical ways a father can lead in providing, protecting and preparing and how being a leader involves working hard and serving others.
Being Consistent: Many kids have learned to hate promises. They’ve heard too many “sincere” promises that are never kept. Each time they get their hopes up and then get let down, they become a little harder. A father needs to change this by being there, keeping his word, ending excuses and apologizing/changing when needed.
Respect for Mothers: No one want to hear bad things said about their moms and children are even more sensitive to hearing their mother insulted. This lesson walks the father through the weaponized triangle that hurts the children when the mother is attacked. It deals practically and sympathetically to the situations of broken relationships, but it is also clear that attacking a child’s mother is harmful.
Discipline Foundation: Discipline is not all about punishment. Being a good father that disciplines correctly requires a Strong Hand and a Soft Heart and a Smart Head. A strong hand doesn’t allow bad behavior to continue, a soft heart understands the situation and gives grace where needed, and a smart head understands that issues are born of circumstances. Each of these is discussed on a practical level on how to have all of these in discipline for children
Spiritual Discipline: In every discipline situation a parent must Think, Teach, and Follow Through. This lesson covers practical and realistic responses to tantrums, hitting/fighting/pushing and disobedience. It also talks about behaviors which may be signs of something more that needs to be looked into deeper
Choosing Marriage: (Spiritual) Many in our culture today view marriage as inconvenient and costly—outdated, unattainable, and maybe even the stuff of fantasy. Many have a “try before you buy” motto about relationships. But does this REALLY get you to where you want to be—in a relationship with the guy who wants to spend his life with you? In this video we will explore all that and talk about the best way to find the one who will commit to you, promise to love you, and who be there for you no matter what.
Language Warning: This video bleeps out some explicit language in the interviews, However, the understanding of the words is still apparent in the video. ©2019
Staying Married (Women): Marriage is all about being committed - even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those thinking about marriage from the previous lesson. It gives them the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy.
Staying Married (Men): Marriage is all about being committed - even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those thinking about marriage from the previous lesson. It gives them the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy
Fighting The Impulse to Spend: Ever feel like you just can’t let another day go by without buying those sparkly Jimmy Choo’s to adorn your feet? Or maybe you can’t get through the checkout line without grabbing the snacks placed right at your eye level. Or when you feel like life is dealing you nines and tens in a hand of Show Low, does a little retail therapy call your name? Well sister, you’ve been played by the sneakiest of sneaksters! This video looks at how marketers keep us buying more stuff and spending all of our hard-earned cash before it even hits our bank account. You will learn tips to keep from being manipulated at the checkout line and how not to become a victim in retail marketing wars. Yes, you CAN fight the impulse to spend!
The Monster of Debt: Have you ever found yourself with too little cash and too many bills? The stress, worry, and restrictions of being unable to pay our bills brings can be simply overwhelming. Do you know this feeling? Debt is like being locked up in chains that are stronger than you and keep you tied up. You no longer have the freedom to do the things you want because you are chained to your debt. Have you become a prisoner to all the money you owe? Are you ready to do what it takes to be financially free? This video shows you how YOU can slay the monster of debt.
Credit Cards, Friend or Foe?: Are credit cards your best friend or your worse enemy? Can they make you or break you? Do they love you or hate you? Are they the bane of our existence or the salvation to our money woes? Is it possible that they can be both? This video puts credit cards in their proper perspective. And it talks about how if you are in debt or tempted to overspend because of them, then credit cards are just another tool being used to separate you from your hard-earned cash and financial goals!
Budgeting 101: Stay out of debt. Save for the future. Plan your big purchases. Live within your means. All great ideas, but how do you do it in reality? After all, you have monthly expenses, semi and annual expenses, and unforeseen expenses along the way. How do you plan all of this within a fixed monthly income? The answer is the budget. In this video we will look at how to make and maintain a simple budget and plan for most of your expenses so that you can avoid those unpleasant financial surprises at the end of the month.
Your Financial Future: You’ve gotten out of debt, managed your budget, put away the credit cards, and gotten control of your desire to spend. What’s next, you may ask? Is there something more to your financial future? In this video, we will simplify how to build a healthy financial future, take the confusion out of 401Ks, IRAs, and provide other tips on planning for financial stability.
Healing From Abuse: (Spiritual) Abuse damages hearts and souls. It lays down a layer of shame in which the wounded heart lays cocooned. What is shame? What is abuse? This video gets to the heart of abuse, the damage it creates and the distortion we have of ourselves as a result. It provides some practical tools to turn a wounded heart toward healing, and encourages an abuse survivor toward rebuilding her life. ©2011
Relationship Loss: The feelings of pain and despair are real, and the loss of a relationship can feel extremely devastating. This video looks at how to cope with loss, the stages of grief, and how to pick up the pieces and start living again. ©2018
Healthy Boundaries (Women): A relationship can only be healthy if each partner understands and practices proper boundaries. This lesson stresses that each person is responsible for their own feelings, actions, and reactions - and they can choose to be in control.
Car Seat Safety: Parents are responsible for keeping their children safe, including traveling safely with them. Car seat recommendations and laws change and vary by state. Add to that the stress of figuring out which car seat is right for your child and car, and how to install and use it correctly. It can feel overwhelming for a parent making these important decisions. This video will help sort through the choices a parent has when faced with selecting the right car seat. It will also give tips on correctly installing a car seat, and where to go for help if it is too confusing. Finally, this video will cover how to correctly use the seat once installed so parents may feel confident their children are traveling safely.
Immunizations: Opinions about vaccines are easy to find and it is hard to know what to believe. This DVD uses CDC sources and documented studies to explore the truth about vaccines including: The History of Vaccines; How Vaccines are Made; Are Vaccines Safe; Common Ingredients in Vaccines; Do We Really Need Vaccinations; and Immunization Details.
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Protecting their children from harm is every parent’s responsibility and concern. Finding out their children were sexually abused is a parent’s nightmare. Ninety percent of sexual abuse happens to victims who know and trust their abuser. So, what can you do to protect your child in a day and age where pornography is easily accessible and stranger danger is no longer your greatest threat? Are sleepovers still safe or should they be avoided? This video answers these questions and takes a close look at what child sexual abuse is, how to teach your children to be safe, how parents can spot potentially unsafe situations for their children, and what you should do if you suspect your child was abused. ©2017