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"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:  “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”  And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."   

Ephesians 6:1-4  NKJV

   IHS-WA.net       Parenting Resources

 

From time to time, various Christian Brethren Assemblies have had or are running the 'Growing Kids God's Way' parenting course or one of the other parenting courses from Growing Families Australia. These programs for parents are highly recommended for ALL parents and children's ministries personnel (including school education workers) and have had a terrific response when local churches have provided these courses for their members and for the wider community in their area.

 

Please feel free to talk to one of your church elders or pastor, or the person heading up the family programs, if you need help in your parenting and they will be able to assist you and link you up to others that may be able to help and share advise. If you are new to this huge task called 'parenting', or feel a bit overwhelmed, we recommend getting hold of one of the excellent "On Becoming..." series paperback books shown below. They have lots of good old-fashioned advise that is age appropriate for whatever stage you are at with your family. These are available at christian bookstores, some secular bookshops, or through the Growing Families Australia office.

 

 

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Try one of these million-seller 'On Becoming...' series paperbacks

that are loaded with practical application to assist you in the huge and privileged task

of parenting your child, no matter where you are in the process.

 

 

On Becoming BIRTHWISE     (Pre-Birth to Birth)

Medical research continually develops better ways to manage labour and delivery for healthy outcomes. With all of the choices, theories, and plethora of ideas available today, it’s a challenge for expectant parents to know where to turn for wise counsel. Where will you turn for help? On Becoming Birthwise has reliable answers for you. As an outgrowth of a childbirth course created in 1989 by a group of health-care providers knowledgeable and skilled in labour and delivery, (and now with over seventy years of collective hospital and clinical experience behind them), this resource is a must-read for every expectant parent. Our authors explore the medical options available from high-tech intervention to natural childbirth. You will grow in your understanding and appreciation of the physical and emotional transitions taking place during pregnancy and at each stage of labour. Similar to the other seven books in our series, On Becoming Birthwise is informative, practical, and easily understood. Perhaps most importantly, this book is written from the hearts of moms who are also medical professionals. We are pleased to add this book to our parenting series. We have read many glowing post-delivery reports, we have listened to mums and dads speak with confidence and satisfaction of their birthing experience, and we know this resource will serve to encourage you through the miraculous process of bringing forth a new life.

 

 

 

On Becoming BABYWISE    (From Birth to Eight Months)

The infant management concepts presented in this book have found favour with over two million parents and twice as many contented babies. On Becoming Babywise brings hope to the tired and bewildered parents looking for an alternative to sleepless nights and fussy babies. The Babywise Parent Directed Feeding concept has enough structure to bring security and order to your baby's world, yet enough flexibility to give mum freedom to respond to any need at any time. It teaches parents how to lovingly guide their baby's day rather than be guided or enslaved to the infant's unknown needs. The information contained within On Becoming Babywise is loaded with success. Comprehensive breast-feeding follow-up surveys spanning three countries prove this method. The average breast-fed PDF baby sleeps continuously through the night, seven to eight hours between weeks seven and nine. Healthy sleep in infants is analogous to healthy growth and development. Find out for yourself why a world of parents and paediatricians utilise the concepts detailed here. CHINESE version available.

 

 

See also the support DVD for On Becoming Babywise Book 1 - Babywise Bliss here.

 

 

 

 

 

On Becoming BABYWISE II - The NEXT STEP     (From Five Months to Fifteen Months)

It's reality-check time! You are at least five months into your tour of parenting duty by now. The complexity of child-training has begun to come into focus. Feeding time, wake time and sleep time provide wonderful opportunities for training and Babywise Book II will guide you all the way, from the high chair to playpen, from the living room to the back yard, the practical side of introducing solids food, managing mealtimes, nap transitions, travelling with your infant, setting reasonable limits while encouraging healthy exploration, and much more. Learn how to teach your child to use sign language for basic needs, a tool proven to help stimulate cognitive growth and advance communication. CHINESE version available.

 

 

 

 

 

On Becoming PRE-TODDLERWISE    (Parenting the 12-18 Month Olds)

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. Take a couple of photos because the child leaving infancy will not resemble the child entering toddlerhood six months down the road. This is a time of metamorphosis when his potential for learning seems limitless, his budding curiosity unquenchable and his energy level never seems to diminish. Whether you're ready or not your pretoddler's 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 him from a dangerous object and his curiosity lures him right back. A favourite food suddenly becomes no-so-favourite 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? From America's best selling authors, On Becoming Pre-Toddlerwise give trustworthy advice you can count on.

 

 

 

 

On Becoming TODDLERWISE    (Parenting the Second Year)

There is no greater fulfilment a parent can receive than the upturned face of a toddler, eyes speaking wonders and a face of confidence in discovering a brand new world with Mum and Dad. In just over a year, the helpless infant emerges as a little moving, talking, walking, exploratory person marked by keen senses, clear memory, quick perceptions and unlimited energy. He emerges into a period of life know affectionately as the Toddler Years. How ready are you for this new experience? The toddler years are the learning fields and you need a trust worthy guide to take you through the unfolding maze of your child’s developing world. On Becoming Toddlerwise is a tool chest of workable strategies and ideas that multiplies your child’s learning opportunities in a loving and nurturing way. This resource is as practical as it is informative. With over two million homes to their credit, trusted parenting authors Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam bring their collective wisdom, experience, and insights to bear on this critical phase of growth and development. From first steps to potty training made easy and everything in between, it is all here for you.

 

 

 

On Becoming PRESCHOOLWISE    (Parenting the Preschool Child)

Optimising Educational Outcomes  -  What The Preschoolers Need To Learn

Who can understand the mind of a preschooler? You can! Know that above all else, a preschooler is a learner. His amazing powers of reasoning and discrimination are awakened through a world of play and imagination. Through home relationships, he learns about love, trust, comfort, and security; through friends he learns to measure himself against a world of peers; and through unconditional love, a child establishes his own unique selfhood. The growth period between ages three and five years is all about learning, and On Becoming Preschoolwise is all about helping parents create the right opportunities and best environment to optimize their child’s learning potential. Now influencing over two million homes worldwide, trusted parenting authors Gary Ezzo and Dr. Robert Bucknam once again bring their collective wisdom, experience, and insight to bear on this critical phase of preschool training. From teaching about the importance of play to learning how to prepare a preschooler for the first day of school, from organizing your child’s week to understanding childhood fears and calming parental anxiety, sound advice and practical application await the reader. You will find this resource as practical as it is informative, curative as much as it is encouraging.

 

 

 

 

On Becoming CHILDWISE    (From Three to Seven Years)

As a child moves beyond the toddler years, new challenges arise for parents. Be prepared for this exciting stage with fifteen "On Becoming Childwise" principles for training children in happy and responsible living. Nurture your child's uniqueness while setting loving boundaries on his/her world, and sow the seed for a rich harvest in the teen years ahead.

 

See also On Becoming Childwise, The Series
parenting curriculum for Home,
School & Community.

 

 

 

 

 

On Becoming PRETEENWISE    (From Eight to Twelve Years)

Discover active listening and personal influence work better than parental dictates. Pre-Teenwise offers clear strategies for parenting pre-adolescent children, including insulating them from harmful peer pressure, encouraging harmony at home, and building future friendships with grown children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Becoming TEENWISE     (Through the Teen Years)

Take these parenting experts' family "reality test" and find out where your developing youth's priorities now focus. Learn to say "I love you" in the language your teen speaks. This final book in the series helps parents learn how to move past current struggles and start over with credibility, prevent teenage rebellion in the future, and determine how to build lasting parent-teen friendships, starting today.  

 

See also the On Becoming Teenwise Program

parenting curriculum for Home,

School & Community.

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you like me? Check Yes or No. Often, our insecurities cause us to question if we are truly loved by someone.

 

 

 

 

 

These are the 9 Core Parenting Programs from Growing Families Australia

If your church is not running any of these great courses - ASK THEM TO!

- Click the program brochure to see more details -

Preparation

For Parenting

 

Along the

Infant Way

 

(Birth to Six Months of Age) 

 

 

 

Preparation For Parenting (PFP) is authored by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. If you are expecting a baby or you have an infant, then this series will help you and your family get off on the right foot. Topics include: Establishing a biblical mindset for parenting. What causes an infant to become insecure? Understanding your infant's biological clock. The when, how and why of breast and bottle feeding. Why is routine part of God's universal order? What is Parent-Directed Feeding? The role of Dad in infant parenting. Why babies can sleep through the night in eight weeks. Understanding your baby's cry. The infant management concepts presented in this series have found favour with over two million parents and twice as many contented babies.

Preparation

for the

Toddler Years

 

Along the Toddler Way

 

(From Six Months to Three Years of Age)

  

Preparation For The Toddler Years (PTY) is authored by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. Builds on Preparation for Parenting and assists in establishing right learning patterns by the development of three life skills: sitting, focusing and concentrating. Topics include: How to rightly deal with common mealtime problems. How to avoid development deprivation. The importance of structure and free playtime. The basics of biblical discipline, setting boundaries. Five principles of instruction. How to teach your baby basic sign language. This series teaches the practical side of introducing solid foods, managing mealtimes, nap transitions, travelling with your infant, setting reasonable limits while encouraging healthy exploration.

Growing Kids

God's Way

 

Along the Virtuous Way

 

(Three Years

of Age to

Pre-teens)

  

 

Growing Kids God's Way (GKGW) 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). GKGW 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. Utilised by more than 8,000 churches and schools worldwide and serving over a million households, there is a reason why the GKGW curriculum is so popular: it's practical and the applications work.

Preparation

for Adolescence

 

Along the Middle Years Way

 

(Eight to Twelve Years of Age)

  

Preparation for Adolescence (PFA)  is authored by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. You can safely guide your child into the teen years without rebellion or hassles. You will experience unity, love and joy. Topics include: How to raise God honouring, morally responsive children. Raising children who can resist peer pressure. Lead by your influence, instead of authority. Teach children "empathy" for others. How to teach your child the value of hard work. How to be a good listener. 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.

Reaching the Heart of Your Teen

 

Along the Adolescent Way

 

(From Twelve Years of Age Upwards)

 

Reaching the Heart of Your Teen (RHYT) is authored by Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo. Offers hope to families challenged by the pressure of living with an adolescent, with practical steps to maintain family harmony and love that will last a lifetime. 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? Whether you worry about your teen and dating or your teen and drugs, the principles of RHYT are appropriate and applicable for both extremes and everyone in between. They do work!

Reflections of Moral Innocence

 

Along the Innocent Way

 

(From Three Years of Age Upwards)

  

 

Reflections of Moral Innocence (ROMI) defines the parameters of morality & protecting the moral innocence of your children. God's purpose for sex & marital intimacy. Body parts and what to call them. When the big questions come from little people. What is the pro-active indirect method of sex education. Marriage bed defilers... and much more. Along the Innocent Way 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?

BIBLICAL PARENTING PRINCIPLES FOR THE CLASSROOM

Establishing Congruency Between Home and School

 

(School staff development curriculum)


Biblical Parenting Principles for the Classroom (BPPC) is a professional development kit for school teachers and staff for establishing congruency between home and school in the training of children. This Australian program is aimed at school staff development, to compliment what the parents of their students are learning and implementing from the Growing Families core parenting programs. It was derived from Growing Kids God's Way material being used in Biblical parenting programs across Australia and since then the material has been presented in a number of school situations with great success. Learn how you and your church might use this series to reach your neighbours, schools, and communities through the medium of parenting. This very practical vehicle will help you take the biblical worldview into the public sector-including public schools. The program is taught in a language that the average parent can understand.
 

ON BECOMING CHILDWISE, THE SERIES

Curriculum for the Home, Classroom & Community


(For Parents of children aged 15 months through Primary School)


On Becoming Childwise, The Series is a 10 session video based program for all diligent parents, providing clear strategies for parenting that have proven successful and effective worldwide, for more than four million households. It provides parents a clear pathway to influencing and raising emotionally balanced, intellectually assertive, and morally sensible children. It’s an essential guide for the adventurous primary school years. Learn how you and your church might use this series to reach your neighbours, schools, and communities through the medium of parenting. This very practical vehicle will help you take the biblical worldview into the public sector-including public schools, boys and girls clubs, community centres, 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.

ON BECOMING TEENWISE PROGRAM

Building a Relationship that Lasts a Lifetime


(A program for Parents of Teens and Pre-teens)


On Becoming Teenwise looks at the many factors that make living with a teenager a delight, or a constant struggle and disappointment. It brings hope to families challenged by the pressure of living with a teen. Practical steps are offered to rebuild and maintain family harmony and a loving relationship that can last a lifetime. This parenting program is based on one book of the series of world best-selling paperbacks, “On Becoming Teenwise”. On Becoming Teenwise is a 12 session parent-teen education program designed primarily for parents of teens and pre-teens. This is not a video-based program as all sessions of On Becoming Teenwise have been designed to be presented in person.
Learn how you and your church might use this series to reach your neighbours, schools, and communities through the medium of parenting. This very practical vehicle will help you take the biblical worldview into the public sector-including public schools, boys and girls clubs, community centres, or any setting where young parents live, work, and play.

 

 

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