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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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The Male and Female Brain

Hope4Families October 25, 2022

The differences in the behavior between all genders can be attributed to the way the brain develops in the womb. Scientists are now discovering there are specific brain differences based on testosterone dominant or estrogen dominant in-utero experiences.

Male & Female Brain Structure

  1. The human brain, both male and female, has 100 billion neurons, roughly the number of stars and planets in the Milky Way.
  2. New neurons connect to each other through neural pathways. The more activity that is associated with a certain part of the brain, the more neural connections are made and the stronger they get.
  3. If certain parts of the brain are not used, neural pathways weaken and dry up. The brain is a “use-it-or-lose-it” organ.
  4. Male and female brains produce hormones that support brain growth. The male hormone is called testosterone and the female hormone is called estrogen. Males and females have both testosterone and estrogen.
  5. Between 3 to 6 months in the womb, the baby is being bombarded with different hormones. When there is more testosterone, certain areas of the neocortex grow and become connected. When the developing brain gets bombarded with estrogen and progesterone, certain other areas in the neocortex grow and connect
  6. If the child in the womb is a chromosomal male child (XY), the mothers hormonal system reads this as male and sends more testosterone. If the child is a chromosomal female (XX), the mother’s hormonal system sends more female hormones.
  7. In the womb, the child is being sexualized by the hormones it receives as either masculine or feminine.
  8. The brain development of all babies, no matter what their sex, is stimulated by all hormones. All males have some estrogen; all females have some testosterone.
  9. However, male babies get more testosterone and thus a more “male brain” develops while female babies get more estrogen and thus a more female brain develops.
  10. The development of the male and female brain in the womb can be affected by the stress the mother experiences during pregnancy.
    1. Physical abuse, illness and emotional distress can cause the mother’s stress hormone (which is called cortisol) to cut off some of the normal surges of testosterone or estrogen.
    2. It’s possible for a boy to be born with a penis, testicles and other physiological male traits but with a female brain. The same is true for a girl. A female can have female physiological traits but have a male brain.
    3. Some males report that they feel like a female trapped in a male’s body. Some females feel like a male trapped in a female’s body.
    4.  While males and females acquire new neural skills throughout life, the way the brain is set up during pregnancy does not change. 

(COURSEWORK): Male and Female Identity/Roles

1. Growing up in my family, the gender roles I noticed in my parent(s) and how they live 

were __________________________________________________________________

2. In my family culture males _________________________________________________

3. In my family culture females _______________________________________________

4. Do I still hold these family roles/identities in my family today? _____________________

5. What does our family like to do together and separately? _________________________