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1 Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D. Author of the Nurturing Parenting Programs June 2012 Yreka, California

2 Compassion, Communication, Cooperation, Confidence in Parents and Children

3  Philosophy is a well thought out set of beliefs.  A defined philosophy allows individuals to make conscious, congruent choices.  Parenting entails a set of unconscious beliefs and practices that have been past down and recycled to another generation of children without understanding or challenge.  The best parents/teachers make conscious, informed choices in raising/teaching their children.

4 Nurturing embraces the philosophy of raising/teaching children in non-violent, caring environments  Building family attachments, empathy, and compassion  Understanding brain development and functioning  Enhancing self-concept, self esteem and self worth  Empowering children, teens and adults  Teaching and utilizing discipline with dignity  Increasing self-awareness and self-acceptance  Promoting fun, laughter, and play

5  Research on the effectiveness of different strategies and techniques in parenting and teaching children.  The effects of nurture on the nature of brain development and its functioning.  The impact of childhood experiences.  The differences between opinions, beliefs, personal experiences, personal truths, and scientific facts when teaching information.

6 Nurturing embraces the science of promoting proven beliefs, strategies and techniques in developing a positive and healthy quality of life: * The impact of long term nurturing practices on brain development and functioning. * The science of positive touch, positive communication, dignified discipline, expectations and empowerment on the overall mental and physical of children’s development

7  Understands the motivations and reinforcers of behavior.  Aware of the impact the quality of childhood has on the life styles and parenting/teaching styles of adults.  Understands how the brain normalizes repeated experiences and develops neurological pathways which directs behavior.  Understands and accepts one’s own personal history and influence as a parent and teacher.

8 Nurturing embraces the clinical understanding of human behavior including: Basic needs of human beings and role identity Differences between “being” (our humanness) and “doing” (our behavior). The key aspects of bonding, attachment attunement, and empathy. How brain chemistry influences our behavior. Differences between male and female brains.

9  Skillful in facilitating groups/classrooms.  Skillful in conducting home-visits.  Skillful in working with children and teens in groups and one-to-one.  Creates a comfortable, positive learning environment.  Is capable of using assessment data to develop meaningful instruction.  Knows the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary prevention levels.

10  The word nurturing comes from the Latin word nu tri tura: to Promote, Nurse, Nourish Life Nurturing is the single most critical process for creating and sustaining life.

11  The energy of nurturing is non- discriminatory.  Both positive and negative nurturing exists.  Positive nurturing is nourishing the aspects of life we want.  Negative nurturing is nourishing the aspects of life we don’t want, but get anyway.

12 Positive nurturing is called EMPATHY which Comes from the Greek word empatheia  Empathy is one of the most important characteristics of a nurturing parent.

13  The ability to imagine yourself in someone else’s position and to intuit what that person is feeling.  to project into or identify with another.  to enter fully through understanding another’s feelings or motives.  To stand in someone’s shoes, to see what they see, to hear what they hear, and to feel with your heart.

14 Negative nurturing is called abuse and neglect. The word abuse comes from the Latin word abusus which means to mistreat; cruel and harsh punishment.

15 Neglect comes from the Latin word neglegere neg means “not” and  legere means “pick up.”  Neglectful parenting means not holding or touching children.

16 Positive Nurturing (Empathy) Frequency Always Frequent Sometimes Infrequent Never Intensity Very High High Average Low Not Present 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Negative Nurturing (Abuse and Neglect) Frequency Never Infrequent Sometimes Frequent Always Intensity Not Present Low Average High Very High 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

17 The following chart displays how personalities and behavior patterns are influenced early in life based on the quality of life in childhood portrayed in hours. There are approximately 157,776 hours in the first 18 years of life.

18 Positive % Negative % Pos Hours Neg Hours  20% 80% 31,555 126,220  30% 70% 47,333 110,443  50% 50% 78,888 78,888  70% 30% 110,443 47,333  80% 20% 126,221 31,555  90% 10% 141,998 15,778  95% 5% 149,887 7,889  99% 1% 156,198 1,578  100% 0% 157,776 0

19 The positive and negative impact of life’s past events shape our cognitive, emotional and neurological responses to current events.

20  Positive nurturing parenting is nourishing the aspects of life we want. A. Developing positive self worth by having appropriate expectations. B. Developing a sense of caring and compassion by building empathy in parents and children. C. Providing children with dignified discipline. D. Increasing awareness in parents and children of appropriate family functioning. E. Developing a healthy sense of empowerment in parents and children.

21  Negative nurturing parenting is nourishing the aspects of life we don’t want, but get anyway.  Low or negative self-worth through inappropriate expectations of children.  Lacking an empathic response to self and children’s needs.  Using physical and verbal punishments on children.  Reversing family roles where children “parent” the adult.  Oppressing children’s power and independence

22  Nature: Physical traits and genetic predispositions received upon conception.  Nature also entails the predisposed characteristics of the species called “homo sapien” (the wise man).  Nurture: The positive or negative influences the environment has on our nature (genetic predispositions).  Human personality is 80% Nurture; 20% Nature.

23  A heritable trait is one that’s caused by your genes rather than your upbringing.  Dominant and Recessive Genes  Physical traits and behaviors passed on through DNA:  Eye color Tongue roller  Patterned baldness Height Intelligence Blood type

24 Predisposition: a tendency; inclination; ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Alcohol addiction Depression and other mental health conditions Temperament Predisposition to certain cancers and illnesses

25  Researchers now agree that certain negative characteristics of nature can be “nurtured” out in future generations.  Epigenetics is showing how your environment and your choices can influence your genetic code as well as your children’s genetic code.  Example: Diet, stress and prenatal nutrition can make an imprint on genes that is passed to the next generation.


27 1. Predisposed to form and sustain long term positive nurturing relationships. 2. Predisposed to seek moral and spiritual meaning. 3. Positive nurturing relationships and a connection to your spiritual power improve long term health. 4. Positive nurturing environment shapes children’s emotions, thoughts, behavior and brain development.

28 The following are basic beliefs and practices that adults need to adopt into their personal life to be prepared to implement the nurturing philosophy into their parenting and teaching practices.

29  “Being” constitutes the core elements of our identity; our personality.  “Doing” constitutes our behavior  Behavior does not define a person, rather describes a person’s actions and state of consciousness at that moment.

30 A role is generally defined as a set of behaviors that are time and situation specific. There are three primary categories of roles (doings) that humans (beings) generally are involved: ◦ Family Roles —mother/father, husband/wife brother/sister, aunt/uncle, niece/ nephew, grandmother/grandfather, etc. ◦ Work/Career Roles —teacher, lawyer, auto worker, politician, laborer, social worker, parent educator, student, etc. ◦ Community Roles —neighbor, cub-scout leader, den mother, consumer, volunteer coach, PTA, etc.

31 Nurturing Mommies and Daddies are created from nurturing women and men Caregivers that nurture themselves as men or women are better equipped to nurture others. Burnout and stress are the result of ignoring the basic needs of self.

32  Social-need for friendships, others  Physical-food, water, exercise, sex  Intellectual- read, problem solve, facts  Creativity- art, dance, dress, tattoos  Emotional-need to express feelings  Spiritual-need for belonging, purpose

33  “You make me angry!”  “It’s your fault. You made me……..”  “That kid makes me furious”  “You are my everything”  “You made me love you…..”  “You drive me crazy….. To my wits end”  The Pinocchio Effect

34  Good spankings  Good tongue lashing  Good beatings  Good slap  Constructive criticism  Treat your children the way you would be liked to be treated

35 Based on adults understanding and adopting nurturing beliefs and practices, the following are strategies to enhance the four C’s of Nurturing: Compassion Communication Cooperation Confidence

36 1. Recognizing, understanding and handling feelings. 2. Managing stress, sadness and anger. 3. Teaching children how to recognize feelings in others. 4. Taking care of objects (toys and clothes); of other life forms (plants and animals); and other humans (having friends, baby sitting, brothers/sisters)

37 1. Honoring a child’s desire 2. Replacing blaming statements with responsibility statements 3. Pay attention to what you want and not to what you don’t want. 4. Too many “no” statements without corresponding “yes” statements.

38 1. Elimination of corporal punishment and replacement with consequences with dignity. 2. Develop Family Morals, Values and Rules 3. Praise for Being and Doing statements 4. Special recognitions: red plate

39 1. Building self-concept, esteem and value through helping children get their needs met. 2. Owning feelings and teaching children how to express their feelings respecting self, others (including animals) and objects. 3. Owning one’s body parts 4. Bed time power stories

40 Family Development Resources, Inc. Publishers of the Nurturing Parenting Programs ® Visit our Website at

41 “An elder Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchild about life. He said to his grandchild …

42 “A fight is going on inside of me … and it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

43 One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

44 The other wolf stands for honor, joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

45 The same fight is going on inside of you and inside of every other human being too.”

46 After thinking about it for a minute or two, the grandchild asked her grandfather, “Which wolf will win”?

47 The old man leaned toward his grandchild and whispered … “The one you feed.”

48 1. Make time to take care for your self. 2. Know the difference between “being” and “doing” 3. Know the difference between your “self” and your “roles” 4. Stay in control of your thoughts and feelings: the Pinocchio Effect 5. Respect your kids and they will respect you.

49  Self Concept: What do I think about my self?  Self Esteem: How do I feel about my self?  Self Worth: Do I value my self?  “I should take care of my self!”

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