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Bridge Calendar & Classes Page

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

You must sign-up at least 24 hours prior to the class. For a full list of guidelines for these classes, please scroll past the calendar.

Bridge Class Sign-up

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This Calendar is our LIVE Online and IN-PERSON Bridge Classes. These will be conducted via zoom video conferencing with a live instructor and discussion. If you are interested in a class, click the name in the calendar to view a description of the class.

 

 

Education Class Rules

  1. Your case manager will track your points and be responsible for sharing them with you.
  2. 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.
  3. To sign up for live or prerecorded classes, please fill out the form above at least 24 hours prior to the class in order to receive your confirmation email with the Zoom or video link.
  4. Classes are only available for Bridge members. If you are interested in joining the Bridge program, please contact the clinic.

 

When in a Live Zoom class:

  • Bridge members are required to use their first name that they use at Hope Clinic
  • Bridge members must have the camera on during the class.
  • Be aware of your location. Find a space with few distractions. Be fully engaged and participate in class discussions.
  • 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.

 

Pregnancy

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

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Getting Ready

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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.

Eating for Two

When you’re pregnant, both you and your baby need nourishment to thrive. But what does eating for two really mean? Do you get to eat one cookie for yourself and one for the baby, and should you double your portions? In this video, we will look at the diet a pregnant mom should consume and how many extra calories are needed to support a healthy pregnancy. We’ll also talk about what foods are healthy, which ones to avoid, and how to manage those cravings that can drive you crazy! 

Your Ultrasound Appointment

Getting to see your unborn baby on an ultrasound is an exciting and special event for any parent. It’s like unwrapping a wonderful gift as the scanner zooms in on your baby moving and bouncing around in your womb. But, as exciting as it is to see the baby, there is more to an obstetric ultrasound than just a thrill for the parents. Medical providers are also able to track the development, growth, due date, and overall health of an unborn baby. This video will discuss what to expect at an ultrasound appointment and give an incredible glimpse of your unborn baby’s world.

Emotions of Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a confusing time when it comes to your emotions. One minute you’re happy and overjoyed, and the next minute you may feel irritable or sad. And then, before you know it, your mood is swinging back the other way! Before you were pregnant, your emotions were likely more even-keeled. But now, look out! They may, at times, leave you feeling like a boat tossed around in a churning sea. Are you crazy? Is something wrong? No. You are pregnant. This video covers the physiological factors behind pregnancy mood swings and emotions, all the other factors that may affect a woman’s thoughts and feelings while she is pregnant, including depression, and survival tips to get a woman through the rough patches.

What is Safe in Pregnancy

There is so much to consider when you are pregnant. Your entire lifestyle changes! You now must carefully consider what products you use when cleaning your home, what foods you eat, and whether you should have that morning cup-o’-joe! You may even have some habits that will have to change or activities you will have to put on hold. In this video, we will discuss what things are safe and what aren’t to help you have a healthy pregnancy.

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 you haven’t met her yet, 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.

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 before you follow it. 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.

Preparing for a C-Section

When you were first pregnant, you might not have thought too much about the birth. After all, it felt like it was a hundred years away. But now, as you near the end, you may have been told that you’re having a C-section, or maybe you’re concerned that your delivery could turn into a C-section in the end. And you may be wondering, What will it be like? In this video, we talk about what you can do to prepare for a C-section that will make healing and caring for your baby easier. 

Getting Ready: Nesting

It’s a mystery. Birds do it, hamsters do it, and other animals do it, too—including humans. Nesting: Is it an animalistic, science-proven instinct, or just a big belly–felt eureka moment? Women in their last month or few weeks of pregnancy are often spurred on by bursts of energy, working sometimes at a frenzied pace, to get ready for a new baby. In this video, we will look at what nesting is and why it happens. Does it lead to labor, or is it just an old wives’ tale? Before you get out your broom and mop, let’s examine some safe ways to get your nesting mojo on—and when that mojo goes too far. 

Evidence Based Physician Approved Expecting Twins & More

Do you remember the moment? The one when you discovered you were having twins . . . or more? You might have been joyful, shocked, and then a little scared. There is a lot of work involved in bringing one baby home for the first time, but what if you’re bringing home two . . . or three? Are there things you need to do in your pregnancy with twins that you don’t do when you’re having just one baby, and how do you prepare for bringing home more than one newborn? We’ll talk about all this and more in Preparing for Twins or More! Twins are one thing, but what if you have more?! Handling that many newborn babies at one time can be tough and scary, but here are some ways you can prepare yourself during and after pregnancy to make bringing home your little ones that much easier! 

Trimester Expectations

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.

First Trimester Expectations

Pregnancy is a unique nine-month experience. First-Trimester Expectations introduces three couples as they figure out how their unplanned pregnancies fit into their lives. You are invited to journey with Mariah and Tyler, Laila and Joseph, and Mikayla and Kyle as they share their first-trimester experiences in their own words. 

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

Second Trimester Expectations

Pregnancy is a unique nine-month experience. Second-Trimester Expectations continues with the stories of Mariah and Tyler, Laila and Joseph, and Mikayla and Kyle as they experience their pregnancies in their own unique life situations. You are invited to be a part of their stories as you journey with them and gain new insight about pregnancy from these real-life perspectives. 

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.

Third Trimester Expectations

Pregnancy is a unique nine-month experience. Third-Trimester Expectations completes the stories of Mariah and Tyler, Laila and Joseph, and Mikayla and Kyle as they enter their final trimester of pregnancy. You are invited to journey with them to the end as they have their babies!

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.

The Final Stretch

On your mark, get set, go! The end of your pregnancy feels like one hundred days packed into one long month that, oddly, doesn’t seem long enough to get everything done before you bring your baby home. There is so much to do and keep track of before birth! In this video, we talk about the things in your pregnancy on which you need to keep a close eye, the things for which you need to prepare, and how to recognize the important signs of labor. Phew! Hang in there! You really are on the final stretch!

Labor Expectations

They did it! Couples Laila and Joseph, Mikayla and Kyle, and Mariah and Tyler each had their babies! I bet you can’t wait to see how it all turned out in this final video! Join these three couples as their pregnancies come to an end and experience labor and delivery with them as they have their babies. 

Mom’s Health

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

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.

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.

Labor and Delivery: Getting Ready

Giving birth is tough, but having a baby is amazing! You might be wondering what to expect from labor and delivery. In this video, we’ll talk about three important things you need to know as you approach your baby’s birth: 1. How childbirth works, including why you have pain in labor; 2. The five clues that tell you labor is here; 3. The four stages of labor and what to expect in each. You can do this, and we’re going to help you! And when it’s all over, you’ll be so proud of what you’ve accomplished in giving birth. 

Labor and Delivery: Natural Comfort Measures

Pain in childbirth can feel pretty scary. You might wonder, Can I handle it?! What if I can’t? In this video, we talk all about managing pain the natural way. That’s right—without any pain medication. You can do this! You’ll learn about the three Rs to help you manage pain: relaxation, ritual, and rhythm. Then we discuss various natural comfort techniques to help you lessen the sensation of pain. We also discuss the benefits to a more natural birth, and why learning them is helpful, even if you’re planning on having the epidural.

Labor and Delivery: Medical Pain Relief, Interventions, and Procedures

Having a baby is hard work, and choosing how you manage your pain is important. You get to choose! Do you want to take away some or most of the pain? You should know that choosing a medicated option will lead to certain other interventions and procedures. In this video, we discuss your medical pain-relief options, the interventions to which they lead, and some of the medical procedures you might face in childbirth. We’ll show you how to make great decisions in the moment using the B.R.A.I.N. method so you have the best birth experience possible. 

Labor and Delivery: Training Your Birth Coach

Having a baby is huge . . . and likely not something you want to do alone. Research has shown that when you have one or two support people by your side, you are more likely to stick to your birth plan and have fewer interventions. And it’s just nice having someone there to help. In this video, we’ll talk about what a birth coach does, whom to choose, and how to train them so you have the best birth experience possible. 

Infancy

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. 

Infant Temperament

The basic needs of most babies are the same, but each baby has a unique temperament. This video looks at the different types of temperament and helps you understand the natural differences that can be cherished in each child. 

The Importance of Bonding

he love bond between child and parent is the foundation upon which all discipline, relationships, and self-esteem is based. This video instructs on the importance of both bonding and good practices to promote bonding between infants and parents. 

Infant Expectations

The first hours, days, and weeks with your newborn baby can be overwhelming. There is so much to learn and know! What will my baby look like? What is normal? What kind of behaviors can I expect? Should my baby really sleep so much? Why does my baby cry so much? Is it colic? What if there are complications? What is the right treatment? This video will help new mothers know what to expect from their newborn child and equip them to make the transition from pregnancy to parenting a newborn.

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 provide for their infant’s day-to-day hygiene needs. 

Simple Infant Care

Many less-common but important topics of infant care are often not discussed, particularly from a researched and documented position. This video will provide mothers with information on a variety of less-common subjects that are important to the well-being of their children. Some of these include how to hold a newborn, techniques for soothing a crying baby, bed sharing, burping, infant walkers, pacifiers, and more. Each section is based on research and professional recommendations by leading medical organizations. After watching this video, new parents will be able to make informed and study-based choices in each subject for the care of their newborns. 

Shaken Baby Syndrome

You’ve seen the stories in the news of babies who’ve been violently shaken and then died from their injuries. Most of us think, Not me! I would never do that! There are very few people who set out to hurt a baby. But when you are at your wits’ end, your actions can become chaotic and extreme, and sadly, sometimes it ends with a baby being shaken violently. Learn the three things you need to do to protect your baby and yourself, and what to do if things go too far.

Breastfeeding

Feeding Your Baby: The Bottle

How you will feed your baby is an important decision to make. Babies spend three to four hours a day feeding in the earliest days of their lives. Feeding is a special time to bond with your baby. This lesson discusses the cleaning and sanitizing of baby bottles and the preparation of formula based on the packaging instructions. 

Feeding Your Baby: Breastfeeding - Getting Started

Lesson one of our breastfeeding series provides the important information needed to prepare yourself for the wonderful world of breastfeeding. You’ll hear from medical experts and experienced moms on what to expect and why breastfeeding is a great choice for both mom and baby. The great news is that your body and your baby already know what to do! We will simply help you to understand how to get started and provides some great tips on the breastfeeding experience. Topics include: breastfeeding, mother’s milk, natural, biological, supplementing, nursing, immune system, probiotics, bonding, nutrition English/Spanish ©2022 

Feeding Your Baby: Breastfeeding - Successful Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a natural process but there are ways to enhance your experience for the benefit of both you and your baby. This lesson offers expert medical advice, practical methods, details on techniques of breastfeeding, and valuable real-life interviews from moms just like you! New mom’s often worry if they are doing things correctly and want as much information as possible to feel confident in their breastfeeding role. Don’t worry, you got this! And, this lesson will help you understand ways to promote successful breastfeeding. Topics include: breastfeeding, nursing, time, skin-to-skin contact, latch, position, rooting, smacking, sucking, liquid gold, nutrients, antibodies, foremilk, appetite, cradle hold, cross-cradle hold, football hold, reclining position, laying down position, breasts, feeding cues, rest, cluster feedings, growth spurts English/Spanish ©2022

Feeding Your Baby: Breastfeeding - Problems and Solutions

Lesson three of our series is great when things don’t go as smoothly as planned. Breastfeeding can have its’ ups and downs like most things in life, but there are usually ways to overcome any issues that may arise. We will examine common problems and the solutions that most often work the best to get great breastfeeding back on track. The temporary challenges that sometimes arise with providing your baby natural breast-milk from your body are well worth the rewards that can last a lifetime. Topics include: breastfeeding, nursing, warning signs, skips feeding, breastfeeding problems, engorgement, mastitis, blocked milk duct, thrush, tongue tie, sore nipples, oversupply, undersupply, returning to work English/Spanish ©2022

Feeding Your Baby: Breastfeeding - Weaning

In nature, healthy things tend to grow. And, while breastfeeding is an amazing season of life, the time comes for your child to take the next step in their development. Weaning is the process of transitioning your child from breast milk to solid foods. We will examine the two main methods of weaning: spoon-led and baby-led. You’ll learn the benefits and challenges of both perspectives, along with helpful expert advice on nutrition and real-life experiences from moms. Topics include: weaning, baby-led, spoon-led, solid foods, breast milk, nutrition, food sensitivities, food allergies, baby’s stools, gagging, choking, and iron English/Spanish ©2022

Adoption 

Do You See Her? I Could Never Do That

“I could never do that” is usually the first instinct and response that expectant moms feel and share. Leah, a birth mom of 18 years, shares how she felt the same way until she learned more about open adoption and took time to educate herself about her options. Together Carrie and Leah discuss common adoption myths and fears and what is actually the truth about modern adoption. Topics include: •adoption myths•adoption fears•modern adoption•birth mom•open adoption 

Do You See Her? What is Open Adoption

Adoptions used to be closed and filled with secrets. Now, open adoption has revolutionized the modern adoption experience and is statistically proven to benefit everyone involved when done well. Discover with Leah, a birth mom of 18 years, and Carrie what common open adoption practices are today so that you can better educate the moms you care for. 

Do You See Her? A Birth Mother's Bill of Rights

When choosing adoption, YOU are in the driver’s seat. You have rights! In this video, we discuss what you need to know as you consider adoption and what you can ask for. Don’t settle for anything less than good care for yourself through this difficult time. You matter.

Do You See Her? How do I Live With This Decision

Perhaps adoption sounds like an option you want to explore, but you still wonder about the heartache that may follow? That is a very valid concern, and one that Leah struggled with as well. In this video, Leah and Carrie discuss the grief that birth mothers feel as they make this life changing decision as well as tips on how to cope in healthy ways. 

Do You See Her? Advice from Birth Moms

It can be very helpful to hear from other birth moms who have walked this path. Listen to the advice from others who have been in your shoes, who have weighed their options and have lived out adoption for many years. In this video, they share encouragement and empowerment in where you are right now and what may help you to take your next steps. Topics Include: •adoption advice•adoption choices •encouragement•empowerment 

Do You See Her? Courtney's Story

Courtney has been a birth mom for 20+ years in a semi-open adoption. She placed her son before heading off to college. In this video, she shares why she chose adoption, her struggles with self-worth and family relationships, and the path to healing. 

Do You See Her? Hillary's Story

Hillary was parenting when she chose open adoption for her youngest son. She shares her struggles with her decision, and how she has found peace and comfort within their open adoption. 

Do You See Her? Morgan's Story

Morgan was in her twenties during her unplanned pregnancies and has experienced both abortion and adoption. She shares why she felt adoption was the best option during her second pregnancy, along with her path to healing after abortion and adoption.

Do You See Her? Leah's Story

Leah was 16 and a junior in high school when she found out she was pregnant. Leah shares how she wrestled with her decision for months and what finally lead her to choose open adoption. With a fully open adoption for now 18 years, she shares what the relationship is like now with her daughter and the adoptive family she chose.

BrightBirth Academy

Evidence Based Physician Approved Lesson 1: You Are In Control

Congratulations, you’re getting so close to holding your sweet baby! Taking a birth class is a great way to prepare for the labor and delivery you’ll soon be experiencing. When it comes to your child’s birth, you are in control. It will affect your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. For this reason, you’ll want to give careful thought to planning your birth. This first course will discuss the BrightBirth plan, labor expectations, and finish up by talking about your support team.

Lesson 2: Your Body & Birth

Your body was designed to give birth. In lesson two, you’ll learn how your anatomy works with hormones to move your baby from your uterus, through the birth canal, and into your arms. This happens in four stages, called the stages of labor.

Lesson 3: Pain & Natural Birth

Doesn’t natural birth hurt?! Well, the honest answer is “Yes,” but labor pain is much different than the pain of breaking a bone or stubbing your toe. Labor pain is valuable and works to notify your body to release hormones that move labor along. This lesson will look at pain, the benefits of natural birth, and the various ways to relieve pain naturally. This information will help you consider if a natural birth is for you.

Lesson 4: B.R.A.I.N. & Decision Making

ou may be faced with difficult decisions during birth. Labor may not be progressing as quickly as your doctor would like. Or what do you do if pain medicine is offered that wasn’t part of your birth plan? What if your doctor recommends a cesarean? Making important decisions is tough, and having the right tool to help you do it is important. Cue the B.R.A.I.N. method. This five-part decision-making tool will help you narrow down the information you need during labor to make the best well-informed decision for you and your baby.

Lesson 5: Medical Pain Relief, Interventions, and Procedures

An unmedicated birth may not be for every mom, or you might change your mind as labor progresses. Even if you plan for an all-natural birth, some medical situations may come up that need to be addressed. This lesson will cover the various medical pain relief options—from taking the edge off to removing most of the pain, and the various medical interventions and procedures you might encounter during labor.

Lesson 6: Planning for Birth

The best way to help your labor go the way you would like is by coming up with a birth plan. Your birth plan will help inform the nurses, doctors, and support people of your wishes during and after birth. This lesson will discuss several things you should consider when writing your birth plan, such as how you wish to manage pain, delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin contact after birth, and so much more.

Lesson 7: Postpartum

Congratulations! Your baby is born! At least hypothetically. This final session will instruct you on the postpartum period (after birth). You’ll learn what to expect in the hospital or birthing center in the hours and days following birth, and what you can expect in the first few weeks at home. Real moms also offer tips and share about the things they wish they had done differently or had known about after labor and delivery. You’ll finish this class feeling excited and ready to meet your baby and be empowered to have the best birth possible.

First Year

Mommy Work

Balancing family and work is a challenge with only 24 hours in a day. How can you manage these two full-time jobs and do both well? After all, there are only so many hours in a day, and a few of those need to involve sleep! When both your boss and your family require 100 percent of your time and energy, how can you strike a healthy balance? We’ll take a look at how to balance work and family in this video, as well as how to take great care of yourself!

Being a Super Mom

Mommies have to stretch like Elastigirl and wear lots of capes, all at the same time. In addition to scaling large buildings in a single bound, you also have to be organized and run your family like a well-oiled machine to make it all work. 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 and on time, meet the needs of your family, and maintain your superhero status! 

Car Seat Safety

Parents are responsible for keeping their children safe, including traveling safely with them. Car seat recommendations and laws frequently change and vary by state. Add to that the stress of figuring out which car seat is right for your child and your 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 it is installed so parents can feel confident their children are traveling safely. 

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

Protecting their children from harm is every parent’s responsibility and concern. Finding out their child was sexually abused is a parent’s worst nightmare. Ninety percent of sexual abuse happens to victims who know and trust their abusers. So, what can you do to protect your child in a day and age when pornography is easily accessible and “stranger danger” is no longer the 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. 

Childhood Immunizations

Opinions about vaccines are easy to find, and it is often hard to know what to believe. This video uses CDC sources and documented studies to explore the truth about vaccines including: the history of vaccines; how vaccines are made; whether vaccines are safe; common ingredients found in vaccines; whether we really need vaccinations; and immunization details. 

SIDS

Sudden-Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is a frightening and confusing subject for most parents. Much research over the years has led to many different recommendations that have greatly reduced the chances of an infant dying unexpectedly. Should you be reasonably worried about SIDS? What can you do to reduce the risk of SIDS happening to your baby? And how important is it to follow these recommendations? This video will answer these questions and help parents have peace of mind about SIDS by providing a game plan to reduce the risk of SIDS dramatically for their babies.

Newborn Sickness

Colds, influenza, stomach bugs, rashes, and other bacterial or viral infections—these are many of the illnesses parents face when raising children. How should you treat a fever, avoid dehydration, or cope with a nasty cold? Most illnesses can be treated at home. This video looks at the common potential illnesses an infant may contract within their first year of life, as well as how to treat them. We’ll look at what should go into your home first-aid kit, ways to help prevent or keep from spreading illness, and when you should see your medical provider. 

Infant Accidents

Bringing a new baby home is exciting. But keeping her safe can be stressful! As she grows, she begins to kick and push with her legs, grab at things, roll over, and crawl. These exciting milestones can cause you lots of worries about keeping your baby safe. In this video, we discuss how to prevent and plan for childhood accidents, as well as look at the most common accidents infants can have. We also talk about what to do if your baby gets hurt. 

Infant CPR

Newscasts are filled with stories about SIDS, drownings, accidents, and other scenarios involving babies and children. Knowing that you are responsible for keeping your baby safe can be frightening for any parent. What would you do if your child was choking or stopped breathing? Could you save your baby’s life? 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. 

Infant Nutrition

There are many nutrients your baby needs to thrive. Putting it all together may seem like a complex chemistry assignment. While much goes into providing your infant with a healthy diet, whether you’re breastfeeding, using formula, or eventually introducing solid foods, it’s really not complicated. Your own healthy diet establishes a positive pattern for your family. No matter which feeding method you use, the same nutrients that keep you healthy will keep your baby healthy, too. This video looks at the type of nutrients and the balanced diet your baby needs to thrive and grow.

Baby On the Move

Even before your baby was born, she was on the move. Much of her physical development before and after birth leads to her ultimate goals of standing and walking. From the earliest milestones to when she is finally walking, skipping, and jumping, a baby must learn many new skills along the way. This video will walk a parent through the developmental milestones that ultimately lead to their baby’s first steps. It will also offer helpful tips to create a safe environment for a baby’s exploration, and what to do if she comes to a bump in the road, in which their baby is not hitting those key milestones.

Getting Your Baby to Sleep

When baby don’t sleep, mama don’t sleep, either! It’s hard getting your baby to sleep long enough so you can get adequate sleep, too! It can turn any of us into “mombies,” you know, “mom-zombies”! Why do babies sleep for such short stretches of time, and when can you expect yours to sleep through the night? What is a normal sleep cycle, and what makes a baby a “good” sleeper? This video will answer these questions, help you through some common sleep challenges, and provide tips on how to get your baby into a sleep cycle you can both live and sleep with!

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!

Quality Child Care

Choosing child care that is right for you and your child can be difficult. This video covers the possible problems to look for, what types of care are available, and the questions that should be asked at a child care facility. Also covered are the following topics: defining what you want, family and friends, licensed family child care homes, licensed day-care facilities, locating a center, checking out facilities, centers you should stay away from. The information on this video is simple and easily accessible with a 7.2 Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level score. 

Understanding Your Infant

Probably one of the scariest things in life is bringing home your newborn for the first time and realizing, I DON’T COMPLETELY KNOW WHAT I’M DOING! Well, give yourself a big hug, ’cuz most parents feel the same way! After all, babies can’t really tell you what they need . . . or can they? In this video, we discuss how you can understand your baby’s needs and how they communicate, their personality, and how they learn and grow. We’ll also talk about how you can take great care of yourself and line up the support you need. 

0-3 Months: Infant Expectations

n the first three months, it may seem that all your baby does at first is eat, sleep, dirty her diaper, and repeat. But really, a lot of changes occur as your newborn discovers life outside the womb. They are developing physical strength, learning to communicate and interact with you, and taking in all the sights and sounds of their new world. And to top it off, they are hitting important milestones that start them on their way to growing up! In this video, we talk about what milestones are and the milestones your baby should be hitting by three months. 

3-6 Months: Infant Expectations

When your baby was born, the only sounds she made were contented coos and grunts when eating or loud wails when she needed you. But just six months later, your smart little baby is babbling newly discovered sounds like, “mmmm,” and vowels like “ah,” which, when strung together, will be music to your ears! And your excited squeals encourage her in just the right way. In this video, we talk about the development you’ll see in your baby in the three- to six-month range and how you can encourage and help your baby learn.

6-9 Months: Infant Expectations

“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” And just as Dr. Seuss suggests, your baby is discovering her mobility! She is beginning to move around on her own and interact with her family members and other familiar people in her life. Her brain is developing so quickly, and she is learning so much! In this video, we talk about your baby’s brain development and the milestones you’ll see her hitting by nine months! 

9-12 Months: Infant Expectations

It’s hard to believe your baby is getting ready to hit her first birthday! That’s epic! She has changed so much from when she was first born! Soon you’ll have a toddler to chase after! And with this comes a bit of independence that can create some insecurity for both you and your baby. In this video, we talk about those milestones your baby will hit by one year and the things you can do to help your child adjust to her newfound independence.

Dunstan Baby Language 1

overing the first three sounds and Priscilla’s story, this lesson will help your clients understand their baby and the cries and sounds they make. Included topics in this lesson are: Priscilla’s story; a welcome; “neh” means “feed me”; “owh” means “I’m tired”; “eh” means “burp me.” Dunstan Baby Language comes from Priscilla Dunstan, who was born with the unusual gift of a photographic memory for sounds. She could hear patterns in sounds no one else could hear. When her son, Tom, was born, she found a special use for her ability. This Dunstan Baby Language video teaches parents the five cries all newborns use to communicate their everyday needs. You’ll know when your baby is hungry, tired, needs burping, has gas, or is simply uncomfortable. You’ll settle your baby faster, resulting in a happier baby who sleeps longer and cries less. 

Dunstan Baby Language 2

In lesson two, you will hear from parents how learning to communicate with their baby has helped them understand their child. Dunstan Baby Language comes from Priscilla Dunstan, who was born with the unusual gift of a photographic memory for sounds. She could hear patterns in sounds no one else could hear. When her son, Tom, was born, she found a special use for her ability. The Dunstan Baby Language video teaches parents the five cries all newborns use to communicate their everyday needs. You’ll know when your baby is hungry, tired, needs burping, has gas, or is simply uncomfortable. You’ll settle your baby faster, resulting in a happier baby who sleeps longer and cries less. 

Dunstan Baby Language 3

In lesson three, you will learn what the sounds “eairh” and “heh” mean. Dunstan Baby Language comes from Priscilla Dunstan, who was born with the unusual gift of a photographic memory for sounds. She could hear patterns in sounds no one else could hear. When her son, Tom, was born, she found a special use for her ability. The Dunstan Baby Language video teaches parents the five cries all newborns use to communicate their everyday needs. You’ll know when your baby is hungry, tired, needs burping, has gas, or is simply uncomfortable. You’ll settle your baby faster, resulting in a happier baby who sleeps longer and cries less.

Teething Time

ost babies will develop teeth between six and twelve months of age. Teeth are an important part of a child’s health and development. In this lesson, you will learn the physical effects of teething. We will discuss teething and breastfeeding and the do’s and don’ts of soothing a child during this phase. 

Toddlers

Mommy Milestones

Milestones can be a little confusing and stressful. What do all the different developmental categories mean? How important is it to track your child’s milestones? What if your child isn’t accomplishing all the skills at the same pace as other children? 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.

12-15 Month Milestones

our busy toddler is quickly learning new skills in the areas of cognitive development, language and communication development, social and emotional development, and physical development. Every month brings exciting, new advancements in what he can do. These videos cover the milestones your child will be hitting between twelve and fifteen months, the abilities he will be acquiring as he moves toward independence, and when to call your medical provider if problems occur. 

15-18 Month Milestones

Your busy toddler is quickly learning new skills in the areas of cognitive development, language and communication development, social and emotional development, and physical development. Every month brings exciting, new advancements in what he can do. These videos cover the milestones your child will be hitting between fifteen and eighteen months, the abilities he will be acquiring as he moves toward independence, and when to call your medical provider if problems occur. 

18-24 Month Milestones

Your busy toddler is quickly learning new skills in the areas of cognitive development, language and communication development, social and emotional development, and physical development. Every month brings exciting, new advancements in what he can do. These videos cover the milestones your child will be hitting between eighteen and twenty-four months, the abilities he will be acquiring as he moves toward independence, and when to call your medical provider if problems occur.

24-36 Month Milestones

Your busy toddler is quickly learning new skills in the areas of cognitive development, language and communication development, social and emotional development, and physical development. Every month brings exciting, new advancements in what he can do. This video covers the milestones a child will be hitting between twenty-four and thirty-six months, the abilities he will be acquiring as he moves toward independence, and when to call your medical provider. 

Potty Training

This video shows the basics of potty training, including how to know when to start potty training; preparation for the big day; the “how to’s” of potty training; rewards and encouragement; dealing with disappointment; tips for boys; tips for girls. A 5.8 Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level score ensures information is easily understood. 

Tantrums

Nothing says membership to the Mommy Club more than watching another mom struggle through a tantrum with her toddler. Every parent will eventually experience meltdowns in their children as they move through toddlerhood. What really causes tantrums? What can you do to help your child through this stage? How do you stop them, or better yet, can you prevent them altogether? And is this a normal phase of life or just bad behavior? This video will answer these questions, as well as give parents tips on how to cope when the going gets tough.

Whining

Your toddler is so smart! As she grows and learns to talk, your toddler learns how to get what she wants! It’s an art. A finely honed skill. And she learns very quickly that nothing cuts to the core more than a well-placed, repetitious, whining demand. It wears you down until you’re screaming, “Uncle!” But if you give in, it will only get worse! In this video, we’ll look at what causes whining and what you can do to stop it!

Siblings

They grow up together, live life together, and share a mom and dad. Sometimes they fight like cats and dogs; sometimes they show incredible kindness and sacrifice. And sometimes they hit each other because they are bored! They are siblings. This video sheds light on the unique relationship siblings have as they grow up together and work on interpersonal relationships, effective communication, and teamwork that will prepare them for adulthood. The video will give tips on how to parent your sibling children to build strong bonds and how to manage sibling rivalry.

Sleeping, Bedtimes, Mornings

You put them to bed, and before you know it, they’re back up again. Hungry, thirsty, lonely, not tired . . . how can you keep them in bed? Toddlers don’t want to miss out on anything, and often naps and bedtimes become a clash of wills. You can lead a toddler to bed, but how do you make them stay there? How much sleep do they need, and how many naps should they take? What does a good sleep schedule look like, and how can you achieve it? This video answers these questions and offers solutions for some of the most common sleep challenges a toddler faces, so that everyone can get a blissful night’s rest! 

Bonding with your Toddler

Raising confident and happy kids is really hard work! And even though parents don’t always do everything right, at the core is the bond they forge with their children. It begins early in infancy and grows throughout their lives. But how do you do it? 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 this relationship. 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. 

Time With Toddler

The time you spend with your toddler is so important, and it is over so fast. Blink, and they’ll be in preschool! It may feel like you spend most of your time taking care of their needs, cleaning up their messes, and kissing their boo-boos. But the time you spend with them, even if you work outside the home, gives them exactly what they need! In this video, we talk about four important areas to develop in your parenting that will give you the most impact with the time you have. 

The Importance of Words

Your words are incredibly important to your child because you’re incredibly important to your child! Unfortunately, it’s hard to always say the right things. Words are powerful; they can build confidence and self-esteem, or in one heated moment, tear your child down. In this video, we’ll show you how you can grow your toddler through the power of your words, how to avoid saying the things that tear them down, and what to do when you mess up! 

I Can Do It Myself

Independent toddlers are sometimes talked about in a negative way. The truth, however, is that a spirit of independence is a good thing for them to have—but sometimes it comes out in difficult ways. In this video, we talk about how you can create a home that allows your toddler to develop the four important qualities they’ll need for independence. And we’ll talk about how you can nurture a spirit of independence in your child. 

Toddler Play

You may think it’s all just fun and games when you watch a toddler play. But really, many of the skills we need to be successful in life are learned in toddlerhood through play. Toddlers learn how to work with others, share, negotiate, and develop decision-making and problem-solving skills. Best of all, they learn how to learn! Are you thinking, What? Well, come along as we journey into the life of a toddler to discover how playing teaches them so much! 

Toddler Accidents

They hit the ground running and are into everything! Your busy, little toddler will be exploring, playing, and discovering so many new things. They will also discover gravity and many of the dangers that come from being human: bug bites, falls, bruises, cuts, and scrapes, just to name a few. Thankfully, toddlers heal well! This video looks at the many ways a toddler can get hurt and how your first-aid and loving hugs will save the day! 

Toddler Safety

Toddlers are busy little explorers with lots of energy! They are fun, but they are into everything! As parents, we cannot prevent every injury or mishap, but we can put some important preventive measures in place to help stop serious, life-changing accidents. In this video, we will look at ways you can keep your busy toddler safe and what to do in an emergency.

Toddler Illness

Your toddler is sick, and you’re worried! Maybe even a little disgusted! Ugh! Snotty noses, vomiting, or diarrhea everywhere—is it just a simple bug or something more? Do you go to the doctor now or wait? It’s challenging when our little ones are sick, and their bugs definitely take their toll on us all! In this video, we’ll look at the more common respiratory, digestive tract, and skin illnesses your toddler may contract, how to treat them, ways to help prevent illness, and when to call the doctor. 

Toddler Nutrition

Although toddlers share many things in common, they’re also each very unique. They know what they like and don’t like, which can also change from minute to minute. This is especially true when it comes to food. You want your toddler to get plenty of nutrition, but what do you do if they will only eat mac and cheese smothered in ketchup? Wouldn’t it be great if mealtimes were one area in which everyone could win? In this video, we’ll look at what your toddler needs nutritionally, how to teach them good eating habits early on, and how to call a truce and make mealtimes pleasant for everyone.

Toddler Oral Health

Your toddler has a mouthful of pretty white teeth. They can bite and chew and smile in a way that melts your heart. But how do you keep their teeth healthy, and it is even important to do so? After all, they are going to lose their baby teeth eventually. In this video, we will look at why your child’s oral health is important to their overall health, how to teach them good teeth-brushing habits, when to see the dentist, and what to do if your child has a dental problem.

Getting Your Child to Eat

Getting your child to eat can be a challenge. It’s hard enough to get a kid to eat vegetables, but what do you do if you struggle to get your child to eat almost anything? The key is to be consistent and reward their good behavior; this lesson helps you do that! Learn simple methods to move forward without falling into the healthy food guilt trap. Plus, hear from other moms about their struggles and how they overcame them. 

Parenting

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 1

Even though we were all children once, we forget how innocently and simply our kids see the world. What changes that? For many, it’s shame. Shame doesn’t leave marks; it doesn’t leave bruises; you don’t even know you have it. And yet, it shapes our lives and the lives of our children. But you can break the bonds of shame by learning what it looks like and how it affects a child. Raise confident kids who understand their value and worth and grow in yours too with Parenting Without Shame! 

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 2

Shame has a deep impact on our children’s lives. As they grow up, it becomes thick in their hearts and reflected in their relationships. It prevents them from learning healthy values and lessons and from developing empathy and care for others. In this lesson, learn about the effects of shame and how you can make impactful changes to model healthy behavior for your children in order to shape them rather than shame them.

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 3

Do you want to raise your child in shame? Prevent them from having healthy relationships as adults? No, you don’t! No parent wants this! But before you can break the cycle of shame and change how you parent, you need to evaluate your responses and reactions to your child’s behavior. Children watch everything we do, and what we do without realizing they’re watching is powerful! In this lesson, learn to recognize the shaming response or reaction, and then learn some great strategies for raising your child without shame.

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 4

What does a child need in order to grow into a healthy, happy, well-adjusted adult? Most parents know that you need to feed and give them water, shelter, and clothes. They also need time with others, language, learning, and exploration. But in order for them to grow into stable, self-confident, and compassionate people, they need to develop emotionally. How do you do this? In this lesson, learn the core emotions your child needs met, especially unconditional love, in order to develop into mature, healthy adults—and how you do it. 

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 5

Nurturing care of a child teaches them how to trust, be empathetic, and be compassionate when they get older. This is something all parents want for their children! But how do you do it and what does it mean to nurture? Learn the important elements of nurture and how this critical aspect of parenting without shame shapes your child in a positive way over time. 

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 6

Boundaries are those invisible barriers that we establish in relationships in order to protect what we value. They impact all areas of our lives. But boundaries don’t just happen, they have to be taught and internalized. Learn about the different types of boundaries, how to nurture them in your child, why they are important to their development and life, and how they impact your child’s wellbeing.

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 7

Our emotions are important and valuable to us. And being allowed to own our emotions and express them in a healthy way is one way we feel respected and valued. Children have BIG emotions and can go from excited to sobbing within seconds! Managing those big emotions is something they have to learn. But how do you teach this? Learn why emotional safety is important for kids and the six things you can do to develop that in your child. 

Parenting Without Shame Ch. 8

It’s the theme of songs, but it’s also important in raising children too. Learn how to discern between fear and respect, and how you can show respect to your child and earn it back. You will also learn why predictability is important to your child’s security, and how to achieve all of this in this final lesson in the Parenting Without Shame series. 

Creating Motivation

“I want it, and I want it now!” If you enticed your child with the reward of two marshmallows for waiting just fifteen minutes before eating the first one, would she do it? Does she have the self-discipline to delay gobbling one sugary treat right away in order to have two in the future? Self-discipline is hard for all of us, but it’s especially hard for our kids. So, how can you motivate your kids to hold off for a better reward? 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. 

Creating Honesty

We’ve all caught our kids in a lie or two. We’ve even told a few ourselves. Why do kids lie, and can you teach them to tell the truth? In this video, we talk about why people lie, how your reaction to your kids’ lies can, in fact, encourage them to lie, and what you can do to create an environment of honesty in your home to help your kids choose the truth over lies. 

Creating Courage

Your child dents your neighbor’s car when playing ball in the street. Do they tell you about it, or do they hide it and hope nobody finds out? We want our children to develop into courageous little people who will always do the right thing, even when they’re afraid. But how do you teach courage? Does it come from long lectures on the virtues of being courageous? Should they read about it in a book? Or can we look for everyday opportunities in their lives to teach our children about what it means to be courageous? This video gives tips on how to help your children triumph over their fears and become courageous. 

Creating Kindness

We want our kids to help old ladies cross the street, serve meals to the poor, and befriend lonely kids at school. But how can we teach them to be kind? Where does kindness come from? This video gives tips on finding those teachable moments in everyday life where we can guide our children to choose kindness, and how we can model this value from our own interactions with them to encourage their hearts.

Creating Confidence

What kind of superhero confidence does it take to carry your child through life? To give them supernatural power over their own actions or to defeat the villains of the schoolyard? In this video, we talk about the three things you can do to help create the superpower of confidence in your child! 

ADHD

Attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can make parenting a challenge, as if it wasn’t already! Whether your child experiences inattentiveness, hyperactivity, impulsiveness, or all three combined, you have your work cut out for you! In this video, we look at what’s true and what’s not about ADHD, four ways you can best support your child and bring peace into your home, and four ways to take great care of yourself while parenting a child with ADHD. 

Autism

Of all the different disorders a child can have, autism ranks as one of the toughest. There is a lot of confusion about it, but there are also many things we know today that can help a child live a happy and purposeful life. In this video, we’ll talk about what autism is, and we dispel few misconceptions about it. We’ll look at the behaviors that could be a red flag for autism in your child. We’ll also talk about how to get the help and support both you and your child need, and the best ways to relate to a child living with autism. 

Strong-Willed Children

Do you have a child who is a force to be reckoned with? Who won’t take no for answer, won’t be reasoned with, and won’t do anything they don’t want to do? If so, then you likely have a strong-willed child. Is this good? Is it bad? Can they be taught to comply and cooperate? We’ll talk about these issues and how you can guide your child into becoming the great leader they are destined to be. 

Child Anger

They get so mad! And sometimes we just don’t know why! You expect meltdowns from toddlers, who are just trying to figure out their big feelings. But what about your school-age child? Is her anger normal, or is there something more going on? Are there other intense feelings your child is struggling with? In this video, we talk about what anger can mean, and we’ll give you some great strategies for helping your child understand and manage their big feelings in healthy ways. 

Sexual Behavior and Children

Sexual behavior and kids rank high on the parent meter for uncomfortable topics. What are normal, developmental sexual behaviors in a child, and what things should you be concerned about? In this video, we talk about the common sexual behaviors in childhood, from preschool children up to twelve-year-old kids, how you should respond to them, and your important role in shaping your child’s healthy attitudes and behaviors toward sex.

Monday: Wake Up to Reality

In the introduction to the “Have a New Kid by Friday” series, Dr. Kevin Leman teaches parents how to break free from the parenting trap by teaching and “training” your kids from an early age to set them on a good path and guide them to accomplish great things. This session focuses on parents and the parenting style that is used in each home. By taking some positive action and changing things around your home, you can become a better parent. 

Tuesday: Caution: Children Growing Up Here

This, the second segment in the “Have A New Kid by Friday” series, focuses on the needs of the kids that parents should be meeting. The video covers the “Big 8” things that children need from a parent and how parents can help them grow and stay close to them as they traverse through life. Among these you’ll also learn how to acknowledge things such as their priorities, passions, pressures, etc., and help them work on them.

Wednesday: Staying Connected to Be Respected

The third installment in the series talks about how staying connected to your child can help her respect you and make her feel like she is accepted instead of rejected. Asking her opinions and preferences and allowing her to have a say in things can make a world of a difference. Throughout this video, you’ll learn various ways to have a respectful relationship with your child while also strengthening your bond with her. 

Thursday: Check Your Attitude at the Door

Segment number four is all about attitude. Dr. Kevin Leman discusses why kids do or don’t misbehave and act out. He gives you an action plan on what things to look out for and do to help your child with her attitude. He also makes sure that you yourself are checking your own attitude at the door. Adult misbehavior influences children’s misbehavior, so keeping your own attitude in check helps your child’s attitude, as well.

Friday: The Amazing Race for Self-Esteem

In this, the last part of the “Have a New Kid by Friday” series, Dr. Kevin Leman brings out three different ABCs for self-esteem. Tips on how to make your child feel welcome and have a sense of belonging in your household are given. The way you parent is critical because you matter a great deal in your child’s world.

Funday: Leman Secrets for Enjoying the Journey

Dr. Kevin Leman shares his tips on how you can make every day a “funday” with your kids.

Single Parenting During Deployment

Trying to navigate as a single parent can be difficult in any circumstances, but having a spouse deployed brings unique challenges along with some benefits. This video will help parents prepare for the complications that deployment may bring, and it will look at specific ways to help you and your children to emotionally, mentally, and physically thrive while your service member is away. Having a deployed spouse can bring about frustrating times, but it doesn’t have to! T

Reunited Parents: Family Unity On Return

A spouse’s homecoming is an exciting time! It can also be a time of apprehension, elation, restlessness, and many other feelings. Reintegration after living separately for an extended time can create an incredibly stressful circumstance for both parents and children. The reconnection process after deployment can be difficult, and any changes may be challenging to adapt to. In this video, we will look at positive ways to help you and your children reconnect with your spouse, as well as provide support on parenting together during reunification.

Value Packed Parenting: The 10 Best Gifts You'll Ever Give Your Kids

It’s Never Too Late to Become a Better Parent. DR. KEVIN LEMAN is an internationally known Christian psychologist, bestselling author, speaker, and media personality. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, including Focus On The Family, Midday Connection, Open Line, Oprah, Live With Regis, The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Families, and Parent Talk. 

Value Packed Parenting: How to Listen so Kids Will Talk & How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

Staying Tuned In So They Don’t Tune You Out. DR. KEVIN LEMAN is an internationally known Christian psychologist, bestselling author, speaker, and media personality. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, including Focus On The Family, Midday Connection, Open Line, Oprah, Live With Regis, The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Families, and Parent Talk. 

Value Packed Parenting: Discipline Isn't Spelled P-U-N-I-S-H-M-E-N-T

Why Teaching and Learning Are Better Than Punishment and Penalties. DR. KEVIN LEMAN is an internationally known Christian psychologist, bestselling author, speaker, and media personality. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, such as Focus On The Family, Midday Connection, Open Line, Oprah, Live With Regis, The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Families, and Parent Talk. 

Value Packed Parenting: 10 Ways to Improve Your Child's Self-Confidence

A Step-by-Step Plan That Works Wonders! DR. KEVIN LEMAN is an internationally known Christian psychologist, bestselling author, speaker, and media personality. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, including Focus On The Family, Midday Connection, Open Line, Oprah, Live With Regis, The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Families, and Parent Talk. 

Value Packed Parenting: Caution: Anger Ahead

Observing the Warning Signs Before Tempers Flare. DR. KEVIN LEMAN is an internationally known Christian psychologist, bestselling author, speaker, and media personality. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows such as Focus On The Family, Midday Connection, Open Line, Oprah, Live With Regis, The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Families, and Parent Talk. 

Value Packed Parenting: Birth Order and What You Need to Know About It

Recognize Your Children’s Differences and Turn Them into Advantages. DR. KEVIN LEMAN is an internationally known Christian psychologist, bestselling author, speaker, and media personality. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, including Focus On The Family, Midday Connection, Open Line, Oprah, Live With Regis, The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Families, and Parent Talk. 

Value Packed Parenting: Standing Up to the New Goliath (Technology)

Helping Kids Overcome the Negative Influence of the Internet, the Media and Technology. DR. KEVIN LEMAN is an internationally known Christian psychologist, bestselling author, speaker, and media personality. He has been a guest on many TV and radio shows, including Focus On The Family, Midday Connection, Open Line, Oprah, Live With Regis, The Early Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Real Families, and Parent Talk. 

Co-Parenting

When you dreamed of being a parent, you likely never thought you’d be raising your child between two homes. But even in a split-up, your children need both of you to be there for them, 100 percent! Successful coparenting takes work, strategy, and making the decision to put your children first. We’ll show you how to do that so your kids can have the best chance at life! 

Co-Parenting

There is Hope! (Single Father, Lsn. 1)

Meet the cofounder 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 challenges of redefining his family. Ron Deal is the director of FamilyLife Blended and an author, speaker, and therapist. Ron offers wisdom and insight in meeting the difficult challenges of coparenting while providing clear direction for becoming healthy coparents. Understanding what is parental instead of personal will help coparents find a new pathway to communicate. 

There is Hope! (Single Mother, Lsn. 1)

Meet the founder of CoParenting International, Tammy Daughtry, who has been a coparent since 2001. Learn what coparenting is, what it is not, and what it might be with regard to its impact on children. Explore the question, “Divorce hurts—will our children be alright?” Raised by a single mother, Greg Garrett is the emcee of the One Heart, Two Homes resource. Having grown up in a divorced home since the age of four, Greg now shares the lessons he learned that helped him grow up whole despite coming from a broken home. Ron Deal is the director of FamilyLife Blended and an author, speaker, and therapist. Ron offers wisdom and insight in meeting the difficult challenges of coparenting while providing clear direction for becoming healthy coparents. Understanding what is parental instead of personal will help coparents find a new pathway to communicate.

There is Hope! (Stepfather, Lsn. 1)

Meet the founder of CoParenting International, Tammy Daughtry, who has been a coparent since 2001. Learn what coparenting is, what it is not, and what it might be with regard to its impact on children. Explore the question, “Divorce hurts—will our children be alright?” Meet the cofounder 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 redefining his family. Raised by a single mother, Greg Garrett is the emcee of the One Heart, Two Homes resource. Having grown up in a divorced home since the age of four, Greg shares the lessons he learned that helped him grow up whole despite coming from a broken home. Ron Deal is the director of FamilyLife Blended and an author, speaker, and therapist. Ron offers wisdom and insight in meeting the difficult challenges of coparenting while providing clear direction for becoming healthy coparents. Understanding what is parental instead of personal will help coparents find a new pathway to communicate. 

There is Hope! (Stepmother, Lsn. 1)

Meet the founder of CoParenting International, Tammy Daughtry, who has been a coparent since 2001. Learn what coparenting is, what it is not, and what it might be with regard to its impact on children. Explore the question, “Divorce hurts—will our children be alright?” Meet the cofounder 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 redefining his family. Raised by a single mother, Greg Garrett is the emcee of the One Heart, Two Homes resource. Having grown up in a divorced home since the age of four, Greg shares the lessons he learned that helped him grow up whole despite coming from a broken home. Ron Deal is the director of FamilyLife Blended and an author, speaker, and therapist. Ron offers wisdom and insight in meeting the difficult challenges of coparenting while providing clear direction for becoming healthy coparents. Understanding what is parental instead of personal will help coparents find a new pathway to communicate. 

Stable Parent, Stable Home (Single Father, Lsn. 2)

What about the first two years after divorce? Learn the good news about post-divorce adjustment and how parents can get to a healthy place in their journeys. Former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp offers advice on dealing with “the blitz” of divorce. Explore how to build your child’s self-esteem. Hear from adult children of divorce and real-life coparents as they explain the power of positive words and how they shaped their post-divorce world. Single dads are great dads! Find out how to unleash the power of fathering and develop and maintain a connection with your children. There’s nobody better at being your child’s father than you! 

Stable Parent, Stable Home (Single Mother, Lsn. 2)

What about the first two years after divorce? Learn the good news about post-divorce adjustment and how parents can get to a healthy place in their journeys. Former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp offers advice on dealing with “the blitz” of divorce. Explore how to build your child’s self-esteem. Hear from adult children of divorce and real-life coparents as they explain the power of positive words and how they shaped their post-divorce world. Being creative and finding new routines will help you become the very best single mom you can be! Find help in harnessing the power of one parent to shape a hopeful future for your children. 

Stable Parent, Stable Home (Stepfather, Lsn. 2)

What about the first two years after divorce? Learn the good news about post-divorce adjustment and how parents can get to a healthy place in their journeys. Former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp offers advice on dealing with “the blitz” of divorce. Explore how to build your child’s self-esteem. Hear from adult children of divorce and real-life coparents as they explain the power of positive words and how they shaped their post-divorce world. 

Stable Parent, Stable Home (Stepmother, Lsn. 2)

What about the first two years after divorce? Learn the good news about post-divorce adjustment and how parents can get to a healthy place in their journeys. Former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp offers advice on dealing with “the blitz” of divorce. Explore how to build your child’s self-esteem. Hear from adult children of divorce and real-life coparents as they explain the power of positive words and how they shaped their post-divorce world.

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 coparenting relationship, understanding healthy boundaries, and knowing how each category affects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience. This tool will help you assess where you are in your coparenting relationship currently. Most importantly, this tool will help you understand how your children are impacted by your coparenting choices. Language matters. How each parent talks about the other parent’s residence can either be painful and confusing to kids or it can be neutral and even positive. Learning to use words that foster a sense of “belonging” in the hearts of the children will give them the freedom to feel at home in both places. T

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 coparenting relationship, understanding healthy boundaries, and knowing how each category affects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience. This tool will help you assess where you are in your coparenting relationship currently. Most importantly, this tool will help you understand how your children are impacted by your coparenting choices. Language matters. How each parent talks about the other parent’s residence can either be painful and confusing to kids or it can be neutral and even positive. Learning to use words that foster a sense of “belonging” in the hearts of the children will give them the freedom to feel at home in both places.

Co-parent Communication (Stepfather, 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 affects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience. This tool will help you assess where you are in your co-parenting relationship currently. Most importantly, this tool will help you understand how your children are impacted by your co-parenting choices. Language matters. How each parent talks about the other parent’s residence can either be painful and confusing to kids or it can be neutral and even positive. Learning to use words that foster a sense of “belonging” in the hearts of the children will give them the freedom to feel at home in both places. 

Co-parent Communication (Stepmother, Lsn. 3)

Knowing where we are and where we want to go helps us plan for the journey. Defining your coparenting relationship, understanding healthy boundaries, and knowing how each category affects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience. This tool will help you assess where you are in your coparenting relationship currently. Most importantly, this tool will help you understand how your children are impacted by your coparenting choices. Language matters. How each parent talks about the other parent’s residence can either be painful and confusing to kids or it can be neutral and even positive. Learning to use words that foster a sense of “belonging” in the hearts of the children will give them the freedom to feel at home in both places. 

Meetings & Handoffs (Single Father, Lsn. 4)

A well-planned coparenting meeting can be the foundation for healthy communication and provide freedom through compartmentalizing the process of raising kids in two homes. Everything from suggested topics to tone of voice are addressed in this thorough examination of meetings with your child’s other parent. One of the most frequent experiences in coparenting is how mom and dad do transitions between homes. Handling the handoff in an intentional and positive way will protect children from the possible “flashpoint” these moments can become. This creative vignette is set to music and represents the internal pain children can experience when their parents are in conflict. 

Meetings & Handoffs (Single Mother, Lsn. 4)

A well-planned coparenting meeting can be the foundation for healthy communication and provide freedom through compartmentalizing the process of raising kids in two homes. Everything from suggested topics to tone of voice are addressed in this thorough examination of meetings with your child’s other parent. One of the most frequent experiences in coparenting is how mom and dad do transitions between homes. Handling the handoff in an intentional and positive way will protect children from the possible “flashpoint” these moments can become. This creative vignette is set to music and represents the internal pain children can experience when their parents are in conflict.

Meetings & Handoffs (Stepfather, Lsn. 4)

A well-planned coparenting meeting can be the foundation for healthy communication and provide freedom through compartmentalizing the process of raising kids in two homes. Everything from suggested topics to tone of voice are addressed in this thorough examination of meetings with your child’s other parent. One of the most frequent experiences in coparenting is how mom and dad do transitions between homes. Handling the hand off in an intentional and positive way will protect children from the possible “flashpoint” these moments can become. This creative vignette is set to music and represents the internal pain children can experience when their parents are in conflict. 

Meetings & Handoffs (Stepmother, Lsn. 4)

A well-planned coparenting meeting can be the foundation for healthy communication and provide freedom through compartmentalizing the process of raising kids in two homes. Everything from suggested topics to tone of voice are addressed in this thorough examination of meetings with your child’s other parent. One of the most frequent experiences in coparenting is how mom and dad do transitions between homes. Handling the hand off in an intentional and positive way will protect children from the possible “flashpoint” these moments can become. This creative vignette is set to music and represents the internal pain children can experience when their parents are in conflict.

Risks for Children after Divorce (Single Father, Lsn. 5)

Parental and economic loss are two risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes for children. Understanding these risks will help parents be intentional in counteracting them with protective behaviors and decisions. What is parental competence, and what brings the greatest stress for kids after divorce? Explore the importance of being an engaged and on-purpose parent who is well-informed about the benefits of minimizing the influence of these negative factors on children. You can lead the way for your children in healthy post-divorce adjustment with the help of these insights and ideas. Interparental conflict is one of the most significant factors for determining risk for kids after divorce. Learn how to mitigate this risk, keep kids out of the war, and move beyond the hurt and anger of divorce through healthy coparenting practices.

Risks for Children after Divorce (Single Mother, Lsn. 5)

Parental and economic loss are two risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes for children. Understanding these risks will help parents be intentional in counteracting them with protective behaviors and decisions. What is parental competence, and what brings the greatest stress for kids after divorce? Explore the importance of being an engaged and on-purpose parent who is well informed about the benefits of minimizing the influence of these negative factors on children. You can lead the way for your children in healthy post-divorce adjustment with the help of these insights and ideas. Interparental conflict is one of the most significant factors for determining risk for kids after divorce. Learn how to mitigate this risk, keep kids out of the war, and move beyond the hurt and anger of divorce through healthy coparenting practices. 

Risks for Children after Divorce (Stepfather, Lsn. 5)

Parental and economic loss are two risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes for children. Understanding these risks will help parents be intentional in counteracting them with protective behaviors and decisions. What is parental competence, and what brings the greatest stress for kids after divorce? Explore the importance of being an engaged and on-purpose parent who is well informed about the benefits of minimizing the influence of these negative factors on children. You can lead the way for your children in healthy post-divorce adjustment with the help of these insights and ideas. Interparental conflict is one of the most significant factors for determining risk for kids after divorce. Learn how to mitigate this risk, keep kids out of the war, and move beyond the hurt and anger of divorce through healthy coparenting practices. 

Risks for Children after Divorce (Stepmother, Lsn. 5)

Parental and economic loss are two risk factors that can lead to negative outcomes for children. Understanding these risks will help parents be intentional in counteracting them with protective behaviors and decisions. What is parental competence, and what brings the greatest stress for kids after divorce? Explore the importance of being an engaged and on-purpose parent who is well informed about the benefits of minimizing the influence of these negative factors on children. You can lead the way for your children in healthy post-divorce adjustment with the help of these insights and ideas. Interparental conflict is one of the most significant factors for determining risk for kids after divorce. Learn how to mitigate this risk, keep kids out of the war and move beyond the hurt and anger of divorce through healthy coparenting practices. 

Holidays, Special Occasions & School (Single Father, Lsn. 6)

Finding ways to make the holidays and special events about your kids’ experience and not about the schedule is challenging, but possible. Practical advice and creative alternatives are suggested to help ease the stress for everyone. Kids don’t have a big enough voice to speak up when they are hurting. A school counselor gives us insights regarding the challenges, troubles, and concerns children face after divorce in the context of school. What do kids think about growing up in a divided family? Here are some of the greatest concerns, challenges, and authentic responses to “What do you wish you could say to your parents?” 

Holidays, Special Occasions & School (Single Mother, Lsn. 6)

Finding ways to make the holidays and special events about your kids’ experience and not about the schedule is challenging, but possible. Practical advice and creative alternatives are suggested to help ease the stress for everyone. Kids don’t have a big enough voice to speak up when they are hurting. A school counselor gives us insights regarding the challenges, troubles, and concerns that children face after divorce in the context of school. What do kids think about growing up in a divided family? Here are some of the greatest concerns, challenges, and authentic responses to “What do you wish you could say to your parents?” 

Holidays, Special Occasions & School (Stepfather, Lsn. 6)

Finding ways to make the holidays and special events about your kids’ experience and not about the schedule is challenging, but possible. Practical advice and creative alternatives are suggested to help ease the stress for everyone. Kids don’t have a big enough voice to speak up when they are hurting. A school counselor gives us insights regarding the challenges, troubles, and concerns that children face after divorce in the context of school. What do kids think about growing up in a divided family? Here are some of the greatest concerns, challenges, and authentic responses to “What do you wish you could say to your parents?” 

Holidays, Special Occasions & School (Stepmother, Lsn. 6)

Finding ways to make the holidays and special events about your kids’ experience and not about the schedule is challenging, but possible. Practical advice and creative alternatives are suggested to help ease the stress for everyone. Kids don’t have a big enough voice to speak up when they are hurting. A school counselor gives us insights regarding the challenges, troubles, and concerns that children face after divorce in the context of school. What do kids think about growing up in a divided family? Here are some of the greatest concerns, challenges, and authentic responses to “What do you wish you could say to your parents?” 

Critical Issues (Single Father, Lsn. 7)

Whether single parenting, coparenting, or parenting in a new, blended family, finances are always an important “hot topic” to be discussed and processed between parents. Money is emotional, but these commonsense tips will help keep your finances on track. Family therapist and child specialist Rebecca K. Griffith helps us understand the emotional needs of children through all their ages and stages of development in post-divorce life. She also explains how to tell the children about the decision to divorce. 

Critical Issues (Single Mother, Lsn. 7)

Whether single parenting, coparenting, or parenting in a new, blended family, finances are always an important “hot topic” to be discussed and processed between parents. Money is emotional, but these commonsense tips will help keep your finances on track. Family therapist and child specialist Rebecca K. Griffith helps us understand the emotional needs of children through all their ages and stages of development in post-divorce life. She also explains how to tell the children about the decision to divorce. 

Critical Issues (Stepfather, Lsn. 7)

Whether single parenting, coparenting, or parenting in a new, blended family, finances are always an important “hot topic” to be discussed and processed between parents. Money is emotional, but these commonsense tips will help keep your finances on track. Family therapist and child specialist Rebecca K. Griffith helps us understand the emotional needs of children through all their ages and stages of development in post-divorce life. She also explains how to tell the children about the decision to divorce. 

Critical Issues (Stepmother, Lsn. 7)

Whether single parenting, coparenting, or parenting in a new, blended family, finances are always an important “hot topic” to be discussed and processed between parents. Money is emotional, but these commonsense tips will help keep your finances on track. Family therapist and child specialist Rebecca K. Griffith helps us understand the emotional needs of children through all their ages and stages of development in post-divorce life. She also explains how to tell the children about the decision to divorce. 

Abuse, Addiction & Abandonment (Single Father, Lsn. 8)

The first step in preventing abuse is knowing what it looks like. Amy Alexander, LMFT and cofounder of the Refuge Center for Counseling, offers her wisdom and experience in dealing with the issues of emotional abuse in relationships and how to navigate the coparenting pathway safely. Counselor Noah Zapf walks us through the process of understanding addiction and the risks it poses for children of addicts. His extensive experience allows him to provide keen insights and practical action points to help you deal with an addicted coparent. What if your children have been abandoned by their other parent? One parent can be enough when using the power of positive role models and mentors to fill in the gaps. 

Abuse, Addiction & Abandonment (Single Mother, Lsn. 8)

The first step in preventing abuse is knowing what it looks like. Amy Alexander, LMFT and cofounder of the Refuge Center for Counseling, offers her wisdom and experience in dealing with the issues of emotional abuse in relationships and how to navigate the coparenting pathway safely.Counselor Noah Zapf walks us through the process of understanding addiction and the risks it poses for children of addicts. His extensive experience allows him to provide keen insights and practical action points to help you deal with an addicted coparent. What if my children have been abandoned by their other parent? One parent can be enough when using the power of positive role models and mentors to fill in the gaps. 

Abuse, Addiction & Abandonment (Stepfather, Lsn. 8)

The first step in preventing abuse is knowing what it looks like. Amy Alexander, LMFT and cofounder of the Refuge Center for Counseling, offers her wisdom and experience in dealing with the issues of emotional abuse in relationships and how to navigate the coparenting pathway safely. Counselor Noah Zapf walks us through the process of understanding addiction and the risks it poses for children of addicts. His extensive experience allows him to provide keen insights and practical action points to help you deal with an addicted coparent. 

Abuse, Addiction & Abandonment (Stepmother, Lsn. 8)

The first step in preventing abuse is knowing what it looks like. Amy Alexander, LMFT and cofounder of the Refuge Center for Counseling, offers her wisdom and experience in dealing with the issues of emotional abuse in relationships and how to navigate the coparenting pathway safely. Counselor Noah Zapf walks us through the process of understanding addiction and the risks it poses for children of addicts. His extensive experience allows him to provide keen insights and practical action points to help you deal with an addicted coparent.

Dating & Remarriage (Single Father, Lsn. 9)

 Andy Dunn helps us understand the difference in being a single parent or being a single coparent. That makes all the difference in the world as we explore how and when to introduce dating partners to the children. 

Dating & Remarriage (Single Mother, Lsn. 9)

Andy Dunn helps us understand the difference in being a single parent or being a single coparent. That makes all the difference in the world as we explore how and when to introduce dating partners to the children. 

Dating & Remarriage (Stepfather, Lsn. 9)

Dunn helps us understand the difference in being a single parent or being a single coparent. That makes all the difference in the world as we explore how and when to introduce dating partners to the children. Becoming a new stepdad can be awkward, but it can be done well—it is a gift to yourself, your new spouse, and especially to the children. This lesson includes a checklist of advice for stepdads just getting started.

Dating & Remarriage (Stepmother, Lsn. 9)

Dunn helps us understand the difference in being a single parent or being a single coparent. That makes all the difference in the world as we explore how and when to introduce dating partners to the children. Twenty-three-year veteran stepmom Jillian Chambers shares a wealth of knowledge from her real-life experience. Understanding the unique dynamics of stepfamily relationships will help you avoid many of the common pitfalls of stepparenting. 

Beyond Child Support (Single Father, Lsn. 10)

Coparenting is not over when the child support ends. Hear from the hearts of these adult children of divorce and learn from their recollections and reflections of the mundane and the significant moments of life. Explore the topics of divorce and its impact on college, coming home for the first time, and navigating summer breaks and holidays once kids become young adults. In addition, a young adult watching a parents’ marriage unravel produces many deep and significant questions. Dr. Chris Gonzalez discusses some of those questions from a clinical and personal perspective. What can we learn from twenty-four years of coparenting? Long-term, real-life coparents speak to the mindset that helped them develop and maintain a healthy, functional coparenting relationship for the long term. Weddings and grandchildren are just a few of the things to be enjoyed in a lifelong coparenting relationship. 

Beyond Child Support (Single Mother, Lsn. 10)

Coparenting is not over when the child support ends. Hear from the hearts of these adult children of divorce and learn from their recollections and reflections of the mundane and the significant moments of life. Explore the topics of divorce and its impact on college, coming home for the first time, and navigating summer breaks and holidays once kids become young adults. In addition, a young adult watching a parents’ marriage unravel produces many deep and significant questions. Dr. Chris Gonzalez discusses some of those questions from a clinical and personal perspective. What can we learn from twenty-four years of coparenting? Long-term, real-life coparents speak to the mindset that helped them develop and maintain a healthy, functional coparenting relationship for the long term. Weddings and grandchildren are just a few of the things to be enjoyed in a lifelong coparenting relationship. 

Beyond Child Support (Stepfather, Lsn. 10)

Coparenting is not over when the child support ends. Hear from the hearts of these adult children of divorce and learn from their recollections and reflections of the mundane and the significant moments of life. Explore the topics of divorce and its impact on college, coming home for the first time, and navigating summer breaks and holidays once kids become young adults. In addition, a young adult watching a parents’ marriage unravel produces many deep and significant questions. Dr. Chris Gonzalez discusses some of those questions from a clinical and personal perspective. What can we learn from twenty-four years of coparenting? Long-term, real-life coparents speak to the mindset that helped them develop and maintain a healthy, functional coparenting relationship for the long term. Weddings and grandchildren are just a few of the things to be enjoyed in a lifelong coparenting relationship. 

Beyond Child Support (Stepmother, Lsn. 10)

Coparenting is not over when the child support ends. Hear from the hearts of these adult children of divorce and learn from their recollections and reflections of the mundane and the significant moments of life. Explore the topics of divorce and its impact on college, coming home for the first time, and navigating summer breaks and holidays once kids become young adults. In addition, a young adult watching a parents’ marriage unravel produces many deep and significant questions. Dr. Chris Gonzalez discusses some of those questions from a clinical and personal perspective. What can we learn from twenty-four years of coparenting? Long-term, real-life coparents speak to the mindset that helped them develop and maintain a healthy, functional coparenting relationship for the long term. Weddings and grandchildren are just a few of the things to be enjoyed in a lifelong coparenting relationship. 

Life Skills

Taking Care of Your Hygiene

Showering, washing your hair, brushing your teeth, and more. It all seems so simple, doesn’t it? But there are many reasons why a person doesn’t always do these basic things. However, there are even more great reasons why you should, including maintaining good health. In this video, we talk about why good hygiene is important, how to maintain it, and what to do if you struggle with life circumstances that make it difficult. 

Screen Time and You

Phones, tablets, and gaming consoles. Social media, chats, texts, and apps for everything! Life has never been more efficient, fun, and . . . distracting. Is technology improving our lives, or is it taking us down a slippery slope? In this video, we talk about what the real problem is and how to enjoy your screen time while taking care of the most important things in life. It doesn’t have to be “game over,” man!

Depression and Suicide

Depression is more than just feeling down occasionally. It’s more intense, and it lasts longer. Nearly one in twelve Americans over the age of twenty suffers from depression, and women are twice as likely as men to become depressed. Left untreated, depression can lead to suicide. In this video, we talk about what depression is, how to know if you’re experiencing it, the warning signs of suicide, and how to get help and manage your depression. 

Home Health

Who loves to clean and manage a home? Not me! And likely not you, either. But it’s important. Keeping your home clean and organized doesn’t have to be a monumental task, unless you make it one. In this video, we’ll give several habit-forming housekeeping tips to help you easily maintain your home and have time left over for the other more fun things in your life. Don’t be buried under your mountain of mess. Plant a flag in it and call it conquered! 

Anger Management

Everyone gets angry once in a while. It’s a normal emotion for when we feel attacked, threatened, or shamed. Anger causes us to fight or run. When it gets out of control, it can hurt others and damage relationships. But we have the ability to manage and control this intense emotion. In this video, we talk about understanding the triggers to your anger and how to handle them in a positive way. 

Fighting The Impulse to Spend

Ever feel like you can’t let another day go by without buying those sparkly Jimmy Choos to adorn your feet? Or maybe you can’t get through the checkout line without grabbing one of the snacks placed right at your eye level. Or when you feel like life is dealing you a load of stress and problems, 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 our hard-earned cash before it even hits our bank accounts. You will learn tips to keep from being manipulated at the checkout line and how not to become a victim in the retail marketing wars. Yes, you can fight the impulse to spend! This video coincides with Life Skills Module L2, and it covers the basics of money management when a client is working on becoming an independent individual. 

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 your bills 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 to do 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 worst 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 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 another tool being used to separate you from your hard-earned cash and derail your financial goals!

Financial Emergencies

Just when everything is going well, and you seem to have your finances in order–bam! Disaster hits! It may rain inside your house instead of outside. A pipe may burst, giving you the indoor pool you never wanted. Your fine ride loses its glide. In the financial biz, we call this Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time!” But did you know that you can Murphy-proof your life against financial emergencies? This video looks at how to plan for such emergencies and what a financial emergency really is. For example, are bald tires really an emergency or just the result of poor planning?

Budgeting 101

Stay out of debt. Save for the future. Plan your big purchases. Live within your means. All great ideas, but how can you practice them in reality? After all, you have monthly expenses, semiannual and annual expenses, and unforeseen expenses along the way. How can you plan for all this within a fixed monthly income? The answer is by using a budget. In this video, we will look at how to make and maintain a simple budget and plan for most of your expenses so you can avoid those unpleasant financial surprises at the end of the month. 

Credit Scores, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

What exactly is a credit score anyway? What’s it for, and why do I have to worry about it? Is it even important if I don’t plan on buying a house? This video explains what a credit score is, how to maintain a good credit score, and why it might be important, even if you aren’t yet planning to buy a house. 

Buying a Car

There are two ways to buy a car: the smart way and the not-so-smart way. The smart way can net you a car that meets your needs. The not-so-smart way can drive you into a load of debt and expenses you might not be able to afford. In this video, we will look at how to buy a car, distinguish between needs and wants, and how to avoid being taken for a ride. 

Career or Job? Planning for More

When you close your eyes and dream, what do you see yourself doing to provide for your family? The first step to achieving your career goals is looking forward to where you want to be. The next is listing the steps it will take to get there. In this video, we will unpack what it takes to get the future you want, how to divide up the steps to get there, and where to start. 

Staying out of Debt

You’ve worked hard to get there, and now you’re finally out of debt. Does life now just go on as usual? Or do you need a plan to stay out of debt? In this video, we’ll look at the behaviors and habits it takes to stay out of debt and spend purposefully.

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. 

Helping Children Process Change

Change is difficult for children. They may not show it immediately, but inside they are trying to protect themselves from the hurt that too much change can bring. This video will help you talk through these hard issues with your children. Helping them sort through and understand their confusing feelings goes a long way. In this video, you can learn to go further as you help them to process their emotions and to make healthy choices on how they express them. Give your child the tools she needs to understand what she is feeling and to work through those emotions to acceptance.

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, including 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! 

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 encouraging them to maintain current relationships? How can you get them excited for living in 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 to, and encourage their children through a difficult transition. It will also prepare parents with a plan of action for getting involved, connecting with new people, and thriving in a new area. 

What Is a Family

A family is who we do life with. Most of the time they have our backs. They are there in the good times and the bad, in the times of our deepest pain and greatest joy. But a family represents more than just parents and children. For your children, family represents a lifelong relationship, a shared history, and a place to which they can return. 

Successful Family Living

Family is our most precious gift. Families are not perfect. Families are made up of 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. 

Preparing for a Job - The Hard Truth

We all want that perfect job that pays the bills and provides for our families. One that we can love going to each day. But how can you find it? The answer might surprise you, but the place to start first is with you. In this video, we help you take a closer look at yourself—the type of person you are, your habits, your personality, and your motivation—to help you determine the kind of employee you’ll be; the type of job in which you’ll do well; and the “why” that will get you up and off to work day after day. Your everyday habits, likes, dislikes, and personality all factor into the type of job that’s best for you. Here’s how you can learn more about yourself and narrow down your job search to best support yourself and your family. 

Finding a Job

Ugh! Finding a job is soooo hard! It’s one of those things we don’t love but we have to do. So, where do you start? How do you find the good jobs out there, let alone the great ones? In this video, we will talk about what to look for, where to search, and how to apply for great jobs. We’ll even talk about the things you can do first to make yourself more successful. And then, what you can do to better your chances of getting hired. Searching for a job can become very discouraging, very fast. Finding the right fit and becoming successful—it’s something everyone wants! But how can you do it? Here’s how you can learn to better your chances of being hired and land that job you’ve been after for so long!

Preparing for the Interview

You did it! You’ve applied for a job! And now you’re waiting to hear back for an interview. But what is the interview? Is it just a formality? What kinds of questions will you be asked? And are you allowed to ask questions, too? It’s a lot to think about. In this video, we will discuss what you can do to prepare for your interview, including some things you can take care of beforehand, so that you have the best chance at landing that job! Before you go in for an interview, there are many different things you need to prepare for! Here’s how you can prepare yourself for almost any question or situation in your interview and land the job you have been hoping for! 

At the Interview

You’ve done your homework, practiced the questions, and you have the perfect interview outfit on. You are ready to head out to your interview. But all the preparation in the world won’t help you sell yourself if you don’t follow a few easy guidelines while at the interview. In this video, we talk about when to arrive and what to do when you do arrive, what manners and etiquette you should use, what is and isn’t appropriate, and some tips on answering questions. We also talk about why it’s important for you to ask questions, as well, and what you should do after the interview. Do these things, and you will be more relaxed at the interview and stand out as a strong candidate to your potential future employer. It’s time for your interview! After all your preparation and hard work, now is your chance to prove you have what it takes to your potential employer! Even still, here are a few tips on etiquette, how to answer questions, how to dress, and more helpful advice to help you make a good impression!

Success at Work

You’ve done the hard work of finding a good job! Congratulations! That means you stood out as an applicant. But getting the job is just half the battle. Now you not only need to keep it, but you also need to be a great employee, too. What does this mean? In this video, we talk about what goes into being a good employee and how you can go a step further to be the great employee your boss saw in you so you can succeed at work! Congratulations on landing that job you were after! Now it is important that you continuously work on being a great employee! What does this mean? Watch this video and discover helpful tips to boost your success at work and maintain the values your boss saw in you from the beginning! 

Love

Sex is Awesome! (Spiritual)

God created sex, and it is awesome! He wants it to be awesome for you—He really does! But great sex comes with boundaries that protect your health, your heart, and your spirit. In this first video of her seven-part series, “Love Lessons,” Pam Stenzel talks about the one perfect boundary that keeps sex safe, uncomplicated, and satisfying. This boundary will give you freedom that leads to respect, intimacy, and trust with the one to whom you can safely give your whole heart. 

Pregnancy is Not a Disease

What is treated like the biggest “disease” of most sexually active teens and single young adults? Pregnancy! Newsflash: Pregnancy’s not a disease—it’s what your body was intended to do! The real fear should be sexually transmitted diseases! In this second video of her seven-part series, “Love Lessons,” Pam Stenzel unpacks the costs and consequences of sex outside a mutually exclusive, monogamous relationship. She also shares keys to success and how you can experience love in a way you’ve never experienced before! 

STIs

These ain’t your grandparents’ STDs! Today there are far more sexually transmitted diseases to worry about than there were fifty years ago, as well as a higher rate of infection. STD/STIs are an epidemic in our country, and many cause infertility, cancer, and even death. In this third video of her seven-part series, “Love Lessons,” Pam Stenzel breaks down the different STD/STIs, both viral and bacterial, incurable and curable, along with the heavy costs they have on your health, heart, and life. 

Character

Do you have trouble attracting the right kind of guy? Do you find yourself in a relationship with losers who always break your heart? Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel, never getting anywhere with love? Why does that happen? How can you change it? Change starts first by looking at yourself. We often attract exactly what we are and not what we pretend to be. In this fourth video of her seven-part series, “Love Lessons,” Pam Stenzel breaks down character, how to be the person you want to attract, how to build integrity, and where it all starts! So, throw away that dating app and swipe right to a better you!

Dangers of Porn

Spoiler alert: Pornography is not harmless. Did you really think it was? Most porn shows strong images of violence against women and sends the terrible message that sex is about violence, power, and crushing women. Is this what you want your guy to think? It also teaches young women to accept abuse, violence, and pain. In the fifth video of her seven-part series, “Love Lessons,” Pam Stenzel takes a hard look at how porn, sexting, and some dating apps are hurting our relationships and changing our culture in negative ways.

Your Heart

Have you been hurt over and over again by your choices? Do you feel hopeless when it comes to love? Well, there is hope and healing when it comes to your heart, and it starts with Jesus. In the sixth video of her seven-part series, “Love Lessons,” Pam Stenzel lays out a plan of hope and healing through stories of women in the Bible who were hurt by their poor choices, and the forgiveness they received from their Savior. Forgiveness and change are yours for the asking. 

Protect Yourself

Do you want to make great changes in your life? You know, the ones in which you build integrity, put in place healthy boundaries, and choose to wait for a healthy relationship? How do you stick to your resolve? How do you heal from past choices that have a stronghold on you? In this final video of her seven-part series, “Love Lessons,” Pam Stenzel lays out a plan to protect yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually—body, mind, and spirit—so you can end the years of pain, tears, and struggle when it comes to love.

Special Circumstances

Healing from Abuse

Abuse damages hearts and souls. It lays down a layer of shame in which the wounded heart lies cocooned. What is shame? What is abuse? This video gets to the heart of abuse, the damage it creates, and the distortions we have of ourselves as a result. It provides practical tools to turn wounded hearts toward healing, and it encourages abuse survivors toward rebuilding their lives. 

Post Abortion Healing

Abortion, while extremely common and legal in many parts of our country today, leaves scars and wounds—some physical, some emotional, and some psychological. Even the person who seems unscathed bears the hurts and wounds from this choice. Told through the stories of women who suffered from their abortions and embarked on a journey to healing, this video encourages the post-abortive woman that there is healing and forgiveness after an abortion. 

Relationship Loss

Human beings were designed to have connections and relationships with others. And true relationships are forged with love, trust, and intimacy. But sometimes those relationships fall apart and end. Other times, significant people in our lives die. The feelings of pain and despair are real, and the loss of a relationship can feel 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. 

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 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 to prevent physical and psychological injury to innocent children. This high-quality production was directed by David Gottlieb, a renowned filmmaker in Hollywood, California. 

Pregnancy Loss

Pregnancy brings hopes, dreams, and the realization that you have created life. But sadly, some never make it through the first division of that precious zygote that is your child. Some never make it through the first trimester. Often friends and family unknowingly deny a woman the right to grieve after a miscarriage. This video looks at pregnancy loss, encourages a woman to grieve the loss of her unborn child, and celebrates the precious life she helped create but never got to hold.

Child Abuse & Neglect

Give parents the tools they need to stem child abuse and neglect. In a modern, to-the-point way, young parents learn to deal with this devastating, yet prevalent problem, in the interest of the child. It addresses the following questions: “What if I think I am being abusive to my child?” “Could someone else be abusing my child?” “What do I do if I suspect my child is being abused?” “Where can I get help?” 

Sex and You

Sex is a basic human desire that plays a huge role in our lives. We’re all motivated by different reasons for having sex, but having sex can dramatically change our lives for better or for worse. As much as our culture wants to downplay the seriousness of sex, the truth is, there are always strings attached, and they affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In this video, we’ll discuss the best ways to minimize the bad effects sex can have and share the secret to a great sex life. Language Warning: This video bleeps out some explicit language in the interviews. However, the understanding of the words is still apparent in the video. 

Sex and You

Sex is a basic human desire that plays a huge role in our lives. We’re all motivated by different reasons for having sex, but having sex can dramatically change our lives for better or for worse. As much as our culture wants to downplay the seriousness of sex, the truth is, there are always strings attached, and they affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In this video, we’ll discuss the best ways to minimize the bad effects sex can have and share the secret to a great sex life. Language Warning: This video bleeps out some explicit language in the interviews. However, the understanding of the words is still apparent in the video. 

The Heart of the Matter

We all desire a deep connection with another person. We want a relationship in which we are known and loved. And . . . we want to have a great sex life, too. But can you have all of this through hookups, in one-night stands, or by living with someone before marriage? Our culture says, “Yes!” In this video, we will look at how sex bonds us physically, emotionally, and spiritually with every sexual partner we have, even if they’re not “THE ONE.” We’ll look at what casual sex and constant breakups can do to our future relationships, and what it takes to find the one partner who will stick around through good times and bad. Language Warning: This video bleeps out some explicit language in the interviews. However, the understanding of the words is still apparent in the video. 

STD/STI Avoidance

We live in a day when hooking up is as easy as a swipe to the right with no strings attached. There are friends with benefits, sex without a relationship or sex to keep one, sex as a way to get to know someone, sex to get what you want, and sex to forget someone you love. But is this really true? Can we really just have sex with no strings attached? In this video, we’ll explore the physical consequences of casual sex, how to truly protect yourself from STIs, and how to have great sex! Language Warning: This video bleeps out some explicit language in the interviews. However, the understanding of the words is still apparent in the video.

Choosing Marriage

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 the rest of his life with you? In this video, we will explore all that and discuss the best way to find “the one” who will commit to you, promise to love you, and 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. 

Making the Commitment

Finding the right partner to live life with is both valuable and worth putting in the time and effort for! Commitment and determination, if you stick with it, will net you the kind of love you want—the kind that puts you first and keeps you first forever. But commitment isn’t easy. In this video, we’ll explore why it’s important, what it means, and how you can do it. We’ll show you a great plan that will get you on the road to a happier life—and better sex. You can make the commitment. Language Warning: This video bleeps out some explicit language in the interviews. However, the understanding of the words is still apparent in the video. 

Unraveled Roots: Why am I here?

You want life to be different, but have no idea how to change it. You may doubt that change is even possible. But you’re here because you’re tired of the cycle. Tired of finding yourself in the same place over and over again. We’re here to tell you this: You are not alone. You didn’t arrive here overnight. And there is a reason you are in this place. 

Unraveled Roots: The Root of Abandonment

This lesson explores the first root: Abandonment. Have you ever been in a crowd and felt lonely? Misunderstood? Or simply invisible? Most of us have at one time or another. But some have felt that most of their childhood. In this lesson, you will learn how to identify abandonment from your past and move beyond to healing. The Fact Sheet contains client workbook pages 1-11. 

Unraveled Roots: The Root of Addiction

This lesson addresses the second root: Addiction. Parents who struggle with substance or behavior addictions model unhealthy and damaging ways for their children to feel good about themselves, cope with disappointments, and build relationships. If your parent(s) reached for drugs, sex, food, or more to make themselves feel happy, loved, in control—or at least to numb their pain, they likely ended up inflicting pain on you. This lesson will help you identify addiction in your past and learn how to move beyond it to healing and growth. The Fact Sheet contains client workbook pages 1-7 & 15-17.. The Discussion Sheet contains workbook pages 8-14. 

Unraveled Roots: The Root of Abuse

This lesson addresses the third root: Abuse. Any kind of abuse, especially in childhood, can damage a sense of who we are and rob us of security, especially in childhood. In this lesson, we will identify the different types of abuse and learn how to heal and grow. The Fact Sheet contains client workbook pages 1-7 & 14. The Discussion Sheet contains workbook pages 8-13. 

Unraveled Roots: The Root of Codependency

This lesson will address the fourth root: Codependency. When we become too closely intertwined with others and depend on them to provide our value and purpose, our personal growth and development are damaged. In this lesson, we will explore the concept of codependency, identify if this is present in your life, and help you heal and grow to move beyond. The Fact Sheet contains client workbook pages 1-5 & 13-15. The Discussion Sheet contains workbook pages 6-12.

Unraveled Roots: Where Do I Grow Now?

You now know the why, so let’s dig into the way. How do you move forward into a new way of living? What does this look like? Can your life really be different? Are you strong enough? In this final lesson of Unraveled Roots, we will answer these questions, equipping you to take healthy steps forward to a new day. 

Your Relationship: Healthy, Unhealthy or Toxic?

How healthy is your relationship? Do you sense in your heart something is off, but you can’t quite put your finger on it? In this lesson, we examine the health of your intimate relationships, past or present. We will discuss the difference between normal relational conflict, domestic abuse, and narcissism. You deserve to be treated with value. Learn to set boundaries that speak to your value. 

Understanding Power and Control in Intimate Partner Relationships

 Most people experiencing abuse don’t recognize it because of how they define it. During this lesson, we will discuss the many ways abusive behaviors presents itself. You will receive a clear understanding of psychological abuse, property abuse, verbal abuse, and much more. You will learn about the obvious and subtle forms of domestic abuse, and how the behavior is less about the type of abuse and more about the misuse of power and control.

Recognizing the Cycle of Abuse

It is common to think that someone has an anger or substance abuse issue when really it is domestic abuse. Abuse is a choice someone makes to gain power and control over their intimate partner. Anger is an emotion but abuse is a choice. It repeats over and over, like a cycle. In this lesson, you will learn to recognize the cycle of abuse. If a person can recognize it, they can make choices to bring an end to the abuse in their life. 

Warning Signs of Unhealthy People

You usually can’t tell when you first meet someone if they are unhealthy or if they might be abusive. But there are signs you can watch for. The use of power and control is a pattern of behaviors. In this lesson, you will learn to recognize some of the most common warning signs of abusive people. 

Can an Abuser Change?

No one enters a relationship to see it end. That is why this question, “Can an abuser change?” is so important to answer. In this lesson, we will draw on the two decades of experience working with those who abuse, as well as research to answer this question and another important one, “What if he doesn’t change?” 

Reclaiming Your Value & Experiencing Healthy Relationships

Do you recognize your value and your worth? When you truly feel worthy, you will begin to say “no” to the abuse in your life. How do you get there after your self-worth was damaged? In this lesson, we will teach you about how God values you, and how believing this truth will change your life. Learn the signs of healthy relationships. You have power to make changes, live life free of abuse, and experience healthy relationships. 

Positive Partnerships

Healthy Boundaries (Men)

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. 

Cohabitation (Men)

Cohabitation has a serious impact on both men and women. Each of these lessons gives statistics and helps clients understand the greater impact of cohabitation on themselves and their family. Finally, the video gives a call to action—to either decide to marry or end the relationship.

Making the Marriage Choice (Men)

Marriage is not something to take lightly, but it is also a wonderful blessing. Both this lesson and the lesson for women stress the reasons to get married and the reasons you might want to avoid marriage. The end conclusion is simple: If you are currently living with the person you want to marry, stop living with them until you get married. 

Staying Married (Men)

Marriage is all about being committed—even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those are thinking about marriage after viewing the previous lesson. It gives the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy.

Single Parenting (Men)

For those who choose single parenting, life will be a little more complicated. This lesson helps your clients understand their responsibilities and gives them the tools they need to be a good single parent. 

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. 

Cohabitation (Women)

Cohabitation has a serious impact on both men and women. Each of these lessons gives statistics and helps clients understand the greater impact of cohabitation on themselves and their families. Finally, the lesson gives a call to action—to either decide to marry or end the relationship.

Making the Marriage Choice (Women)

Marriage is not something to take lightly, but it is also a wonderful blessing. Both this lesson and the lesson for women stress the reasons to get married and the reasons you might want to avoid marriage. The end conclusion is simple: If you are currently living with the person you want to marry, stop living with them until you get married. 

Staying Married (Women)

Marriage is all about being committed—even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those thinking about marriage after viewing the previous lesson. It gives the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy. 

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 the tools they need to be a good single parent. 

Being a Father 

The Fatherhood Adventure!: Taking Care of Her During Pregnancy

 Getting through pregnancy is huge! Moms go through A LOT: roller-coaster hormones, body changes, aches and pains, and so much more. At one point, she may even grieve her pre-pregnancy figure. Every trimester brings new changes, challenges, and feelings! As a guy, you may feel like just staying out of her way! We don’t recommend that! In this video, we give new dads practical tips for helping her through pregnancy, what to expect, and how to ease into each new trimester. And most importantly, the things you can AND should NOT say when taking care of her during pregnancy. 

The Fatherhood Adventure!: Taking Care of Her During Birth

Are you her birth coach? Her strong and fearless support? Will you go through labor with her? Help her get that baby out? Are you a little traumatized at the thought of what you both might experience? That’s okay! Every guy feels ya! But the truth is she will need your support, help, comfort, and love during labor and delivery. You will need to know what and what not to do or say. In this video, we give practical tips on how to best to take great care of her during birth!

The Fatherhood Adventure!: Taking Care of them Postpartum

 It’s done! You made it through pregnancy and labor and delivery! The baby is out and home. Well, wipe the sweat off your brow and roll up your sleeves, cause you’re not done yet! She will be sore, exhausted, emotional, and stressed out caring for the baby and home. She will need a lot of time to heal and rest, and that means your help! In this video, we give practical tips for how to best support and take great care of her and the baby during the postpartum time. We’ll even define postpartum! 

Being a Father: Real Time

President Barack Obama said in his Father’s Day speech in 2008, “What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child—it’s the courage to raise one.” You may have heard that being a good father means spending time with your children. But what does that entail? Is it just enough to be present in the home? What if you don’t live with your children? In this video, we discull how to spend REAL time with your kids—time that is Relevant, Expected, Attentive, and Loving—so you can give them the best chance at life.

Being a Father: The Two Questions

We all have a father experience, even if that experience was the absence of a father. And that experience impacts how men will father their own children. As a man, ask yourself these two questions: What kind of father are you now? What kind of father do you want to be? In this video, we discuss the things you can do to become a loving father who provides guidance and support—the kind of father your kids need you to be. Learn about the parenting style that will make your children more successful and happier in life, and the things you can do to adopt that style into how you father your children. 

Being a Father: Being a Role Model

Once you’re a father, you’re an instant role model—good or bad. Your kids learn everything from you: how to treat their mother, how they themselves should be treated, how to act, how to parent, and what is most important in life. The question is, what kind of role model are you? This video talks about the parenting style that will yield the best results in your kids and the things you can do to respond better and expect more of your children. And then it shows how to put it all into practice so you can be the best role model for your kids. 

Being a Father: Being a Leader

To lead or not to lead, that is the question. Well, once you’re a father, you’re a leader, like it or not. Your children will naturally turn to you for guidance and direction. They also look to you to keep them safe. The question then becomes, how you will lead? Even if being a good leader doesn’t come naturally, you can learn to do it well. In this video, we will talk about what it takes to be a good leader and how you can lead in expectations, challenges, boundaries, listening, and responding to your children. 

Being a Father: Being Consistent

Your children need you to be their dad through thick and thin. They need you in good times and hard times. And they need you to be consistent in your actions, love, and teaching. They need you there in real life. This is the challenge all fathers face! In this video, we talk about what it means to be a consistent father and how you can do it year after year, so your children will grow up to be the best adults possible. Consistency is key, as they say! This is especially true of fatherhood: Consistency in your actions, love, and teaching throughout your children’s lives is the best way to nurture them and help them to grow into mature, responsible adults. Here’s how you can do just that! 

Being a Father: Loving Discipline

Do you love disciplining your child? No one does! But it’s an important part of raising a child so they fit into life happily and effectively. How you were disciplined as a kid likely impacts how you feel about it. In this video, we talk about how to discipline in a loving, compassionate, and consistent way, whether you’re single parenting, coparenting, or parenting as a couple. We also touch on harmful or abusive discipline and give you the tools you need to raise great kids! 

Being a Father: Practical Discipline

Kids need structure and discipline to help them fit into life. But how do you do that, if the discipline you experienced as a kid was unkind or maybe even unjust? Or what if you had no structure or discipline at all? In this video, we talk about discipline strategies that work and how to discipline your children with compassion, love, and justice so they learn to manage their own behavior. 

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 a 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 to the child. 

Discipline Foundation

Discipline is not all about punishment. Being a good father who disciplines correctly requires a strong hand, 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 and demonstrates how to have all of these in discipline for children. 

Discipline Guidelines

Although parenting is always unique to the child, there are some basic guidelines that will help fathers in their parenting. These are discussed with practical applications that include the following: Don’t discipline a childish child; discipline to fit the behavior; discipline to fit the age; discipline to fit the child; discipline to fit the situation; discipline dreatively; don’t give a consequence you can’t follow through on; use physical discipline sparingly; discipline without shame; and discipline to teach.

Situational 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 that might be signs of something more that needs to be looked into more deeply. 

Bible Study

Giving God Your Worst: Offering Our Worst to God

**Trigger Warning: This video begins with a story of molestation and rape of a child.** Many look great on the outside, living what appear to be pious Christian lives, while struggling with sin on the inside. But God can see through the facades we build and can look into our hearts. In this first lesson, Dinah Monahan shares a horrible and painful event that happened in her life that brought her to her knees, where she was forced to examine a heart filled with hate and murder and offer up to God her worst. 

Giving God Your Worst: The Painful Truth and Forgiveness

Surrender is a hard concept to understand. By admitting defeat to our own striving, and offering up our struggles to God, He begins changing our hearts. God knows every rotten thought, every hurt, insecurity, jealousy, and hateful or prideful thought. He is just waiting for you to be honest with yourself and to give these burdens to Him. He will make it right. 

Giving God Your Worst: From Sinner to Saint

Have you ever thought, “If I could become a better person or more like another person, I would arrive at spirituality?” You’re not alone. But did you know that God wants you exactly the way you are—the way He created you? And by accepting this and surrendering to Him, He can do the work in you He wants and change your heart. 

Giving God Your Worst: The Truth Shall Set You Free

The goal of the Christian is not to focus on self, but rather to die to self. If we are to be “living and holy sacrifices,” then it requires that we do just that. This means surrendering our natural human responses to life’s hurts and disappointments (anger, bitterness, hatred, insecurities, jealousy, pride, hurt, lust, and the other sins of the heart) openly and honestly to God.

Giving God Your Worst: Surrendering Our Weakness

God takes us from hatred and bitterness to His rest and peace. But forgiveness is not about forgiving and forgetting, and it doesn’t mean restoration with someone who harmed us. It is about surrendering our hearts to God, the good and the ugly. In surrendering our weaknesses. 

Giving God Your Worst: Gaining Victory

Spiritual maturity doesn’t come from our accomplishments, but from recognizing what we are and feel, and from our willingness to surrender it all. We often try to control situations and outcomes to feel powerful. In order to grow spiritually, however, we must quit doing this and continually (for the rest of our lives) surrender our hearts to God. 

Upside Down Love Lesson 1: The Bible

When you talk to other Christians, you may hear them say such things as, “Well, God says…” Or “God’s word says…” Have you ever wondered how they know what God says? Or what His word is? Simply, it’s the Bible. A collection of 66 books that lays out the Christian faith from the beginning of time. In this video we talk about why you can trust the Bible, why it’s accurate and relevant for today, and how God’s story intertwines with our own. 

Upside Down Love Lesson 2: Grace & Commands

Learning that Jesus loves and forgives you is amazing! But now what? What does it mean to be a Christian, and how does that change how you live? In this video, we talk about how God’s grace and instructions matter to you, and how His love, expressed in the act of forgiveness, changes EVERYTHING! 

Upside Down Love Lesson 3: The King Among the Cows

Have you ever met someone really famous? They likely had an entourage taking care of them and lots of paparazzi snapping pics of everything they did. They probably lived the life of luxury! Well, that is why Jesus’ birth and life are so strange! He is fabulously famous, rich, and powerful, and He is God! He is more important than any celebrity ever!! Yet He didn’t live in a royal mansion and wasn’t born in the best hospital. In fact, He was born in a barn, and this is completely upside down to what you would expect!

Upside Down Love Lesson 4: The Faithful Fishermen

Have you ever stood between two teams and knew you wouldn’t be picked? Doesn’t it seem like the richest, prettiest, strongest, and smartest are always the ones to get ahead? But not with Jesus. He chose the lowly, the humble, the outcasts, and the poor to join Him—normal people with normal problems. His upside-down approach shows clearly that we are chosen, not because of something great about us, but because He is good and powerful, and THAT is GREAT news for us all! 

Upside Down Love Lesson 5: The Servant Above the Served

Have you ever thought about what makes someone great? Is it lots of money, #followers, power, or popularity? Our thoughts, money, and time go toward supporting what culture says is great. But Jesus’ definition is upside down to the world’s. He said it’s the opposite of those things. That greatness is about serving others, which means putting God first, others second, and ourselves last. And this changes EVERYTHING! 

Upside Down Love Lesson 6: The Greatest Dying for the Least

How many leaders do know who willing lay down their lives for others? Or anyone who is willing to die just for you? Probably none! Which is why is it so upside down to the world’s standards that the GREATEST leader of all, Jesus, did just that! One of the most amazing upside-down moments in history was when He was judged and condemned and undeservingly took our place on the cross to die for us to take away our sins. That huge turning point in ALL of time changes EVERYTHING in your life now and after you die. Topics include: death, material parts, immaterial parts, Bible, second death, righteous, perfect, sin, Jesus, God, trust Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021 

Upside Down Love Lesson 7: The Guilty in Heaven

What would you say to God if He asked, “Why should I let you into Heaven?” Because you did your best? Because you were a good person? You did more good deeds than bad? How would you know if you even did enough to earn your place there? Well, none of that matters to how you get into heaven. The Bible tells us that you CAN’T earn it, you don’t deserve it—it is a gift given freely to us by a loving God. And that is upside down to what the world deems fair and just. Jesus really did turn everything upside-down with His life and message. Topics include: God, Jesus, Love, Forgiveness, Heaven, Truth, Bible, Performance, Rewards, Good deeds, Salvation, Death, Sin, Trust, New Creation, Upside-Down Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

Unlocking the Gospel Video 1: Identity Matters - The Key Exists

There are few things more frustrating than struggling with a stuck lock that is jammed shut. You think you have the correct key inserted into the cylinder of the keyhole but the latch won’t move. You struggle with the key, wiggle it, pull the key in and out, but nothing happens. You wonder if you have the correct key. So, you try all the other keys on the ring, and even though you knew none of them would work before you tried them, you confirmed none of them fit. You go back to the first key, it slides in. You think this time the right key will open the door latch. Nothing happens. You wonder what will free the lock from being frozen? Obsession with a desire to become freed from bondage is similar. You may feel like you are stuck inside of a cage or locked inside of a dark room and wonder how to escape. Do you wonder why you make the choices you do? Or how you can make lasting changes in your life? The answers lie with Jesus. 

Unlocking the Gospel Video 2: Receiving Jesus as My Savior

God offers you the key to unlock your future. We are saved by the grace of God through faith in the finished work of God’s only son, Jesus Christ. Receiving Jesus as Savior and becoming the recipient of this new identity is the key! But what does all that mean? Explore the concept of salvation to grow in Christ resulting in knowing and believing, that God has changed your identity from what you used to be. Become transformed with the Holy Spirit’s help by renewing your mind by God’s Word. 

Unlocking the Gospel Video 3: Recognizing Satan

Can you imagine how it would feel to be released from feelings of shame, blame, and unworthiness? The good news is, you can! But it will take some hard work. Ever wondered why it’s so difficult to break free of nagging habits, irritating additions, or annoying thoughts? Here’s why: when we’re adopted into the family of God, no one erases the “hard drive” of our emotions, memories, or mistakes. We have relied on ourselves so long. Now we must reverse these patterns and be taught how to depend on Jesus. 

Disciple: Your Unwritten Autobiography

When you think about how your life will go, what do you imagine? What do you want to accomplish? We all want our lives to count for something, make a difference, and have a purpose. This is the story of your life. Welcome to Disciple. In this 10-week course, you will explore a completely new story. A journey into significance, a foray into meaning, and an invitation to love. In this session you will consider God’s good plans for you no matter what has happened in your life. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will see that you already have everything you need to make an impact that will last forever. ©2021

Disciple: How the Story Starts

Have you ever thought about how Christianity started? This session starts with the story of Adam and Eve. Their sin left all of us spiritually dead—with the need to get back to the place of significance, acceptance, and security. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, that need is met for us. We are given a new identity—a child of God. In this session, you will discover the biggest case of identity theft there ever was. You will see what you lost and how to get it back. Through that, you will learn who you are now that you have come to Christ. We are not just physical beings; we are spiritual beings. ©2021 (

Disciple: A True Story

Do you tend to follow what you feel about who you are rather than what God says you are? Do you want to give up on God when life gets hard? Our culture teaches that absolute truth is socially unacceptable. In this session, you will learn to understand that faith is choosing to believe Jesus’s truth over your feelings and what our culture says. You will work out what God’s truth is and whether it is true for everyone. You will also learn what faith really is and how you can grow in it. ©2021 

Disciple: The Story of the World

The world can try to knock you off your tracks sometimes. It encourages you to take on false identities and settle for less than what God wants for you. In this session you will look at the three enemies that want to deflect you from God’s truth. You will begin to consider who your enemies are—first, by learning what the world is, and then by how it seeks to tempt and entice us. You will also learn how the world presents a false picture of reality. ©2021

Disciple: The Story of the Flesh

Have you ever repeated a bad behavior long enough that it became a habit? It becomes “default programming.” We call the flesh “default programming.” Why is it so natural for us to sin? In this session, you will learn that we are fallen humans in need of a Savior. You can either choose to walk in the flesh or walk with God. You will learn how your desires are contrary to God’s and can misdirect you, but you can overcome that. The flesh is not something that God will switch off, but it is something you can overcome with Jesus. ©2021

Disciple: The Story of the Devil

Did you know that the devil is real? But did you know that he is already defeated, and you have the power to overcome his lies? There is a battle between good and evil. In this session, you will learn about the lies that come from the devil—the father of lies. You will discover who the devil really is, and what he can and cannot do. You will also see how the he holds you back but how you can overcome him every time. ©2021

Disciple: Truth and Emotions

Is your truth based on how it or you feel? Do you tend to give up quickly when things get hard in life? In this session you will begin to resolve the negative consequences from your past by focusing on your emotions. You are no longer a product of your past, but now a product of Christ’s past. Christ died on the cross for you. You will learn what emotions are and why God gave them to you. You will also discover how negative emotions can be changed over time. ©2021 

Disciple: Forgiving From the Heart

Can you forgive? Have you ever struggled to forgive someone in your life? We all have at least once in our lifetime. Forgiveness is hard, but it’s also possible. In this session you will learn about unforgiveness, what keeps you stuck to the past and unable to grow in forgiveness. You will discover what forgiveness isn’t. Why it’s important to forgive others and how to do it. God commands us to forgive because He first forgave us. When we don’t forgive others, then we don’t grow beyond our hurt, and we don’t grow in Christ. ©2021

Disciple: Walking Into the Next Chapter

33 min. Are you ready for an adventure? Well, the stage is now set for you to grow into a steadfast relationship with Jesus that will last your lifetime. In this session you will see how, as disciples of Christ, we run the race of life. We get to know who we are in God’s eyes and how to defeat the enemy. In this session, we’ll look at how to make being a disciple your way of life. You’ll learn to tear down strongholds and work out God’s goals for your life. Finally, you will learn how to continually walk in freedom and discover the key to radical transformation. ©2021

Disciple: Action Story

It’s time to take your place in God’s plans for your life. Are you ready to do the works God has prepared for you? You have the freedom to choose where you go from here. In this final session you will look at what God is inviting you to do with the rest of your story, how to join Him, and how to be an ambassador for Jesus. God wants you to declare that Jesus came to give full life and discover His plan for you! Are you ready? ©2021 

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