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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.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: You Want Me To Help With The Housework? (ADULT)
This video offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. In it, parents learn a systematic way to teach children to help out more around the house. Dramatized vignettes illustrate how having children share in household responsibilities builds their self-esteem and gives today's busy parents more time to enjoy their families.

Family Dynamics: Building Family Esteem (ADULT)
Authors of the best seller How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, offer practical ideas for bolstering children's self-esteem. Their role playing offers us magnificent techniques for communicating with our children and grandchildren. Attorney General Janet Reno shares ideas for reaching out to children at risk, and the panelists identify characteristics and tools for achieving family esteem.

Violence and the Family: Media Violence and the Family: Finding Solutions (ADULT)
Learn how to view television violence from a child's perspective and uncover the effects of media violence on kids. Discover how children's interpretation of television violence significantly differs according to the youngster's age. Join Dr. George Gerbner, America's foremost communication scholar, and other national experts for cutting edge ideas about this issue. Hosted by Mike Collins, with James Collins, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Theatre, University of Notre Dame and Judith-Walls, Ph.D., Professor of Child Development, Purdue University.

Violence and the Family: Stop Arguing! How to Resolve Conflict in the Family (ADULT)
Impossible to avoid, conflict is an opportunity for growth if we learn to trust ourselves. Seeing conflict as a positive sign often requires a complete shift in our perceptions. This program empowers family members to work through conflict. You will learn powerful skills to manage and resolve conflict. You will also discover the common traps to unresolved conflict: becoming paralyzed by fear, being unwilling to meet the challenge of handling your own power or the force of someone else's power, personalizing conflict, and trying to avoid or accommodate conflict. Hosted by Mike Collins, with Anthony L. Berardi, Ph.D., Psychologist; Helen D. Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development, and Mary C. Roemer, M.A., CAC, Therapist.

Raising Children In A Violent World (ADULT)
Dr. Kathleen O'Connell Chesto cuts straight to the heart of the problem of the over dominance of violence in our society and offers very practical advice on how to counteract this trend within our own hearts and families. Perfect for those preparing for marriage, parents of young families, and educators, Chesto's video brings to light the roots of violence. Tracing the pattern of infant/child development, she shows parents what children are indeed capable of learning and what is most important to emphasize at different age levels. She also explains how easy it is for parents to follow popular, seemingly harmless societal trends that can actually breed violence. Best of all, Chesto's advice is doable and not complicated. She calls on parents to evaluate their lives and make choices that are indeed in the best interest of their children and of society as a whole.

Boys Town Videos For Parents: Common-Sense Parenting (ADULT)
This video is part of a national outreach to help more children by reaching parents, teachers, and others who work with kids. It offers practical, how-to advice to parents with children struggling through the often difficult preadolescent and teenage years. It reassures parents that they are still a fundamental influence in their growing child's life. Dramatized vignettes show parents how to increase their child's self-esteem and reduce the power of peer pressure. Hosted by actress Alley Mills of "The Wonder Years," this video also reminds parents that some of the "common sense" techniques they used when their children were younger can be adapted for the older child.

Communicating Christian Sexuality To Children (ADULT)
This video is designed for parents of children from infancy through adolescence. Its use will enable parents to feel more comfortable and confident when discussing sex with their children. The video stresses the parent's role as the primary educators of their children in this most important area of communicating Christian sexuality to children. This video can be used by itself or in conjunction with the printed program COMMUNICATING CHRISTIAN SEXUALITY by Lorraine Amendolara and Eileen Murphy.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 3 (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
Beyond the blame…beyond the debate are human beings--children, young people and adults of all ages--who are bombarded daily with violent images in the media and in popular culture. These videos provide a practical and positive program to counter the proliferation of media violence in our time. In classes and courses, after-school programs and parent workshops, individuals of all ages can learn important skills for reducing their exposure to media violence along with challenging its growing presence in our culture. The two videos are: Video B consisting of 8 segments for elementary grades 4 and 5, and Video C consisting of 8 segments for middle school grades 6 to 8.

American Family: A Challenged Tradition - ...Parenting Our Teenagers (ADULT)
This video provides concrete ideas for parents struggling to communicate with their teenagers. Discover ways to build understanding and trust between parent and teen. Gain a powerful perspective into the world of the teenager.

American Family: A Challenged Tradition - Parenting Elementary School Child (ADULT)
This video offers numerous ideas for creating a positive learning environment for your child and for developing effective communications between the school and the family. You also will learn how to effectively influence your child.

How To Raise Your Child With Faith (ADULT)
What does it mean to raise a child with faith? How can a parent help a child develop a relationship with a loving God? This video explores some practical answers while helping parents to go on a faith journey as a family. Discussion questions are included on the box.

Tell Me About God (ADULT)
How should we talk to our children about someone we can't see or touch or hear? This video will help you talk to the children in your life about the God who loves them unconditionally.

American Family: A Challenged Tradition - ... Blended Family (ADULT)
Blending two families can be challenging. Issues discussed include: the child views the parent's spouse as an intruder who makes claims on the parent's time and love; the stepparent resents the children who come along with the marriage as a "package deal"; and stepbrothers and stepsisters are angry at the upheaval in their lifestyle and threatened by their place in the family. Unclear expectations about responsibilities, discipline and commitment drive a sense of emotional chaos. This program offers practical ideas to assist you, your spouse, and all the children in their adjustment to their new family.

American Family: A Challenged Tradition - ... Disconnected Teenager (ADULT)
To connect with our teenagers, we must understand their world. Our culture has influenced teenagers to think and behave much differently from teens in previous generations. This understanding will provide the road map for building a relationship with teenagers who often feel disconnected with the values that shaped their parents' world.

Prayertime, Familytime (ADULT)
Religious educator and family expert Kathy Chesto tells viewers that prayer is the way community celebrates all of life, emphasizing that one's first community is the family. She explores the importance of prayer in the context of the family and examines the essential nature of ritual. Using examples for her own family and others, Chesto encourages families to make prayer a part of their everyday activities so that every action becomes a prayer. This video is great for DREs to show to groups of parents--at the beginning of the school year, at sacrament preparation meetings, or other seasonal get-togethers. It is also ideal for individual parent viewing at home.

Holiness Familystyle: More Family Spirituality (ADULT)
This is a simple, heart-warming look at the extraordinary sacredness of all the ordinary tasks of parenting. Dr. Kathleen O'Connell Chesto, a well-known author and speaker on family spirituality who draws many of her insights from her own experiences as wife and mother, calls on parents to recognize their role in "making God visible" in the lives of their children, while using stories to illustrate how children also play a primary role in teaching their parents about God. This is an empowering video, designed to help parents feel comfortable with their faith and confident in their ability to share faith with their children. Use it with parents during sacramental preparation, young mother support groups, the RCIA, PTA meetings, marriage preparation, and at the beginning of the religious education program.

Place Prepared: Helping Children Understand Death and Heaven (ADULT)
This video will help adults talk with children about death and heaven, and help adults to prepare children for the inevitable losses that they will experience throughout their lives. It is divided into four segments: being honest with ourselves as adults about death, understanding death and children's emotional response to it, talking with children about funerals, and talking with children about heaven.

Teen Pregnancy (HS, ADULT)
Community Maternity Services, founded in 1971, focuses on giving skills for the future to the young parents. Emphasis is on: 1. Independent Living Skills; 2. Parenting Skills; 3. Education for Parents; and, 4. Counseling to Help with Coping.

Teens and Chastity: Molly Kelly Speaks to Adults (ADULT)
In an inspiring talk about the importance of promoting chastity to today's teens, Molly Kelly encourages adults to join in her mission. Molly shares her experiences as a mother as well as an educator. She also shares her thoughts about the tough issues that confront teens every day, such as teen pregnancy, sexually-transmitted diseases, the threat of AIDS, and the safe-sex myth. Molly's direct presentation will give adults new insights on how to talk to teens about chastity. Molly is a member of the Grant Review Board of the Dept. of Health and Human Services for the promotion of abstinence, and she takes her message to schools, youth rallies, and teen conferences throughout the United States and Canada.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 2 (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Explore alternatives to violent entertainment, while teaching the critical role media literacy principles can play as a catalyst for challenging violence in the media. The Parent/Caregiver video (12 min.) includes: 7 group sessions, 4 video segments, 22 handouts, offers 90-minute "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. The Teen/Adult video (35 min.) includes: 7 sessions, 4 video segments, 11 handouts; explores violence in sports, local news, music videos and movies, and includes action and advocacy activities.

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

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