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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
Lesson 15 of 72
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Dating, Love and Rejection

Hope4Families October 25, 2022

We all have a basic need to be loved and to give love. Being in love means that two people give of themselves in an open, honest manner and feel good about themselves as a result. Many of us fear the loss of another’s love, affection, support, or caring because of our statements or actions. The most important relationship we have is with our parents. When our parents withdraw their love, we fear we are unlovable and feel rejected. As a result, we deny or avoid the feelings of rejection. Rejection is when someone refuses to accept our love and refuses to share his or hers. 


1.     What does love feel like to you? ____________________________________________

2. What kind of person do you tend to fall in love with? _____________________________

3. Do you feel your parents love you? __________________________________________

Why? Why not? _________________________________________________________

4. When is love healthy? ____________________________________________________

5. When does Love become unhealthy?________________________________________

6. What is “love addiction?” __________________________________________________

(COURSEWORK)  Rejection

Since people can never completely control the actions of others, the best they can do is to be a friend to and support themselves.

1. When you are rejected, how do you feel? _____________________________________

2. Identify two people in your life you feel have rejected you. ________________________

3. What is the hardest part about being rejected? _________________________________

Try This…

Take a couple of deep breaths. Feel the cool air injuring your nose and the warm air leaving. Wiggle around and make yourself comfortable. Pay attention to your body lying on the floor. Close your eyes and feel your body beginning to relax. I want you to get in touch with a time in your life that you felt rejected. The time may be now or it could be at an earlier time in your life.

Visualize the person who rejected you now standing before you. Get in touch with that feeling of being rejected. For the moment only, re-experienced the pain, the hurt, the feeling of loss. Re-experienced the feeling of rejection. Tell this person that despite his/her inability to accept you, you are still a fantastic person with a lot to offer. When he/she rejected you, it was his/her loss. Tell this person that where once you felt the pain of rejection, you are ready to let go of that pain, and give it back to its source. 

Notice a table standing next to this person and on the table is a box, taped and sealed tight. In this box are all the feelings of pain, rejection, loss, and hurt you experienced with this person. Pick the box up and hand it to the person who rejected you. Notice that the person grabs hold of the box and for a brief moment, both of you are holding it together. Now, let go of your end of the box, step back, and keep stepping back slowly. 

Tell the person you are leaving now and you no longer need to feel the pain of his/her rejection. Keep stepping back and away from the person. Feel the freedom in your stomach, in your heart, and in your head of being without his/her rejection. The person is getting smaller and smaller the further back you go. Soon he/she is just a small dot on the horizon. Now, the person is completely out of your view. He/She has left and taken the rejection. And that feels good.