What Makes a Good Parent? (03:20)
Compare idealized versus realistic parenting. Parents must provide accountability and structure, and be positive role models. Being present with children is important.
The Parenting Role: Guiding Your Child Today (03:41)
Negative child behavior is usually a reflection of family dysfunction. The challenge is to teach and influence, rather than punish or control.
The Parenting Role: Leaving a Legacy for Tomorrow (02:59)
Parents discuss adjusting expectations, breaking cycles of abandonment, and learning to accept when they echo their own parents.
Parenting, Not Perfection (02:29)
Parents should have confidence that they know their child best and avoid comparing themselves to other families. Children's mistakes are not always a reflection of parents. Parents discuss challenges.
The Benefits of Parenting (02:25)
Parents discuss gaining a sense of connection to a larger purpose, learning from their children, observing developmental phases, and finding joy in every day.
Parenting as Stepparents (03:31)
A recovering addict reflects on the recovery process and relating to his wife's children. Couples should discuss successful and unsuccessful strategies as the step-parent gains experience and continue communicating with biological parents.
Your Parenting Style (02:17)
Consider strengths and challenges in relationships, and logical, action, or organized personality types. One man shares learning to express love for his children.
When Parents have Different Styles (05:09)
Parents bring their childhood experiences to parenting; communication is important for consistency. One man's wife respects his commitment to following through with their children, even if she disagrees with the situation. Parents should identify individual approaches to find common ground.
Adapting Your Style to Your Child (02:44)
Parents share how they adjust their perspective and approach to their children's temperament. It is important to balance discipline with unconditional love.
An Overview of Child Development (02:26)
Hear descriptions of developmental phases from newborn to teenager, and learn about the parent's support role during the teenage years.
A Focus on Ages 0-5 (02:45)
Hear an overview of early child developmental phases as they relate to parenting.
Developmentally-Appropriate Activities and Expectations (03:49)
Young children should learn from real world activities and imagination, rather than passive screen time. Pediatricians recommend less than two hours daily for ages 3-5. Children should learn how to entertain themselves.
Moral Development of Children (04:04)
Lies generally reflect wishful thinking in early childhood, rather than manipulative behavior. Perspective and empathy do not solidify until school age; emotional development is mostly learned. Parents should help children internalize kindness, label feelings, and take perspective.
Discipline versus Punishment (06:43)
Children respond well to positive feedback. Discipline involves teaching logical consequences for behavior; punishment is an angry reaction that bypasses learning. Corporal punishment traumatizes children.
Parenting Your Child for the Future (02:46)
Parents share how they keep a long-term perspective while relating to their children.
Disciplining for Children's Differences (01:54)
Parenting requires periodic "reviews" of child behavior. One parent shares his sense of satisfaction when his daughters make decisions based on his guidance.
Agreeing on a Discipline Approach (02:36)
If parents openly communicate, children will not "play" the parents to get what they want. Chemical use causes parents to model manipulative behavior. Parents with different styles should try to reach a compromise.
Control versus Influence (02:31)
Yelling or fighting will not change situations; parents can control their reactions. Effective parenting means connecting to the child and understanding his or her perspective.
Handling your Child's Anger (02:28)
Sadness, hurt, and fear typically comprise anger; it is a call for love and connection. Parents responding with understanding, acceptance and affirmation create a safe place.
Getting a Child's Attention (04:40)
Strategies for engaging ADHD children include scheduling the day in short segments, having "meltdown" kits to create calm environments, and teaching after they calm down. Parents should help children identify anger or frustration triggers.
Explaining Addiction to your Children (04:35)
Hear age-appropriate ways to discuss chemical use; understanding varies at different developmental phases. It is important to be open, honest, and willing to try new strategies with teenagers.
Re-entering the Family after Treatment (03:47)
Although they may feel guilty for having neglected their children, parents should prioritize meetings and self-care. The patient should discuss personal changes and the adjustment process with family members, as well as asking for input when creating new behavior patterns.
Becoming the Parent Again (01:51)
Sometimes, children become the adult in the family and benefit from having control. Parents should talk about the change in dynamics with children and ask them for feedback.
Putting your Recovery First for Everyone (02:36)
American culture fosters competition to be the "perfect" parent. Parents neglect self-care for work and household, but children may model this later. People in recovery should prioritize staying sober while spending time with children. Many meetings offer daycare.
Remember HALT (01:50)
The acronym demonstrates why many people in recovery relapse. Family members and sponsors can help them recognize triggers and provide feedback.
Being a Consistent Parent (02:55)
A woman describes re-entering her daughter's life after five years and learning to be the parent, rather than a friend. She has forgiven herself and wants to stay healthy for her daughter.
Talking about your Children's Trauma (03:19)
Childhood trauma contributes to emotional stunting. Resilience depends on emotional support, open family communication, and learning to integrate traumatic events into adult life.
Children's Responses to Trauma (02:14)
People may live in fight-or-flight mode and perceive everything as potential trauma. Children may not distinguish major traumas from minor disappointments, and are more emotionally sensitive to challenges.
Creating a Sense of Self Safety (02:51)
Trauma victims feel constant danger. Hear ways to equip children to deal with daily challenges and control their reactions.
Credits: Confident Parenting in Recovery (00:48)
Credits: Confident Parenting in Recovery
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