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The Nurturing Parent

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  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started & Assessment
    Description and Orientation
  3. Change, Growth and Letting Go
  4. My Life Script
  5. Nurturing Parenting
    Nurturing as a Lifestyle
  6. Nurturing Skills Rating Scale
  7. Cultural Parenting Traditions
    My Cultural Portrait
  8. Developing Spirituality in Parenting
    Ways to Increase Spirituality
  9. Making Good Choices
    Smoking and My Child's Health
  10. Families & Alcohol Use
  11. Families and Alcohol Use Questionnaire
  12. 12 Steps to Keeping Children Drug Free
  13. Self-Awareness Quiz
  14. Love, Sex, STDs and AIDS
  15. Dating, Love and Rejection
  16. Touch, Personal Space, and Date Rape
  17. Possessive and Violent Relationships
  18. Growth and Development of Children
    Children's Brain Development
  19. The Male and Female Brain
  20. Ages & Stages: Appropriate Expectations
  21. Ages & Stages: Infant Development
  22. Ages & Stages: Toddler Development
  23. Ages & Stages: Preschooler Development
  24. Ages & Stages: Skills Strips
  25. Feeding Young Children Nutritious Foods
  26. Toilet Training
  27. Keeping My Children Safe
  28. The Importance of Touch
    The Importance of Parent/Child Touch
  29. Infant & Child Massage (Refer to the Nurturing Book for Babies and Children)
  30. Developing Empathy
    Developing Empathy
  31. Getting My Needs Met
  32. Myths and Facts About Spoiling Your Children
  33. Recognizing and Understanding Feelings
    Helping Children Learn How to Handle Their Feelings
  34. "Feelings" Exercise
  35. Criticism, Confrontation and Rules for "Fair Fighting"
  36. Problem Solving, Decision Making, Negotiation and Compromise
  37. Managing and Communicating Feelings
    Understanding and Handling Stress
  38. Understanding and Expressing Anger
  39. Understanding Discipline
    Improving Self-Worth
  40. Measuring My Self-Worth
  41. Children's Self-Worth
  42. Ten Ways to Improve Children's Self-Worth
  43. Developing Personal Power in Children and Adults
  44. Helping Children Manage Their Behavior
  45. Understanding Discipline
  46. Developing Family Morals and Values
  47. Developing Family Rules
  48. Child Proofing Your Home
  49. Home Safety Checklist
  50. Safety Reminders by Age
  51. Rewards and Punishments
    Using Rewards to Guide and Teach Children
  52. Using Punishments to Guide and Teach Children
  53. Praising Children and Their Behavior
  54. Time Out
  55. Punishing Children's Inappropriate Behavior
    Why Parents Spank Their Children
  56. Verbal and Physical Redirection
  57. Ignoring Inappropriate Behavior
  58. Developing Nurturing Parenting Routines
    Establishing Nurturing Parenting Routines
  59. Nurturing Diapering and Dressing Routine
  60. Nurturing Feeding Time Routine
  61. Nurturing Bath Time Routine
  62. Nurturing Bed Time Routine
  63. Prenatal Parenting
    Changes in Me and You
  64. Body Image
  65. Keeping Our Bodies and Babies Healthy
  66. Health and Nutrition
  67. Fetal Development
  68. Foster and Adoptive Parents
    Foster & Adoptive Children: Attachment, Separation, and Loss
  69. Expectations on foster and Adopted Children
  70. Worksheet for Adoptive Parents
  71. Worksheet for Foster Parents
    Parenting Resources
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12 Steps to Keeping Children Drug Free

Hope4Families October 25, 2022

Keeping children drug-free is not an impossible task. There is no secret to raising healthy children. It’s hard work but well worth it. Here’s our twelve-step program for keeping children drug free.

Step 1 Demonstrate caring. When you care about someone, you act on his or her behalf.

Step 2 Show interest. Ask your kids when they come home how their day was. Help them with or review their homework. Attend school plays and Gatherings. Be a presence in your child’s school. If your child’s teacher does not know your name when you meet – you are not a presence.

Step 3 Parent Without Violence. Forget the spankings and beatings and tongue-lashings.

Step 4 Talk About Drugs. Talk with your child, not to your child about drugs. Talking with someone is a discussion/conversation. Talking to someone is a lecture/speech.

Step 5 Model Appropriate Drinking. If you’re going to drink alcohol, don’t sneak it or only drink when the kids are asleep. They’ll know you’re sneaking. Model appropriate drinking in front of the children.

Step 6 No Drinking Means No Drinking. If you want your kids to have a drug-free childhood, then don’t you be the one to offer them alcohol. Some families have “traditions” and rites of passage where at certain ceremonies it’s okay to drink, or it’s okay to try smoking “just once.” If you don’t want your kids to steal things, why would you say, “It’s okay just to steal just this once. It’s Grandma’s birthday and she would like a new radio”?

Step 7 No Illegal Drugs. If parents are doing illegal drugs, what chance do you think your kids will have to stay drug-free? Anyway, it’s against the law.

Step 8 Don’t Compromise Your Values. Many parents believe their kids are going to drink anyway, so they would rather have them drink at home. Stick to your values. “No drinking means no drinking – anywhere or with anyone.”

Step 9 Just Say Yes to Health! The problem with being a kid is that adults keep telling you to say “No” to this, and “No” to that. “No” won’t work without a “Yes.” A kid has to say “Yes” to something else if he’s going to say “No.” If “No” is to drugs. What’s “Yes” to?

Step 10 Communicate. To communicate is to talk and listen. Try listening more and talking less. I bet you will learn things about your kids you’ve not heard before.

Step 11 Have Fun as a Family. Do things together. Sports, parks, picnics, movies, parties. You name it – then do it as a family. Without alcohol!  

Step 12 Know Your Kids’ Friends. Birds of a feather flock together. Find out who your children hang around with. Let your home be the gathering spot.