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When women are pregnant or breastfeeding, they have special nutritional needs. Registered Dietitian Melissa Halas-Liang explains the nutritional considerations for women and their new babies during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including:
  • Nutrients and extra calories
  • Foods to be avoided and food safety practices
  • Favorite nutritious snacks and meals
  • Advice from a real mom on navigating pregnancy

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / 20 minutes

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    Comprehensive video for parents and caregivers, narrated by Katja Rowell, MD, family doctor and childhood feeding specialist. Viewers will learn that parents and children have separate roles to play in regard to eating: the parent decides what, when, and where food is served; the child decides whether or not to eat and if so, how much to eat

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2010 / 23 minutes

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    Italian physician Maria Montessori developed the Montessori method in the early 1900s while observing that children learn best when engaged in purposeful activity. Dr. Montessori inspired a movement that enabled children to teach themselves through sensory-rich, hands-on materials, nurture and love. Montessori's philosophy and practices have since been spread and influenced the educational landscape. Discover the ways in which Montessori classrooms differ from the traditional school setting in this enlightening documentary. Observe different levels of Montessori, including infants, toddlers, early childhood, and elementary, and how each utilizes the Montessori method. Find out:
  • Characteristics of a Montessori classroom
  • How children teach themselves
  • What is most appealing about Montessori?
  • What are sensitive periods?
  • The role of the teacher in Montessori
  • How conflict is handled

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / (Grades 6-Adult) / 17 minutes

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    Traditional, single parent, blended or extended - there are many ways we define a family. Our families help make us the people that we are today. Learn the different types of families and the developmental roles they play; including physical, emotional, intellectual, social and moral development.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / (Grades 6-Adult) / 18 minutes

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    Filmed from a baby's perspective! Join baby Grace as she puts the new babysitter through the paces.

    Babysitting can be a great way to earn extra money, but it's also a big responsibility. Viewers will learn how to get babysitting jobs and what to do after they've got one. Light-hearted and fun, learn everything from child safety to diaper changing.

  • "...informative video...up-to-date...a good resource for groups who offer babysitting as a community education class or for students just looking for tips." - Library Media Connection, November/December 2007

  • "A practical and humorous how-to that teens will find both useful and entertaining, this is recommended." - Video Librarian, September/October 2007

  • "...enthusiastically recommended for classroom viewing, after-school programs, and school and public library collections." - The Midwest Book Review, August 2007

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / (Grades 5-9) / 15 minutes

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    See what Moms and Dads have learned over the past 100 years! Why do parents do what they do? What has influenced parenting practices for the last 100 years? This video reviews events, government policies, and child development theorists who have shaped the way we parent our children.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 20 minutes

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    What does it really mean to be a parent? There are many challenges and adjustments that first-time parents face when their baby is born.

    This relaxed, testimonial-style video shows many real-life family events and parenting styles, adjusting to the changes that children bring, and how the style your parents used will affect how you parent your own children

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 10-Adult) / 19 minutes

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    Learning the basics of baby care is important for teens, new parents, and child care providers.

    This informative video gives clear demonstrations and explanations for holding and lifting babies, diapering, bathing, feeding, and administering basic medical care.

    This is an excellent introduction or refresher on baby care for teens and adults alike

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 23 minutes

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    As babies grow, they learn more about their surroundings. Nurturing them will help babies explore the abilities they are naturally developing. This practical and informative DVD shows calming techniques, playtime essentials and safety.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 20 minutes

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    What do you do when children misbehave?How effective are you at managing misbehavior?You will discover the importance of discipline, the four types of misbehavior (goal-getting, reaction-seeking, indolence and fear) and six methods for handling misbehavior (extinction, satiation, stimulus-change, physical restraint,incompatible response and punishment).You will also observe five punishment options: overcorrection, privilege removal, add-on tasks, time-out and spanking.Mixing humor, solid information and a cutting-edge style, this program is sure to keep your attention.

    DVD / 2001 / 22 minutes

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    Teach basic principles involved in providing safe food for children from birth through age six. A noted child care expert discusses bacteria that cause food-borne illness and explains why these pathogens can be especially dangerous to infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She guides us through a grocery store and presents techniques for being a "safe shopper." Then, she emphasizes the importance of sanitizing and disinfecting all food preparation surfaces at home and at the child care location. Viewers learn specific food safety precautions to take with young children, such as foods to avoid, working with "at-risk" foods and packing safe lunches. Active children, parents and caregivers illustrate the food safety issues.

    DVD / 2000 / 31 minutes

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    Good nutrition for children does not just happen; it takes knowledge and planning. The registered dietitian in the presentation increases our understanding of nutritional guidelines and the affects of early nutrition on growth and development. Viewers explore the distinct nutritional needs of young children during four stages: birth to 4-months, 4-12-months, 1-3-years and 4-6-years. The expert alerts parents and caregivers to negative trends in children's eating habits and shows how to promote exercise as part of a lifelong habit of good nutrition. Active, young children, parents and caregivers illustrate ways to incorporate healthy eating habits into our daily lives.

    DVD / 2000 / 27 minutes

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    Parenting styles are often a combination of a parent's own personality with the parenting role models she or he grew up with. The authoritarian style imposes will through rigid rules and allows little flexibility or freedom. A permissive style has few rules and abdicates power. And the democratic style is a blend of the two, sharing power and encouraging children to make good decisions and think for themselves. Using three vignettes, this program shows teens interacting with their parents in stressful situations that demonstrate the traits of each parenting style.

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    DVD / 1998 / 25 minutes

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    Learn ways to give children the freedom to explore, be creative and have fun! The program focuses on six major areas: outdoor and indoor space; safety and health; family and community; staff; equipment and materials; and learning and play. Important experiences and activities (manipulatives, games, dramatic play, art, science, reading, field trips, resource people, media sources) are highlighted. Child care experts stress the roles and responsibilities of caregivers in this enriched environment. Questions and teaching strategies challenge viewers to make the child care experience the best it can be.

    DVD / 1997 / 28 minutes

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    Learn how to plan schedules to meet children and worker needs, hours of operation and objectives of the facility.You will also see how to plan activities based on child/staff ratios, ages of the children, time of day, weather and the need to balance active and quiet times. Examples of daily routines are provided, including arrival and departure, indoor and outdoor play, rest, eating and bathroom needs. Thought-questions urge viewers to examine their child care setting.

    DVD / 1997 / 21 minutes

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    An increased demand for affordable, high-quality programs has made child care a popular topic. The presentation encourages viewers to investigate the variety of child care possibilities available in most communities: preschool, child care center, parent's day out, in-home care, parent cooperatives, self-care and government-funded programs. Viewers learn advantages and disadvantages in different types of care, and they are told what to look for when they visit a possible location for their children.

    DVD / 1995 / 25 minutes

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    The use of furniture, centers, designated spaces and open areas affect the need for discipline and guidance, as you will see while observing children playing in a classroom, which has been arranged in three different ways. Suggestions are given for making room arrangements as accessible and stress-free as possible.

    DVD / 1994 / 25 minutes

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    Parents of children with special needs have often spent years learning the best ways to work with their child, making them excellent resources for teachers and child care providers! Using her experience as a registered nurse and the mother of a nine-year-old nonverbal, neurologically disabled child, Lisa shares her experiences and training. Observe Lisa and Jami using learning principles and techniques as they demonstrate feeding skills at home and at school.Most principles are applicable to younger and older children.

    DVD / 1994 / 27 minutes

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    The activities of daily living are challenging for a child with special needs and also are challenging for the child's teacher or child care provider. Lisa, the mother of a nine-year-old child with neurological disabilities, shares ideas and techniques for working with her daughter. Areas shown include the use of a journal to encourage information sharing among caregivers; equipment and apparatus; and handling everyday needs, such as using the bathroom, dressing, eating and taking a nap. Lisa emphasizes the importance of modeling behavior she wants the caregivers to display.

    DVD / 1994 / 27 minutes

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    Positive Discipline = Positive Children presents ideas reducing many of the discipline problems in the child care setting and using positive discipline when children misbehave. You will explore the three main styles of discipline (e.g., authoritative, permissive and authoritarian), goals and elements of positive discipline, as well as how to eliminate many of the environmental causes of conflict. Several discipline techniques are demonstrated, such as modeling, time out, redirection, instruction and natural consequences, to help children learn self-control and responsibility for their behavior.

    DVD / 1993 / 27 minutes

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    Becoming a parent is not easy, and parenting skills do not come automatically.This program explains tasks you will need to provide for your newborn, such as diapering, preparing a bottle, feeding, bathing and dressing your child. The importance of touching, holding and talking to your baby also is stressed. In addition to the mothers, several young men are shown participating in parental caregiver tasks.

    DVD / 1993 / 21 minutes

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    The most important job that most of us will ever have is one that requires no formal training, no degree, no certificate of achievement, and no interviews to determine if we have the qualifications or qualities to undertake the long -term project...parenting. This live -action program removes the guesswork from child rearing by teaching methods to improve parenting skills. Learn ways to develop trust, the importance of spending time together, the benefits of communication, and how to provide experiences fostering growth and learning. Viewers also see methods for building positive self -esteem and positive attitudes about health and nutrition; encouraging the expression of emotions and feelings; and providing consistent guidelines for behavior and safety. Stresses the importance of keeping a sense of humor to help cope with the challenges and failures frequently facing parents.

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    DVD (With Manual) / 1991 / 30 minutes

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    This program presents an overview of basic parenting skills in a dramatic format. The story involves several young people experiencing the frustrations of parenting. Discipline is presented as a system for reinforcing positive behavior. Practical techniques for dealing with tantrums and other undesirable behavior are included. The importance of a relationship of love and respect between parent and child is discussed as the basis for effective discipline, communication, and the creation of self -esteem. Specific ideas for building a healthy parent -child relationship are examined.

    Note: Not available in Australia/New Zealand

  • "Provides an interesting way of presenting the basic concepts of parenting." - Video Rating Guide

    DVD / 1990 / 53 minutes

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    The simple activities of daily living can be challenging for children with special needs; consequently, making them challenging for the child-care provider, as well. Causes of disabilities will be discussed, along with a review of the characteristics, capabilities and expectations for children with varying special needsˇX mental retardation, physical or neurological impairments, sensor defects, physical disabilities, communication limitations, learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders.

    DVD / 20 minutes

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