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Parenting Courses

A number of courses are available to help parents with raising their kids for all ages from before birth through to the teens years and beyond.  These courses are facilitated by experienced people, most of whom have been accredited by Growing Families Australia.  Courses usually run in a home setting with groups of up to 14 people but can be run in other ways and settings if the need arises.

For an overview of the age groups that each course is applicable to,
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Preparation for Parenting

Preparation for Parenting is the first of a seven part series that has gained national and international recognition for its immensely sensible approach to newborn care. From friend to friend, city to city, state to state, and nation to nation, the positive message of happy, healthy, contented babies, sleeping through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age, continues to increase in global popularity. Having reached into millions of homes, the Ezzos' message brings clarity, hope and the benefits that come when parents create a home environment filled with order, routine and predictability. For newborns, this translates into a world of love, security and true connectedness to Mom and Dad.

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Babyhood Transitions

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 everything in between--it's all here for your baby's benefit and your peace of mind. Enjoy your pretoddler.

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Preparation for the Toddler Years

You and your baby work to blow out his first birthday candle while Aunt Carol announces, "He's a toddler now!" Not so fast! The period between twelve and eighteen months places a child on a one-way bridge leaving infancy behind and heading straight for the toddler years. A baby still? Not really, but neither is he a toddler and that is the key to understanding this phase of growth. The next six months is season of exchange: baby food is exchanged for table food; formula for whole milk; bottle for sippy cup; the highchair for a booster seat; feeding himself with his fingers replaced by a spoon and fork; babbling talk to speaking, and the first unsteady steps are taken over by strides of confidence. Your pretoddler graduated infancy with a mind of his own and whether you're ready or not, his natural inclination and challenge of "I do it myself" will become part of his and your day. In this series Gary and Anne Marie provide principles, strategies and step by step guidance that will help parent and child make a smooth transition from babyhood to toddlerhood.

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Toddlerhood Transitions

The Toddlerhood Transition series focuses on a brief but significant window of growth, a vibrant period of your childs life, from eighteen to thirty six months of age. This eighteen month period is an amazing, spontaneous, engaging yet challenging time for the emergent child and his parents. That is because toddlers have their own peculiar way. They begin speaking full sentences and throwing full tantrums, deep hilarious laughing and a lack of impulse control. They can provide the best fun and the worst behavior. They can also make you feel like the best Mom one minute and the worst, the next. Learning how to manage your toddlers day, while encourage learning and discouraging behavior in need of future correction is a primary goal of The Toddlerhood Transition series.

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Parenting from the Tree of Life (Part1) Life, Children and Relationships

   It has been said that there are two significant moments in life. The first is the moment you are born; the second is the moment you discover why you were born. The Life Series does more than recognize this truth; it embraces it. Parenting from the Tree of Life is not an easy task, in this age of uncertainty, where declining cultural values put enormous stress on families, especially on those parents who still believe there are standards of right and wrong and everyday courtesies worth instilling into their children. Be encouraged: parenting from a Life perspective, to say the least, is life-changing. Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo present a persuasive argument for raising children in a life-giving home environment.

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Parenting from the Tree of Life(Part2) Life, Children and Character

   Part one of the Life Series stressed the relational components associated with child training that lead to healthy outcomes. Now in part two, the focus shifts to the moral education of children. Over the next six visits, Gary and Anne Ezzo, along with Rich and Julie Young, will demonstrate how young children learn moral lessons, internalize meaningful values, and then translate them into social skills. Raising children who are kind, courteous, respectful, cooperative, confident and sensitive to the needs of others, is not a wish list from never-never land, but the consistent outcomes that have followed the Ezzos teaching for over thirty years. However, they would be the first to warn that such moral outcomes take time, effort, patience, and a commitment from parents to rise above the cultural tide of mediocrity. The formula for helping children acquire the motivation and conviction to choose right over wrong, good over evil, excellence over mediocrity, and initiative over apathy is contained within the next six visits.

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Parenting from the Tree of Life (Part 3) Life, Children, Encouragement and Correction

As a mom or dad you probably have come to realize there are times when your sweet child will reject or strongly oppose your reasonable instructions. Usually, this happens because your child doesn’t know your instructions are reasonable. What can and should you do to keep your son or daughter on track and moving forward? We suggest you guide with instruction, motivate with encouragement and establish necessary boundaries through correction. There are a number of corrective strategies parents can use to their advantage, but ultimately the best form of parental correction is prevention. There is no better way to deal with behavioral problems than by preventing them from happening in the first place. Much of what we have already discussed in the first twelve visits speaks to the positive, preventative side of training. Yet, the reality remains, correction will still be necessary. The good news is this: understanding the working components of instruction, encouragement and correction will help keep your little one on track and heading in the right direction.

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Growing Kids Gods Way

Growing Kids Gods 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 Gods 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.

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Parenting the Middle Years

The middle years, eight to twelve years of age, are perhaps the most significant attitude-forming period in the life of a child. It is during this time that the roots of moral character are established. From the foundation that is formed, healthy or not-so-healthy family relationships will be built. These are the years when patterns of behavior are firmly established patterns that will impact your parent-child relationship for decades to come. Rightly meeting the small challenges of the middle years significantly reduces the likelihood of big challenges in the teen years. In other words, the groundwork you lay during your child's middle years will forever impact your relationship even long after he or she is grown.

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Reaching the Heart of your Teens

Why do teenagers rebel? Is it due to hormones, a suppressed primal desire to stake out their own domain, or a natural and 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 Along the Adolescent Way are appropriate and applicable for both extremes and everyone in between. They do work!

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Reflections of Moral Innocence

Reflections of Moral Innocence is a study in the basics of human sexuality, especially the developing sexuality of our children. The Ezzos believe it is right to let children be children as long as they can, and believe it is wrong to rush children into adulthood through the medium of premature sexual knowledge. There is no faster way to rob a child of the innocence of childhood than inappropriate sex education. Children only get one childhood. What are you doing to protect it? This series discusses the practical how-to's of sex education and much more. By the end of this series you should have the confidence of knowing how, what, and when to communicate biological truth to your children with biblical values attached without fearing that you are giving your children too much or too little information.

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On Becoming Childwise

Learn how you and your church might use this series to reach your neighbors, schools, and communities through the medium of parenting. This very practical vehicle will help you take the Christian worldview into the public sector-including public schools, boys and girls clubs, hospitals, community centers, or any setting where young parents live, work, and play. The series is taught in a language that the average parent can understand and presented in a format that will keep them coming back week after week.

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