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Boys Town Videos For Parents: A Change For The Better (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It helps parents deal with the frustrating problem of misbehavior. It goes a step beyond just stopping children from acting the wrong way by showing how to teach them a better way to act. Techniques presented will also assist teachers in student discipline and management. (Videos in this series are based on family living skills and educational principles developed and used in Boys Town homes and schools. The techniques have been adapted and presented for use in everyday family situations.)

Boys Town Videos For Parents: I Can't Decide! What Should I Do? (ADULT)
Offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. Through dramatizations, this video presents a method for helping youngsters sort through problems and come up with well thought-out solutions. The process is easy to learn and gives youngsters a way of thinking about big and little decisions that could help them the rest of their lives. Because children and parents enact scenarios to demonstrate the principles being taught, it may be beneficial to show this program to parents and children together.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: I'm Not Everybody! Helping ... Peer Pressure (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It offers practical ways parents can help children prepare for and deal with pressure from their friends. Parents who implement these suggestions will find their teen less likely to "go along with the crowd" to gain approval.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: It's Great To Be Me ...Self-Esteem (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice for parents with children struggling through the often difficult pre-adolescent and teenage years. It addresses the important but often misunderstood topic of self-esteem. It shows practical easy-to-learn concepts that enhance children's and teen's developing self-esteem. The video discusses how being a secure, confident person with a healthy sense of self-esteem can greatly influence a person's quality of life. The three main components presented are: 1. Feeling and Being Successful; 2. Feeling Important and Loved; and, 3. Feeling Confident.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: No, I Won't! And You Can't Make Me (ADULT)
Offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. This video provides parents with a method to deal with children's rebellion and temper flare-ups. Dramatized vignettes show you how to improve your relationships with your children; control your own anger in the face of a youth's defiance, sarcasm, or back talk; and help an angry youngster calm down.

Child Abuse: Bless Our Children (ADULT)
This is the story of one congregation's efforts to include sexual abuse prevention in the training of parents and religious educators. It is designed to help churches, synagogues, and religious schools implement an abuse prevention curriculum. It offers practical methods to educate parents and teachers, addresses cultural diversity issues, and highlights the importance of abuse prevention within the context of religious education. Actual classroom examples are included. This videotape is an ideal companion to HEAR THEIR CRIES, a videotape which educates people about all forms of child abuse through interviews with adults who experienced it. It is recommended that HEAR THEIR CRIES be shown first.

Creative Grandparenting (ADULT)
What do children need from a grandparent? How much responsibility can I assume without overstepping bounds? What if there is illness or divorce? How can I relate to teenage grandchildren? This video answers these and other questions with practical, creative suggestions. Featuring Jerry and Jack Schreur of the popular Family Fears series, it is based on solid principles of child development and anchored in the truth of the Bible. It is a welcome resource for grandparents. This video is designed for both group and individual use. It is meant to enrich the lives of families by encouraging grandparents to become involved and become vital participants in the lives of their grandchildren.

Family Dynamics: Family Communications: Effective Ways (ADULT)
Stephen Covey, best-selling author of THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE, introduces this video. He suggests that all of the family be involved in developing a family mission statement of shared visions and values, which will serve to guide and remind family members of deeply held beliefs at times when issues arise. The lessons of this video go beyond the family by also helping in the workplace & in social interactions. Other guests include Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, who lectures widely on the family; Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, award-winning authors of HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK. An expert panel discusses principles of family communications and relationships, especially the importance of listening. Many practical suggestions are given for strengthening communications between siblings, parents and children, husbands and wives.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 1 (ADULT)
This is the introduction/overview video for this series. The purpose of this comprehensive educational resource is to help parents and caregivers, teens and children examine media violence, find alternatives to violent entertainment, identify links between violence on screen and on the street, and introduce skills of media advocacy. PARENT/CAREGIVER UNIT (Part 2) -7 group sessions, 4 video segments, 22 handouts; offers 90-min. "Town Hall" presentation and overview plus key concepts and strategies for action, take-home tip sheets, and checklists to help reduce viewing of media violence at home. TEEN/ADULT UNIT (Part 2) -7 sessions, 4 video segments, 11 handouts; explores violence in sports, local news, music videos & movies; includes action & advocacy activities. ELEMENTARY (Grades 4&5) and MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) UNIT (Part 3) -8 lessons, 8 video segments, 17 worksheets; explores the consequences of media violence & challenges media's heroes/heroines.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Negotiating Within The Family (ADULT)
This video teaches parents to use a simple written agreement to help children identify and achieve realistic personal goals. By writing a "contract" with children or teens, parents can help them achieve goals they have for themselves, as well as goals the parent may have for them. Three steps to writing contracts with children are: 1. Identify a specific goal that is measurable and realistic; 2. Write the contract including positive and occasionally negative consequences. Set a reasonable time limit; and, 3. Follow-up by reviewing the child's progress daily and providing encouragement. Deliver conseequences when the goal has been reached and go on to discuss further goals.

Active Parenting Today: What's Your Parenting Style? (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this is video one of a six-part series. What's your parenting style and how does it influence your child? Learn to identify the three styles of parenting, and discover the pros and cons of each style. Learn how to reduce power struggles.

Active Parenting Today: Your Child's Success Cycle (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this is video two of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to build self-esteem, courage and positive behavior. Learn how courage and self-esteem are the foundations for positive behavior and success. Watch how the "think-feel-do" cycle affects a child's choices, and how you can use encouragement to build up your child's courage and self esteem.

Active Parenting Today: Sidestepping the Power Struggle (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the third of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to redirect your child's misbehavior. Children misbehave in many different ways, but they are always trying to reach one of four basic goals: contact, power, revenge, or avoidance. Learn to identify what your child really wants when he or she misbehaves. Discover ways to avoid "paying off" the misbehavior and how to encourage positive approaches to the goal.

Active Parenting Today: Effective Discipline (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the fourth of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to raise a responsible child. Go beyond traditional punishments to learn discipline skills that build cooperation and responsibility, including the use of "logical consequences". Learn how to gain cooperation with your child through the use of "I" messages, and discover how to identify who "owns" a problem and who should be responsible for solving it.

Active Parenting Today: Active Communication (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the fifth of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How to win cooperation with your child. Learn how to avoid mixed messages and other communication blocks common between a parent and child. Discover how to use open, active communication techniques to help your child develop problem-solving skills, encourage cooperation and positive behavior, and strengthen your parent-child relationship.

Active Parenting Today: The Magic of Family Meetings (ADULT)
For parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12, this video is the sixth of a six-part series. Subtitle is: How they solve problems and teach values. Learn how to start regular family meetings to give your family a forum for open communication and letting every family member participate in solving problems and setting rules. Watch as one family works out a mother's frustration about excessive housework, and how another set of parents uses a family meeting to discuss drugs and alcohol-- with their pre-teen daughter.

American Family: A Challenged Tradition - I'm Me and I'm Special (ADULT)
This video will help you understand the developmental stages of the two-to-five-year-old. Also, you will learn how to enhance your child's self esteem, how to stimulate your child's interest in learning, and how to discipline so that respect, responsibility , and resourcefulness flourish.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Catch 'Em Being Good (ADULT)
This video shows parents how to break the cycle of criticism and concentrate on the good things their children are doing, thereby making everyone in the family happier. Dramatized vignettes offer realistic examples of how to share your positive feelings with your children in a way that will motivate them to please you again.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Homework? I'll Do It Later! (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. Through dramatized vignettes, the video shows you how to find out if your child is having difficulty with homework and how to motivate and teach your youngster the most effective way to do homework.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Setting Your Child Up For Success (ADULT)
This video offers practical how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It shows parents how to help their children be more successful in daily situations they may encounter. By helping children anticipate events in their lives, parents who use this method are teaching the importance of planning ahead.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Take Time To Be A Family (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It demonstrates how a weekly get-together can help improve your family's communication and planning. It explains how to use these sessions to build your children's decision-making skills and enhance their sense of responsibility.


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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