5 week class for expectant parents or parents of a 0-4 month old
Preparation for Parenting is the first of an eight part series that has gained national and international recognition. With its parent-directed feeding strategy, this immensely sensible approach to newborn care comes with a worldwide appreciation of over three million parents and twice as many babies. The infant management plan offered by the Ezzos successfully helps infants synchronize and naturally organize their feed-wake and sleep rhythms. The result is a happy, healthy and contented baby who will begin sleeping through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age.
4 week class for parents of a 4-12 month old
It's reality-check time! You're at least four months into your tour of parenting and the complexity of child-training is starting to multiply. The learning fields of toddlerhood are cultivated during the Babyhood Transition phase, 5 months to a year. Now your baby's day is filled to overflowing with sensory stimulation and learning opportunities. How will you respond? Certainly not by abandoning that which has brought you so much success - your baby's routine. With age-appropriate modifications the three activities of your baby's day: feeding time, waketime and naptime expand with benefits and challenges. In their customary fashion the Ezzos lay out practical steps for successfully managing the growth challenges ahead. From introducing solid foods to introducing the playpen and eveything in between - it's all here for your baby's benefit and your peace of mind. Enjoy your pretoddler.
Preparation for the Toddler Years
4 week class for parents of a 12-18 month old
The period between twelve and eighteen months places a child on a one-way bridge. Infancy is a thing of the past and toddlerhood is straight ahead. A baby still? Not really, but neither is he a toddler and that is the key to understanding this phase of growth. This is a period of great change and whether you're ready or not, his natural inclination and challenge of "I do myself" will become increasingly apparent. Try taking something away and a scream of protest is likely. Remove your pretoddler from a dangerous object and his curiosity lures him right back. A favorite food suddenly becomes no-so-favorite and in a few months "No!" becomes the default word whether the child understands the question or not. How will you meet the unfolding growth challenges in the weeks and months ahead? Preparation for the Toddler Years provides answers by working through each new feeding time, waketime and naptime transition. The presentation is practical an the principles proven.
The Toddlerhood Transition
9 week class for parents of an 18-36 month old (with an optional 10th week on potty training)
As a parent of a toddler you probably discovered there are times when your little one will reject or strongly oppose your reasonable instructions. Usually, that is because a two year old possesses his own peculiar way of doing things which often runs contrary to that of Mom and Dad's wishes. So what will you do when his little hands, legs and mind take him to places he should not go? What can you do to keep your toddler on track and moving forward? The Toddlerhood Transitions series concerns itself with this brief but significant window of growth between eighteen and thirty-six months of age. Parents need all the help they can get, and equipping parents with useful knowledge that will generate confidence and competency is the primary goal of this series.
Growing Kids God's Way
18 week class for parents of a 3-13 year old
Growing Kids God's Way is a comprehensive values-based parenting curriculum. In the title the authors, Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo, place their emphasis on God's Way meaning the way of the Lord. We serve an ethical God. Moral rightness flows from His being. His moral law is a reflection of His holy character (Psalm 19:7). More than that, He has shown man what is good and what is required of him (Micah 6:8). Growing Kids God's Way can help any parent reach the heart of children with virtues and values that flow from the character of God and do it without stressing the child or the parents. Topics include:
- How to help children internalize virtues and values and how to help them practically live out the character of God in their life.
- What parents do to foster insecure children and how they can fix the problems that might now exist.
- How to say "I love you" to your children and spouse in such a way that each member actually feels the full sensation of parental love.
- How fathers build or undermine their children's sense of trust and confidence in parental leadership and how to build family loyalty and identity.
- What is true character and how do you teach your children to love and prefer each other?
- You will learn how not to raise amoral robot but a child moral sensibility.
- Learn what true biblical discipline is and what are the principles of fist time obedience.
- How to train right behavior into children so you will not have to spend unnecessary time correcting wrong behavior.
- How to successfully handle sibling conflict, temper tantrums, and the three sister sins: lying, cheating and stealing.
- How to instill that wonderful life-virtue of personal self-control and a a sense of personal responsibility.
6 week class for parents of an 8-12 year old
Parenting the Middle Years provides clear strategies to meet the changing needs of your eight to twelve year old child. Middle-years children go through a number of transitions as they move away from childhood structures and move toward those all-important adolescent years. Your children willno longer communicate the same way they did previously. Relationships with peers will begin to change. What the group thinks becomes important and members of the opposites sex swill start to become attractive. In short, your child is changing and maturing. How prepared are you for this critical transition period of life?
8 week class for parents of teenagers
Why do teenagers rebel? Is it due to hormones, a suppressed primal desire to stake out their own domain, or a natural predictable process of growth? To what extent do parents encourage or discourage the storm and stress of adolescence? Reaching the Heart of Your Teen looks at the many factors that make living with a teenager a blessing or a curse. It exposes the notions of secular myth and brings to light the proven how-to applications of building and maintaining healthy relationships with your teens. Whether you worry about your teen and dating or your teen and drugs, the principles of Reaching the Heart of Your Teen are appropriate and applicable for both extremes and everyone in between. They do work! Included in this series is discussion on:
- Healthy families with teens and what makes them strong.
- Understanding teenage rebellion for what it really is.
- The diminishing role of parental authority and increasing role of parental influence in the life of a teen.
- How to establish common moral ground with your teen.
- The do's and don'ts of parent-teen communication.
- How to influence peer pressure on our children.
- How to start over with a wayward teen.
- How to truly communicate love to your teen.
- Understanding why teens don't talk or listen.
- What methods of corrections work with teens.
- Issues related to dating and courtship, and much more.
Reflections of Moral Innocence
8 week class for parents with children of any age
In this series, the Ezzos answer some of the most challenging questions of parenting: "How can parents teach their children a biblical view of sexuality without overpowering the child's innocent senses?" The Ezzos believe that children should be allowed to be children as long as they can without being rushed into an adult world with sexual information that overpowers a child's naiveness. Included in eight sessions are discussions on: defining the parameters of sexual morality; protecting the sexual innocence of your children; gender predispositions and sexual behavior; parental example and its influence on a child's perception; how to answer the big questions that come from little (and not so little) people; what is the best way to communicate the facts of life to children without violating their innocence and much more.