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Week by Week

Here is a week by week explanation of pregnancy from Week 1 to Week 40.

It’s important to remember that all pregnancies are different. This page should give you a general idea of what to expect at each stage. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a nurse about your pregnancy, please call us at 615.321.0005

Week 1-2:

A lot is happening now, but you can’t see it with the naked eye. This is when your body is ovulating and your uterus is getting ready to possibly conceive by the thickening of the uterine wall and releasing an unfertilized egg.

Week 3:

This is the week where ovulation and implantation can occur. When the one single sperm meets the egg. At conception, the baby’s eye color, hair color, gender and more have already been determined.

Right now, the baby is actually called an embryo and some major things are happening. The embryo’s brain, spinal cord, heart and gastrointestinal tract are all being developed.

Week 4:

It’s now time to take a pregnancy test. You can contact Hope Clinic at 615-321-0005 to book a free test. Most women discover their pregnancies between weeks 4-7. Pregnancy symptoms may start to develop such as a missed period or breast tenderness.

Your embryo is experiencing some major growth here. The beginning stages of the nervous system, skin, nails, hair, mammary glands, sweat glands and enamel for teeth begin to develop. Also, the foundations of heart, lungs, skeletal system, liver and much more are being laid. Even arms and legs begin to develop this week.

Week 5:

If you haven’t already, this is a great time to make an appointment with Hope Clinic. Since ovulation times are different for every woman, it’s important that you take a free, medical grade pregnancy test and receive a free ultrasound so we can determine exactly how far along you are. You may begin experiencing morning sickness during this week.

Your embryo’s heartbeat is steady and the eyes and ears are forming.

Week 6:

You may begin to experience more pregnancy symptoms by week 6. Heartburn, some light cramping and light bleeding are super normal this week. Your breasts may still be pretty tender and you might even notice that they look a little bit darker than normal.

Your embryo is already beginning to develop fingers and toes. Plus a little nose, jaw and palate are forming. The lungs and brain are also continuing to develop.

Week 7:

You may still be experiencing morning sickness and maybe some possible weight gain. It’s also possible to have lost a couple of pounds due to morning sickness. You might be experiencing some mood swings and cravings too.

Your embryo is now developing a tongue, hair follicles and eyelids. Every essential organ that a human being needs to survive has already been forming at this point.

Week 8:

It’s a good time to either begin or continue your prenatal care during week 8. Continue with healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Before you were pregnant, your uterus was the size of a fist. By week 8, it’s the size of a grapefruit.

Your embryo now contains every body part that an adult has but they are not fully developed. The facial features begin to become more defined and its muscles are even able to contract.

Week 9:

You may not look pregnant on the outside, but you may begin to feel bloated and your pants may start to feel snug. Some of the pregnancy symptoms may have disappeared and others surfaced.

Now called a fetus, it is ready for some pretty major weight gain. The fetus can also start sucking its thumb this week.

Week 10:

Your newly pregnant body is still experiencing pregnancy symptoms, but you may have developed some good coping strategies on how to alleviate those. Two that we recommend are:

  • Use social support: They say a problem shared is a problem halved. It’s good to share your doubts, insecurities and feelings with others to stop them from taking over your everyday life.
  • Start a journal: Writing down stuff can help with unburdening your thoughts and is helpful for tracking your moods and identifying triggers. It’s also good to write down things that you are grateful for, to remind yourself during days when may be feeling low.

The fetus’ kidneys, liver, brain and lungs are now functioning. Plus, fetuses start to kick their newly developed legs this week

Week 11:

Your body is continually changing along with the ever-changing fetus. Many women notice hair and fingernail growth during this time in pregnancy. However, not all women will show their pregnancies at this point. Some may notice a small bump while it may not be noticeable with others.

Your fetus is very active at this point. The skeleton is beginning to harden and your fetus’ head is almost half of its entire length.

Week 12:

You are almost out of your first trimester at this point. Your ever-growing uterus is expanding. Depending on if this is your first pregnancy or not, you may already be needing maternity clothes.

Your fetus is continually growing, as well. Its kidneys can now secrete urine and the facial features become more recognizable.

Week 13:

The second trimester begins. You might notice some stretch marks here and there as your body is meeting the needs of the growing fetus.

Your fetus now has its very own fingerprints.

Week 14:

Congratulations! You made it into the second trimester. Your early pregnancy symptoms may start to subside a little bit and you might start feeling more like yourself again. Your breasts are preparing for lactation and may have become swollen and tender.

Because of your fetus’ developing brain, it can now make facial expressions with its facial muscles. Its liver and spleen have also begun to develop more.

Week 15:

Most women will have gained 5 pounds by this point. Don’t worry if you’ve gained more or less. Continued prenatal visits are good to ensure you have a healthy weight gain and that the fetus is developing appropriately.

You can actually see your fetus’ skeleton on an X-Ray if it were taken this week.

Week 16:

You may be experiencing that “pregnancy glow” due to the increased blood volume and overactive oil glands.

Your fetus’ circulatory and urinary systems are beginning to function now, along with some other body systems.

Week 17:

Most women see a noticeable baby bump by now. Your other internal organs begin to make room for your growing uterus.

Your fetus’ hearing is beginning to develop.

Week 18:

Bring out the maternity clothes! Your growing fetus needs some extra room. You may also notice some dizziness as well. This is due to possible low blood pressure caused by your cardiovascular system being affected by the pregnancy.

Your fetus’ genitals are beginning to form externally now. It is typically possible to distinguish whether it’s a male or female on an ultrasound by this point.

Week 19:

Due to the growing fetus, you may experience round ligament pain. This is very normal and happens when your ligaments have to stretch to compensate for the growing fetus.

As other parts of the fetus’ development continue, hair is beginning to grow on the fetus’ head.

Week 20:

You made it halfway through your pregnancy! Typical weight gain at this point is between 8-10 lbs.

Your fetus is beginning to produce meconium (which then becomes the big first diaper change after birth)

Week 21:

Most women really enjoy this time in pregnancy. You are over the first trimester and your belly is not too big to keep you from doing most things. You may be able to feel the fetus move at this point. Continue a healthy diet and light exercise.

Your fetus is now swallowing amniotic fluid and the digestive system is continuing to develop.

Week 22:

You may notice some swelling in your feet or legs at the end of the day. If so, just take some breaks during the day to give your feet a rest.

Week 23:

The fetus is completely laying on your bladder. You may notice you have to use the bathroom more often.

Your fetus is beginning to gain weight rapidly and looks more and more like a newborn baby.

Week 24:

With the continued growth of your fetus, you might begin to feel itchy as your skin stretches. Stretch marks are very normal. Feel free to apply lotion to help ease the itchiness.

Your fetus’ brain is developing quickly. It is also beginning to develop taste buds during this time.

Week 25:

Right now, the uterus is the about the size of a soccer ball.

Your fetus’ gender should be distinguishable with an ultrasound by now (or even before).

Week 26:

Most women at this time have gained between 16-22 lbs. Continue with a healthy diet and regular prenatal visits to ensure you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy.

Your fetus’ lungs are continuing to develop and it is actually able to respond to sound.

Week 27:

You should be feeling your fetus kicking and moving around all the time. You may also be feeling movements like hiccups too. Keep track of the movements because a sharp decrease or no movement could be a sign of potential distress on the fetus. If you have any questions, contact your doctor. Remember to listen to your body. Remember to trust your body.

Your fetus may be able to open its eyes at this point and now has a regular sleep and wake cycle. Let’s just hope it’s the same as yours!

Week 28:

Week 29:

The average weight gain at this point is between 19-25 lbs. Prenatal massage is a good way to relax overextended muscles and ligament pain.

The fetus is experiencing some pretty amazing brain development. Make sure to continue to eat foods that are high in folic acid such as spinach, citrus, and beans. Plus, continue taking those prenatal vitamins.

Week 30:

You may be experiencing some insomnia. This is very normal since it can be hard trying to find a comfortable position to sleep. Try sleeping with a pregnancy pillow to help you rest.

The fetus is continually growing and now able to distinguish between light and dark inside the womb.

Week 31:

During this time, you might have noticed a yellowish substance leaking from your breast. This is totally normal. It’s called colostrum and it’s what your body makes in the beginning stages of lactation (breastfeeding).

Your fetus is continuing to gain weight and develop its lungs.

Week 32:

You may experience Braxton Hicks contractions during this time. They are completely normal and it’s your body’s way to “practice” labor. If you are not aware if you are experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions or real labor, contact your doctor.

Your fetus is continuing to gain weight and is developing its lungs.

Week 33:

Some women can get a little nervous that their “water” will break. Amniotic fluid is odorless and colorless. If you are unsure if your bladder had a leak or if your amniotic sack has ruptured, try smelling it to tell the difference. If you are still unsure, contact your doctor.

Your fetus’ bones are all beginning to get hard (except for the skull which needs to remain moldable for delivery).

Week 34:

Your body is continually preparing for delivery with each passing week. Make sure to still do light exercises like walking and allow yourself to rest when you become tired.

Your fetus’ central nervous system is still developing and it’s still gaining a consistent amount of weight.

Week 35:

You may be experiencing a little bit of shortness of breath. That’s because the uterus is pressing against the rib cage.

The fetus is pretty much done growing by this point. It will continue to gain weight but the kidneys have totally developed. Since there is less room for the fetus to kick, you should still be able to feel it move consistently.

Week 36:

People may begin to tell you that you’ve “dropped.” That just means that the fetus is now engaged in the pelvis. It helps with the shortness of breath but might keep you up at night with trips to the bathroom.

Most fetuses at this point are head down toward the pelvis.

Week 37:

Getting close to delivery! Braxton Hicks contractions may still be preparing you for labor and the doctor may check to see if you are dilating.

Your fetus is continually enjoying its womb for the time. But move-out day is approaching!

Week 38:

You may notice you have passed the mucus plug. It helps keep bacteria from entering the cervix during pregnancy. When you pass the mucus plug, it’s a great indicator that you may be dilating.

All of the fetus’ organs are fully functioning (except the brain and lungs which continue to develop after birth).

Week 39:

Although it’s normal to experience swelling during your pregnancy, make sure you are keeping a good eye on severe swelling as it could be a sign of preeclampsia (it can be a dangerous condition). Check with your doctor if you have any questions.

Your fetus is still gaining weight.

Week 40:

Full Term! You and your doctor have probably already talked about birthing possibilities and what to do if you go over 40 weeks. Your pregnancy has been a continual journey of preparation for labor.

Most full term babies are between 19-21 inches and 6 ¾ – 10 pounds

At any point during your pregnancy you may decide to work with a doula or midwife. A doula is trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. Depending on your situation, you may be able to get access to a doula for free – and we can provide amazing referrals.

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  • Members not following these guidelines will be removed from the class and will not earn points.

 

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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: Topics Include: diet, processed foods •dieting •wash hands •food care •foods to avoid •unsafe foods •smoked seafood •pate •unpasteurized dairy •fish •mercury •herbs •sprouts •pica •vitamins •unsafe herbs •saw palmetto •golden seal •dong quai •ephedra •yohimbe •pay d’arco •passion flower •black cohosh •blue cohosh •roman chamomile •pennyroyal •water •coffee • alcohol •caffeine •sugar •artificial sweeteners •exercise •hair dye •hot tubs •traveling •driving safety •cleaning products •cat litter •drugs •smoking www.truetolifeproductions.com ©2018

Getting Ready: Nesting - Topics Include: 3rd trimester •nesting •energized •cleaning •organizing •cautions •baby’s room •baby equipment •meals ahead •contact list •pack hospital bag •overnight bag •longer-term bag •car seat ©2018

Big Belly Mom Hacks: Everyone may seem like an expert when it comes to your pregnancy. Friends, family, and even strangers may offer advice as you experience the changes that come with your pregnancy. Even when this advice comes from well-meaning friends and family, it is important to make sure it is GOOD advice. In this video, we will talk about how to overcome some of the more usual challenges and discomforts with some mom-tried and -approved tips.

Trimester Expectations

Your First Trimester: You’re pregnant, and you’re wondering, now what? There is a lot to know about pregnancy, your changing body, and your developing baby. So much happens in that first trimester! You will experience changes in your body, your emotions, and your lifestyle. Your baby also goes through a lot of growth, developing into the little person you soon will see in less than nine months! This video takes a look at pregnancy in the first trimester and also talks about your baby’s journey in development

Your Second Trimester: Your first trimester is now behind you and you are likely feeling better. Morning sickness may have eased up and you may be thinking, “I’ve got this!” Your baby is growing rapidly, and you might even be starting to sport a cute little baby bump. The second trimester is often the most comfortable time for a pregnant mom! While you still may not be feeling or seeing much yet, there is a lot going on in your womb. In this video we’ll talk about how your body is changing, your baby’s journey in development, and what you can expect in your second trimester.

Your Third Trimester: You are moving into your third trimester, and you’re feeling VERY pregnant. Your baby is getting bigger, and you can feel her moving and kicking. What is going on in there?! While your body is changing to accommodate your growing baby, you are likely feeling more tired, but also strangely energized. You have a baby coming soon!! In this video we’ll talk about your changing body, what you might be feeling, your baby’s journey in development, and what you can expect in your third trimester.

Prenatal Care: You’re pregnant and you have a lot to consider. Car seats, baby’s room, baby clothes, and what brand of diapers you want to use. But the most important consideration right now is how you can take the best care of yourself and your developing baby. Your first step is setting up your prenatal care. In this video, we will discuss prenatal care, what you should expect at your prenatal checkups, and why they are so important to keeping you and your baby healthy.

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: Pregnancy and birth are supposed to be a joyful time. The excitement of parenthood and a new baby, dreams of your sweet family, and those wonderful bonding moments. But all of this may lose some of its joy because of maternal depression and anxiety. This depression or anxiety can begin during pregnancy and worsen after birth. It can be as mild as the “baby blues” or as disabling as postpartum depression or anxiety. This video takes a look at the “baby blues,” postpartum depression, and the difference between them. We’ll also talk about what to do if you have postpartum depression and some helpful tips on how to function at home and how to improve your mood.

Going it Alone: When looking at being a mother, many don’t understand the important pieces that need to work together to make a life with a young child. This DVD goes through the essential needs of every single mother including the 4 most important: Shelter, Income, Food, and Transportation. Each need is discussed and options are given as possible solutions. Then, the emotional needs of both the mother and the child are discussed and advice and help is given to encourage an emotionally healthy family. Finally, their intellectual needs are discussed with encouragement for continuing education and appropriate play for the child.

At Risk Pregnancies: There is risk in everything we do in life, including starting a family. Most pregnancies progress just fine, but sometimes along the way, a complication can arise. It’s scary when this happens. In this video, we will look at the different medical conditions that can affect your pregnancy or your health, what to do if you experience concerning symptoms, what symptoms you should always see your medical provider about, and how to get through a complication. In the end, all we want is a healthy baby and a healthy YOU.

Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: From the time you find out you’re pregnant, you will want to give your baby the best start at life. However, unhealthy lifestyle choices and addictions can have a serious impact on the growth and development of your unborn baby. This impact can sometimes happen before you even know you’re pregnant. It’s hard to imagine how everything you put in your body - whether it’s inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin - can affect her! Changing lifestyle habits and overcoming addictions is tough and takes strength, perseverance, and often outside help. This video will cover the effects of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs during pregnancy. It will cover how these activities affect your developing baby, your pregnancy, and you. It will also cover some of the long-term, developmental issues your child may face from exposure to these harmful chemicals. This video will offer tips on how to successfully quit smoking, drinking, or using drugs, as well as when you should consider asking for help.

Mommy Nutrition: Let’s see…the choice between chocolate cake or a Snicker’s Bar for lunch vs a healthy alternative. The choice is tough, isn’t it? What feels good vs what is good! This video looks at why a mommy’s nutritional needs are important and how you can make healthy choices 90 percent of the time so that you don’t have to feel guilty about those occasional “feel-good” choices. We’ll take a look at what your nutritional needs really are, and how you can easily meet them, with just a little planning.

Labor & Delivery

Labor 101: Intro and Options The goal of this series is to give you a better understanding of your choices at birth and to serve as an educational video on the birthing process. In the first section of the Labor 101 series you will learn about the possible options and techniques used to handle pain when giving birth as well as learning the benefits and risks that come with each choice.

Labor 101: What to Expect Mental, physical, and emotional preparation for birth are discussed in this section as well as techniques to help train your body for the physical demands of labor. The role of your birth coach is also discussed and what they can do to help you relax and stay calm throughout the process.

Labor 101: Infant Care The last section of this series brings everything to a conclusion and touches on the last stage of labor that occurs after delivering your baby. The steps your baby goes through to get all cleaned up and cared for in preparation to go home are covered as well.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding: Techniques and a Good Latch In this lesson the techniques for breastfeeding are shown and explained further. Various feeding positions are shown and keys to having a successful latch are discussed. How to prevent sore nipples is another topic that’s covered among many other tips given to make breastfeeding as easy as possible.

Breastfeeding: Returning to Work Combining all her experience from helping thousands of mothers successfully reach their breastfeeding goals, with her personal experience of being a working, breastfeeding mom herself, your instructor Shari Criso, MSN, RN, CNM, IBLCLC, knows how important it is for many mothers to be able to both work and pump to achieve their long-term breastfeeding goals. Going back to work after having a baby is never easy. Let Shari help you ease the anxiety and assist you in transitioning back to the office while continuing to breastfeed. This DVD is an absolute must for anyone who plans to pump at work, covering everything you need to know as a working and breastfeeding Mom!

Breastfeeding: Getting Enough Milk The third lesson of this series will answer your questions of “is my baby getting enough milk?” This lesson will show how to know if your baby is getting enough. What cues to look for so you can stop worrying about your baby being hungry.

Breastfeeding: Growth Spurts and Essentials In the final lesson of the simply breastfeeding series you will learn how to introduce your baby to a bottle as well as learn how to store your breast milk, so your baby always has milk.

Breastpumps and Briefcases: Combining all her experience from helping thousands of mothers successfully reach their breastfeeding goals, with her personal experience of being a working, breastfeeding mom herself, your instructor Shari Criso, MSN, RN, CNM, IBLCLC, knows how important it is for many mothers to be able to both work and pump to achieve their long-term breastfeeding goals.

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. ©2014

Infant Expectations: - Topics Include: newborn •newborn •appearance •vernix •skin-to-skin •lanugo •rashes •blotches •white spots •umbilical cord •weak neck •holding baby •first day •awake •alert •vision •sleep •eat •latching •coming home •car seat •normal behaviors •sleeping •feeding •breathing •crying •colic •reflexes •sucking reflex •grasp reflex •first bowel movement •stool •jaundice •bilirubin •phototherapy •weight loss •dehydration •infection ©2016

Infant Temperament: The basic needs of most babies are all the same; but every baby has a unique temperament. This video looks at the different types of temperament and helps the viewer understand the natural differences that can be cherished in each child.

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

Infant Hygiene: Caring for an infant does not require vast amounts of training or an advanced degree. Caring for an infant simply requires a dedicated parent willing to respond to a child’s needs in appropriate ways. This video provides standard techniques of care that will help parents to provide for their infant’s day-to-day hygiene needs.

Being a Super Mom: Ever wish you could use the Lasso of Truth with your kids? Well, keep your magic bracelets on, girl, cuz this video will give you tips on how to stay organized, on time, meet the needs of your family, and maintain your superhero status! ©2018 

Infant CPR: This video instructs parents or caregivers on how to perform choking and CPR procedures on a baby if they have a breathing or cardiac emergency. While this does not replace an accredited CPR class, this video will familiarize a person on these important lifesaving steps. ©2017

Crying: We love our babies, but we HATE their crying. Especially the inconsolable crying that you can’t fix! It’s hard to listen to, and it makes us so EMOTIONAL! It evokes feelings from deep within! You may be wondering, “Is this normal?” “Am I doing something wrong?” Or worse, “Is there something wrong with my baby?” There may even be a niggling little voice inside wondering, “Am I a bad parent?” This video answers all those questions and talks about ways you can soothe your baby and what to do if you can’t stop the crying!  ©2020

Toddlerhood

Mommy Milestones: This video helps a parent to make sense of their toddler’s development, learn what things they can do to help their child hit those milestones, and understand how to nurture their toddler’s good behavior. ©2017

Toilet Training: This DVD shows the basics of potty training, including: How to know when to start potty training; Preparation for the big day; The “how to” of potty training; Rewards and encouragements; Dealing with disappointments; Tips for boys; and Tips for girls. A 5.8 Flesch–Kincaid Grade Level score ensures information is easily understood. Length: 24:24. ©2015

Siblings: This video sheds light on the unique relationship siblings have as they grow up together and work out interpersonal relationships, effective communication, and teamwork that prepare them for adulthood. It will give tips on how to parent your children to build strong bonds, and how to manage sibling rivalry. ©2017

Sleeping, Bedtime, Mornings: This video answers these questions and offers solutions for some of the most common sleep challenges a toddler has so that everyone gets a blissful night’s rest!  ©2019

Bonding with Your Toddler:  In this video we‘ll talk about what it means to bond with your toddler and why it’s crucial for every parent to work at it. We’ll also show you four simple ways to help develop this relationship and some fun things every parent can do to get closer to their toddler. ©2019

Milestones

First Year: Newborn Milestones: From the day your baby is born, they are taking in new information from the world around them and using that information to build connections in their brain. In this series you will learn about the milestones your baby should achieve each month and how to keep a close tab on their development. The first few months of your baby's life are an exciting, emotional, and overwhelming time. In this first lesson you’ll see the different milestones newborns should be reaching in their first couple months of life.

First Year: Three to Six Month Milestones: At 3-6 months your baby is much more active. This time in your baby’s life is a big milestone. They’ll be livelier, more alert, and their personality will really start to shine by interacting with the world around them. This lesson will teach you what things to expect during this time period and how you can help in your child’s development.

First Year: Six to Nine Month Milestones: Between 6-9 months of age your baby will grow and develop immensely. These months are some of the most fun and entertaining so make sure to enjoy them while they last. This lesson will show you what milestones your baby should be reaching at 6-9 months and how you yourself can check for these milestones and help your baby with their development.

First Year: Twelve Month Milestones: By the time your baby reaches their 12th month of age they’ll have already hit so many developmental milestones and their level of activity and developmental changes will be exciting and challenging for both of you. This lesson is the last one in the series and will explain your child’s development in the last month of your child’s first year.

Parenting

10 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Self- Confidence (Spiritual): A Step-By-Step Plan That Works Wonders!

Discipline Isn’t Spelled P-U-N-I-S-H-M-E-N-T  (Spiritual): Why Teaching and Learning Are Better Than Punishment and Penalties.

Single Parenting (Women): For those who choose single parenting life will be a little more complicated. This lesson helps your clients understand their responsibilities and gives them tools to be a good single parent.

Creating Kindness: This video gives you tips on finding those teachable moments in everyday life where you can guide your children to choose kindness, and how you can model this value from your own interactions with them to encourage their hearts. ©2019

Creating Confidence:  In this video, we talk about the three things you can do to help create this super-power of confidence in your child! ©2019

Funday : Leman Secrets for Enjoying the Journey: *There are no worksheets for this video.
*This lesson is a fun bonus for clients if time permits it. Dr. Kevin Leman shares his tips on how you can make every day a Fun-Day with your kids. Third Party Content: Have A New Kid by Friday  ©2009

Creating Motivation: In this video, we’ll give you three basic parenting rules that along with a few goals and expectations will help give your kids the skills they need to have better self-discipline.

Co-Parenting

One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > There is Hope! (Single Father, Lsn. 1): Meet Co-Founder of The Center for Modern Family Dynamics, Jay Daughtry. Jay shares his journey into single parenting and gives insights into self-care as a single parent and grieving spouse while meeting the challenge of re-defining your family. .  ©2020

One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > There is Hope! (Single Mother, Lsn. 1): Meet founder of CoParenting International, Tammy Daughtry, who has been a co-parent since 2001. Learn about what co-parenting is, is not and what it might be in regards to its impact on children. Explore the question of, “Divorce hurts – will our children be alright?” .  ©2020

One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > Co-parent Communication (Single Father, Lsn. 3): Knowing where we are and where we want to go helps us plan for the journey. Defining your co-parenting relationship, understanding healthy boundaries and knowing how each category effects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience. .  ©2020

One Heart, One Home (CoParenting) > Co-parent Communication (Single Mother, Lsn. 3): Knowing where we are and where we want to go helps us plan for the journey. Defining your co-parenting relationship, understanding healthy boundaries and knowing how each category effects your children gives you the power to impact their post-divorce experience.  ©2020

Family

Family Stability: Inside Change It has been said that you should only undertake a single major event in any given year. Whoever said that was a bit out of touch with daily reality. Major events come and go; changing jobs, moving homes, adding to your family, getting married or breaking up. These are major events, and there needs to be a sense of who your family is and how you can keep them stable through these tumultuous times. This video can guide you and help you understand that change is what it is - but your family can weather it together!

Successful Family Living: Family is our most precious gift. They are not perfect. They are made up people who struggle, come from imperfect backgrounds, and often are figuring life out as they go. But successful families share one thing in common, they are committed to each other and purposeful in living life together. In this video we talk about what it takes to create a successful family-life for your children, how you can build rich experiences that shape their character, and the most important things a child needs to build good life skills.

Getting Established In a New Area: It’s time to move, again, and that means getting established in a new area. How do you help your children adapt to a new school and make new friends while still encouraging them to maintain current relationships? How do you get them excited for a new area? You may even find yourself feeling anxious with the idea of establishing your family yet again. This video will help parents support, listen and encourage their children through a difficult transition. It will also prepare parents with a plan of action for getting involved, connected and thriving in a new area.

Domestic Family Violence: Family violence is about power and control. And, the members of a household with the least power - the children - are often the ones most harmed, even if they aren’t the direct target of the attack. This video program examines family violence and its impact on children. It defines, explains, and suggests prevention, response, and treatment approaches. Rich in cultural and content diversity; Family Violence: Impact on Children features experts, practitioners, and ordinary folks with knowledge and experience. The program awakens the viewer to take action in order to prevent physical and psychological injury to innocent children. This high-quality production was directed by David Gottlieb, a renowned film maker in Hollywood.

Fatherhood

Role Models: A father is a role model whether they want to be or not. A loving father is a role model for being loving and an absent father is a role model for avoiding responsibility. This lesson gives practical and real ways in which fathers can be positive role models for their children by walking them through their priorities in life.

Real Time: Many parents know that spending time with your child is important and this lesson makes that clear. But it goes beyond to say that time spent must be REAL. REAL is Relevant, Expected, Attentive and Loving. Using personal stories to introduce the topic this lesson will help fathers understand that their child needs them to be there for them, not just in the same area, but as involved parts of their children’s lives.

Being a Leader: Being a leader is important for every father – but what does a leader do? This lesson lays out the simple and practical ways a father can lead in providing, protecting and preparing and how being a leader involves working hard and serving others.

Being Consistent: Many kids have learned to hate promises. They’ve heard too many “sincere” promises that are never kept. Each time they get their hopes up and then get let down, they become a little harder. A father needs to change this by being there, keeping his word, ending excuses and apologizing/changing when needed.

Respect for Mothers: No one want to hear bad things said about their moms and children are even more sensitive to hearing their mother insulted. This lesson walks the father through the weaponized triangle that hurts the children when the mother is attacked. It deals practically and sympathetically to the situations of broken relationships, but it is also clear that attacking a child’s mother is harmful.

Discipline Foundation: Discipline is not all about punishment. Being a good father that disciplines correctly requires a Strong Hand and a Soft Heart and a Smart Head. A strong hand doesn’t allow bad behavior to continue, a soft heart understands the situation and gives grace where needed, and a smart head understands that issues are born of circumstances. Each of these is discussed on a practical level on how to have all of these in discipline for children

Spiritual Discipline: In every discipline situation a parent must Think, Teach, and Follow Through. This lesson covers practical and realistic responses to tantrums, hitting/fighting/pushing and disobedience. It also talks about behaviors which may be signs of something more that needs to be looked into deeper

Marriage

Choosing Marriage: (Spiritual) Many in our culture today view marriage as inconvenient and costly—outdated, unattainable, and maybe even the stuff of fantasy. Many have a “try before you buy” motto about relationships. But does this REALLY get you to where you want to be—in a relationship with the guy who wants to spend his life with you? In this video we will explore all that and talk about the best way to find the one who will commit to you, promise to love you, and who be there for you no matter what.
Language Warning: This video bleeps out some explicit language in the interviews, However, the understanding of the words is still apparent in the video.  ©2019

Staying Married (Women): Marriage is all about being committed - even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those thinking about marriage from the previous lesson. It gives them the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy.

Staying Married (Men): Marriage is all about being committed - even during the hard times. This lesson is to help those thinking about marriage from the previous lesson. It gives them the most basic tools from which they can find help and support to make their marriage healthy

Financial

Fighting The Impulse to Spend: Ever feel like you just can’t let another day go by without buying those sparkly Jimmy Choo’s to adorn your feet? Or maybe you can’t get through the checkout line without grabbing the snacks placed right at your eye level. Or when you feel like life is dealing you nines and tens in a hand of Show Low, does a little retail therapy call your name? Well sister, you’ve been played by the sneakiest of sneaksters! This video looks at how marketers keep us buying more stuff and spending all of our hard-earned cash before it even hits our bank account. You will learn tips to keep from being manipulated at the checkout line and how not to become a victim in retail marketing wars. Yes, you CAN fight the impulse to spend!

The Monster of Debt: Have you ever found yourself with too little cash and too many bills? The stress, worry, and restrictions of being unable to pay our bills brings can be simply overwhelming. Do you know this feeling? Debt is like being locked up in chains that are stronger than you and keep you tied up. You no longer have the freedom to do the things you want because you are chained to your debt. Have you become a prisoner to all the money you owe? Are you ready to do what it takes to be financially free? This video shows you how YOU can slay the monster of debt.

Credit Cards, Friend or Foe?: Are credit cards your best friend or your worse enemy? Can they make you or break you? Do they love you or hate you? Are they the bane of our existence or the salvation to our money woes? Is it possible that they can be both? This video puts credit cards in their proper perspective. And it talks about how if you are in debt or tempted to overspend because of them, then credit cards are just another tool being used to separate you from your hard-earned cash and financial goals!

Budgeting 101: Stay out of debt. Save for the future. Plan your big purchases. Live within your means. All great ideas, but how do you do it in reality? After all, you have monthly expenses, semi and annual expenses, and unforeseen expenses along the way. How do you plan all of this within a fixed monthly income? The answer is the budget. In this video we will look at how to make and maintain a simple budget and plan for most of your expenses so that you can avoid those unpleasant financial surprises at the end of the month.

Your Financial Future: You’ve gotten out of debt, managed your budget, put away the credit cards, and gotten control of your desire to spend. What’s next, you may ask? Is there something more to your financial future? In this video, we will simplify how to build a healthy financial future, take the confusion out of 401Ks, IRAs, and provide other tips on planning for financial stability.

Self-Care

Healing From Abuse: (Spiritual) Abuse damages hearts and souls. It lays down a layer of shame in which the wounded heart lays cocooned. What is shame? What is abuse? This video gets to the heart of abuse, the damage it creates and the distortion we have of ourselves as a result. It provides some practical tools to turn a wounded heart toward healing, and encourages an abuse survivor toward rebuilding her life. ©2011 

Relationship Loss: The feelings of pain and despair are real, and the loss of a relationship can feel extremely devastating. This video looks at how to cope with loss, the stages of grief, and how to pick up the pieces and start living again. ©2018

Healthy Boundaries (Women): A relationship can only be healthy if each partner understands and practices proper boundaries. This lesson stresses that each person is responsible for their own feelings, actions, and reactions - and they can choose to be in control.

Safety

Car Seat Safety: Parents are responsible for keeping their children safe, including traveling safely with them. Car seat recommendations and laws change and vary by state. Add to that the stress of figuring out which car seat is right for your child and car, and how to install and use it correctly. It can feel overwhelming for a parent making these important decisions. This video will help sort through the choices a parent has when faced with selecting the right car seat. It will also give tips on correctly installing a car seat, and where to go for help if it is too confusing. Finally, this video will cover how to correctly use the seat once installed so parents may feel confident their children are traveling safely.

Immunizations: Opinions about vaccines are easy to find and it is hard to know what to believe. This DVD uses CDC sources and documented studies to explore the truth about vaccines including: The History of Vaccines; How Vaccines are Made; Are Vaccines Safe; Common Ingredients in Vaccines; Do We Really Need Vaccinations; and Immunization Details.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Protecting their children from harm is every parent’s responsibility and concern. Finding out their children were sexually abused is a parent’s nightmare. Ninety percent of sexual abuse happens to victims who know and trust their abuser. So, what can you do to protect your child in a day and age where pornography is easily accessible and stranger danger is no longer your greatest threat? Are sleepovers still safe or should they be avoided? This video answers these questions and takes a close look at what child sexual abuse is, how to teach your children to be safe, how parents can spot potentially unsafe situations for their children, and what you should do if you suspect your child was abused. ©2017