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Parenting Videos

Achieve Success for Young Fathers: Deciding to Succeed - Your Baby Needs You
(1997) 15 minutes 

Part of an inspiring documentary video series that gives young men the encouragement and practical skills they need to succeed as fathers. This video covers coming to a decision to respect yourself and your baby and be the best dad you can be, and the joys of being a father.

Achieve Success for Young Fathers: Practical Skills - How to do Baby Care

Part of an inspiring documentary video series that gives young men the encouragement and practical skills they need to succeed as fathers. This video covers babies' sleep and feeding schedules, appropriate play, dealing with crying, health and safety issues, and special help for handling visitation.

Achieve Success for Young Fathers: Responsible Fatherhood - Taking Control of Your Future

Part of an inspiring documentary video series that gives young men the encouragement and practical skills they need to succeed as fathers. This video covers the importance of finishing school, getting help with starting a career, and taking sexual responsibility to secure your own and your child's future.

Achieve Success for Young Fathers: Successful Communication - How to Talk and Listen

Part of an inspiring documentary video series that gives young men the encouragement and practical skills they need to succeed as fathers. This video covers how to talk with the mother of your baby, her parents, and your parents. Also includes using communication skills to avoid potential conflicts.

Amazing Talents of the Newborn
(1998) 30 minutes 

Integrates the experiences of new parents with recent research on infant�s abilities and sensitivities covering topics such as attachment, the senses and states of consciousness.

Bear in the Big Blue House Potty Time with Bear

This video for teaching little ones about the potty is one of the most successful because kids can easily relate to the characters from the popular series Bear in the Big Blue House. Even though each character has a specific problem (asking for permission, fear of the unknown, bathroom etiquette), the video scores points for the gentleness and calm it communicates to kids. Ages: 2-5

Begin With Love
(2000) 30 minutes 

This video focuses on your relationship with your infant in the first three months of life. Based on the latest research in early childhood development, the video highlights five guidelines that will help all new parents create a responsive and enriching environment for their young baby � the key to helping her learn about her new world.

Big Changes, Big Choices - Getting Along with Parents
30 minutes (Grade 5-9)

As adolescents begin to take charge of their lives, their relationships with their parents change. This program teaches kids what they can do to make the changes as smooth as possible. Video discussion guide included. Grade level: 5-9

Big Changes, Big Choices - Speaking of Sex
30 minutes (Grade 5-9)

This program sends young adolescents the message that abstinence from sexual activity is normal and desirable at their age and teaches them why. Video discussion guide included. Grade level: 5-9

Building Blocks 1: Handling Anger, Temper Tantrums and Sibling Rivalry Effectively
(1996) 20 minutes 

Building Blocks Parenting Series (Tape 1 of 5) Objectives: To enable parents to prepare children for the arrival of new siblings. To discover ways to minimize sibling rivalry. To realize the benefits and drawbacks of sibling rivalry. To understand triggers to children's anger. To empower parents by providing safe and appropriate ways to deal with preschoolers' anger.

Building Blocks 5: Working Parents and Your Preschooler
(1996) 20 minutes 

This video suggests ways to successfully balance career and family responsibilities, shares tips on avoiding the "separation blues", empowers parents and children with coping skills to deal with divorce, provides parents with child care options and addresses safety concerns regarding daycare.

Catch 'em Being Good!
(1988) 10 minutes 

Boys Town videos for parents offer practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. Shows parents how to break the cycle of criticism and concentrate on the good things their children are doing, thereby making everyone in the family happier. Dramatized vignettes offer realistic examples of how to share your positive feelings with your children in a way that will motivate them to please you again.

Children of Single Parents: Where'd My Other Parent Go?
(1995) 20 minutes 

This video looks at the many different kinds of single parenting families prevalent today. Emphasizing understanding and listening skills, the show encourages parents to understand there is a grieving process for the child whether the loss is through divorce or death. It also encourages respect for the child's feelings for the relationship with the other parent in the separation/divorce process.

Communicating with Preschool Children
(1995) 15 minutes 

Good communication skills are often forgotten when the person you're talking with is still not quite able to put into words how she is feeling and so instead resorts to crying and tantrums. This video is useful to parents, grandparents and teachers who would like to be better communicators and have more successful conversations with preschoolers.

Divorce Can Happen to the Nicest People
(1990) 30 minutes 

Divorce is a difficult subject to talk about at the best of times and almost impossible at the time when talking is most needed. This video helps take the mystery and pain out of this difficult time and does so with the directness your children require and the care they deserve.

Early Infant Care
(2001) 30 minutes 

This sensitive and caring video, helps you see how to care for and protect baby's skin while nurturing a loving relationship. You will learn about: early stages of infant care, skin conditions, first bath, and bringing newborn home.

Families of All Shapes: Where Did You Come From?
(1995) 20 minutes 

For teenagers, fitting in is a high priority. Often it's easy to feel self conscious, embarrassed, or bad if your family is different from the rest. This video deals with feelings surrounding the family unit. The ability to learn from family situations and then being able to evaluate likes and dislikes is another focus of this video designed to link the family, whatever the shape and size, together.

30 minutes 

The complexities of modern living even affect the once simple joy of grandparenting. Features interviews with grandparents who discuss the various facets of today's family life as well as the grandparents' important contributions.

Help Your Child Make Good Decisions
(2000) 40 minutes 

Learning to make their own decisions can boost children's self-esteem, but it's not always easy for parents to stand back and let them do it. This program leads parents through short scenarios designed to teach them how to balance their own need to stay in control with helping their children learn age-appropriate decision-making skills.

Hey, What About Me?
25 minutes 

This program effectively touches on a youngster's concerns of a new addition to his family. This is a wonderful, enjoyable tape to view together as a family, whether the viewer is expecting a baby or has just recently delivered.

I Can Be Responsible!/Raising Responsible Children
(2000) 25 minutes 

Using true-to-life situations, captivating animated characters, and lively songs, program challenges children to decide on responsible courses of action. Gives children a fun-filled forum in which to consider questions of personal responsibility: taking care of themselves; helping out at home, keeping up in school; being a responsible friend. For children in grades K-4. (Part of a Companion Video Set. This two-video set takes an innovative and insightful approach to parent education. One video is for parents, the other for children. Together they reinforce the message and create a powerful tool for parents.)

I Can't Decide! What Should I Do?
(1988) 15 minutes 

Making good decisions for children is as important as teaching them to make sound decisions for themselves. This video shows parents how to teach the Situation-Options-Disadvantages-Advantages-Solution approach to problem solving to their children.

Invasion of the Steppeople - Getting Along With Your Stepfamily
(1998) 17 minutes 

Blended families are very common, but in most cases they mix like oil and water. This video explores the very real issues that occur in blending families, including jealousy, resentment, unfavorable comparisons and discipline. It offers some positive steps on how children and adults can peacefully co-exist in stepfamilies.

Learning to Communicate
15 minutes (Gr 3-5)

Helps children develop the communication skills that will make them clearer speakers and better listeners. Featuring vignettes close to student experience, hands on workshop teaches the basics of effective communicating including the importance of body language and tone of voice and the need to avoid communication roadblocks. Pauses at key points offer the opportunities for children to participate in activities and role plays designed to improve communication skills. Grade level: 3-5.

My Brother Bit Me! Parenting Siblings
(1998) 19 minutes 

Emphasizes skills on: How to prevent fighting among siblings without becoming an umpire. How to prepare a child to become the older sibling. How to give children individual attention without playing favorites.

My Child is a Pleasure
53 minutes 

This video is for parents to help their children learn and make decisions by thinking about the kind of persons they want to be rather than behaving to avoid consequences or for rewards.

Negotiating Within the Family
(1990) 14 minutes 

Research has shown children are more likely to be successful when they have specific goals. This video teaches parents to use a simple written agreement to help their children identify and achieve realistic, personal goals.

Oh Baby! A Guide for Big Brothers and Big Sisters
(1994) 30 minutes 

What sleeps all day, cries all night, and drools all over? New babies do! Follow Gus on his quest to show his animal friends just how awful new babies can be until he finds out HIS family is about to bring home a new baby. With the help of his animal friends, Gus finds out that babies aren't as bad as he thought. This program is designed to be viewed by children expecting the arrival of a new baby to teach them what to expect. Extra - Those Baby Blues: A guide for parents of new siblings. 30 minutes

Parenting Adolescents
(1995) 27 minutes (Grade 9-Adult)

This program is designed to help parents prepare for the vigorous test of the teen years. Parents will learn to guide a teen through maturity and identify development changes. The program discusses methods to balance freedom while teaching responsibility and strengthen the relationship between parent and adolescent. Comes with Facilitator's Guide. Grade level: 9-adult

Parenting Puzzle: It Takes Two: Shared Parenting
(1996) 25 minutes 

Shared parenting is not easy. The work is demanding and trying, and parents are often tempted to take their frustrations out on each other. Parents are encouraged to develop their own parenting skills.

Parenting Puzzle: The Wee Hours: Waking & Crying at Night
(1996) 25 minutes 

There seems to be growing agreement that infants learn to wake up and cry, and if they can learn to cry for attention, they can also learn to go back to sleep.

Parenting Puzzle: Trouble in Paradise: Temper Tantrums
(1996) 25 minutes 

Between the ages of one and four, most children will have tantrums. Children at this age are growing and learning so rapidly they collide with things they are not capable of doing and things they are not allowed to do. Parents should make it clear that even in a tantrum, destructive or potentially injurious behaviors are not permitted.

Parenting Puzzle: Watch Your Step: Putting Away Toys
(1996) 25 minutes 

The problems and solutions that may be happening when you ask your child to pick up and practical ideas for helping a child do the job.

Perfection: The Pressure on Parents and Children
(1998) 56 minutes 

Many parents wonder whether they are adequately preparing their children for the realities of growing up and becoming productive members of society. This program examines the following issues and more: Are children better off being raised in smaller families? What is the father/child relationship supposed to be today? How do working mothers and child-care impact child rearing?

Power of Choice - Communicating with Parents
30 minutes (Grade 9-12)

What teens can do to get parents to listen and understand in ways that are helpful for everyone. Grade level: 9-12

Power of Choice - Raising your Parents
30 minutes (Grade 9-12)

Understanding the changes in relationships with parents as teens gain maturity and independence. Grade level: 9-12

Promoting Wholesome Sibling Relationships
(1990) 12 minutes 

As long as there are siblings, there will be conflict. This video explores the underlying motives for sibling rivalry and presents four steps to handle it effectively.

Raising Non-Violent Children in Violent Times
(2000) 18 minutes 

This video examines the risk factors for youth violence and discusses what parents can do keep their children from moving toward a violent lifestyle.

Single Parenting
30 minutes 

Explores all the difficulties and joys of being a single parent. Both single mothers and fathers give their advice from their own experiences on what works and what to watch out for. The children of single parents reveal their true feelings by discussing pictures they have drawn. This is an excellent guide to the complexities of single parenting.

Sleep Like A Baby
(2000) 30 minutes 

Getting your baby to fall and stay asleep is a concern for all new parents. This program helps you resolve sleep issues with your baby, so you can get a good night's sleep. It not only provides practical tools, but also helps parents deal with emotional issues, including safety concerns.

Successful Parenting - The Basics
(1997) 17 minutes 

This practical, entertaining video shows parents how to help their children succeed at school. It covers parental involvement, parent-teacher conferences, communication, conflict and offers specific suggestions by grade level.

Surviving Your Adolescents
(1999) 2 hours 

This program offers parents a step-by-step approach to help deal with and solve the issues associated with teenage behavior. Learn what is normal behavior, how to manage teenage risk-taking, what problems require professional attention, what problems require "letting go" and the five ways to improve your teenage/parent relationship. Ages: 13-18

Taking Charge of your Tv
(1997) 5 minutes 

In this 1997 video, Rosie O'Donnell talks about simple steps families can take to control the impact of commercialism and violence on television. Rosie describes four key critical viewing concepts and gives examples of how families can "take charge" of their TVs. Further information and more tips are included on the video jacket. Taking Charge of Your TV was produced in consultation with the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association.

Teen-Parent Conflict: Making Things Better
30 minutes (Grade 7-12)

Helps teenagers understand the nature of teen-parent conflict and offers techniques for dealing with it. Shows students that the more they act like adults, the more their parents will treat them as adults. Deals with the issue of trust and teaches the skills of negotiation as a technique for resolving conflict. Grade level: 7-12

The Parenting Puzzle: The Middle Years - Like the Blades of Scissors
27 minutes 

Solving problems and handling parent-child disagreements.

The Parenting Puzzle: The Middle Years - Tell Me More
27 minutes 

Communicating with young people.

The Parenting Puzzle: The Middle Years - The Power of Example
27 minutes 

Modeling how to behave when making mistakes and when experiencing strong emotions.

Toilet Training Your Child
27 minutes 

Dr. Brazelton answers such questions as: When is my child ready? What are the keys to toilet training? and Should I pressure my child to use the potty?

Touchpoints - Pregnancy, Birth and the First Weeks of Life
(1991) 47 minutes 

This volume covers issues concerning pregnancy, delivery, newborn assessment and the work of attachment, and crying and calming and the process of becoming a family.

Touchpoints - The First Month through the First Year
(1991) 45 minutes 

Dr. Brazelton defines Touchpoints as periods of time that precede a rapid growth in learning for both parent and child, critical to future development. This volume covers issues concerning communication and adjusting to being a parent (1-4 months), cognitive and motor development, feeding and sleeping (5-8 months), and negativism, tantrums and teasing (12-15 months).

You Can Be A Better Parent In 30 Minutes
30 minutes (Age 6-12)

This-easy-to-watch, self-help video addresses 10 critical parenting problems faced by parents of 6 to 12 year old children and offers easily learned practical solutions. Important topics covered: how to get children to follow directions, how to get children to behave in public, how to help children do better in school, how to get children to do their chores, what to do if discipline causes more problems and much more.

You Want Me to Help with Housework? No Way!
(1988) 14 minutes 

In this video, parents learn a systematic way to teach children to help out more around the house. Dramatized vignettes illustrate how having children share in household responsibilities builds their self-esteem and gives today's busy parents more time to enjoy their families.

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