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Twelve classes have been slated for Biblical Parenting University. Four of the classes provide the foundation and are considered core courses. Those four core courses are the ones associated with the Church and Christian School Initiative. Although you can take courses in any order and there are no prerequisites, it's recommended that you take the core courses early on because they help your family get on track with a number of tools and skills.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes highlighted in blue are currently available.

Four Core Courses
Associated with the Church and Christian School Initiative

BPU 101: Developing Responsibility and Cooperation in Children
Parents often comment that this is their greatest source of conflict with their kids. Nagging and anger episodes on the part of parents and kids are often the result when children don't cooperate. In this class you'll learn how to adjust your own action point to teach your kids when you mean business. You'll also learn a five step instruction routine that teaches children the skills they'll need to follow instructions for the rest of their lives. This technique is excellent for teachers as well as parents. And you'll learn how to use rules in your family to teach convictions and values. If you're looking for a place to start, this is a great class that will help you change significant dynamics in your family using very positive strategies. REGISTER

BPU 102: Correction: Helping Kids Have a Change of Heart
God defines a plan for change and it's all about the heart. Correction is a significant part of parenting and this class helps you develop a large toolbox to help you bring about change in your kids. Unfortunately, too many children resort to blaming, rationalizing, and defending themselves. Unfortunately many parents inadvertently encourage these negative patterns. You'll learn about the seven categories of consequences and how to use them to change the heart. You'll also learn about the triangle of discipline that embodies a biblical understanding of repentance, a practical tool for the classroom as well as the home. Ending discipline times well is so important to help children change patterns of negative behavior. The way parents correct children helps them learn how to process offenses and learn how to live with a clear conscience. REGISTER

BPU 103: Honor: The Key to Successful Relationships
Many parents focus on obedience, getting the job done but often honor is not addressed. We define honor as treating people as special, doing more than what's expected, and having a good attitude. Honor deals with how families relate together. It's not good enough to get the job done. How we relate together while accomplishing the business of family life is also very important. Honor helps increase closeness in a family. It helps children think outside of themselves. Honor is essential in the classroom and in the home and God has hidden within honor the secret ingredients for success in life. REGISTER

BPU 104: Helping Children Become Internally Motivated
The word "conscience" is used 30 times in the New Testament. It's part of God's internal motivation system placed in the heart of every person, including your child. The conscience prompts children internally in four areas: do what's right, deal with wrongs, be honest, and care about others. In this class you'll learn specific tools for helping your children develop the conscience and use it for its God-given purpose. This is not a study from a psychology text book. It's a study of the Bible and what God teaches about the value of the conscience in a child's life. With tools for the classroom and the home, this class focuses on helping children become internally motivated instead of relying on external prompters from parents and teachers to get things done. REGISTER


Electives

BPU 201: Taming Emotions in the Family (Available Now)
One of the greatest challenges to family unity is misuse of emotions. Interestingly enough one of the greatest tools for family closeness also involves emotions. In this class you'll learn tools for anger management in parents, especially when your kids are doing the wrong things. You'll also learn how to address bad attitudes in kids using a heart-based approach to parenting. Of course, one of the big areas of emotional upheaval is when children can't accept no as an answer so specific strategies are presented to deal with whining, arguing, and badgering. Many children seem to have received an extra scoop of emotions requiring specific tools to learn how to manage them effectively. In this class you'll learn a number of tools to help you address the emotional components of family life. Don't miss this class. It will change the way your family relates.
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BPU 202: How to Be Intentional About Spiritual Training (pending)
Parents are the primary spiritual trainers of their children, not the school, not the church, and not the TV or neighborhood. But how can you train your children spiritually? In this class you'll learn how to be like Jesus who used parables to teach valuable spiritual truths to his disciples. You'll also learn how to help your children build convictions in their hearts. The Bible is exciting and relevant. You know that but do your kids see how the scriptures are relevant to their lives. They will as you implement the strategies you'll learn in this class.

BPU 203: Heart-Based Solutions for Sibliing Conflict(pending)
A child's first class in relationship training happens at home with siblings. There are three roadblocks to sibling harmony. Anger causes fighting and quarrels. Children need to learn the skills of becoming peacemakers. Selfishness is the desire to be first or best. Continual competing and comparison often hinder any sense of unity in a family. Parents need strategies to help address these problems since many times their approach inadvertently encourages the selfishness in kids. Foolishness is the teasing and other immaturity that doesn't see the consequences of current actions. Parents need a number of tools to address this common problem. You'll receive those tools in this very practical, hands on class.

BPU 204: Infants and Toddlers: Where Do We Start? (pending)
Good parenting patterns start when you come home from the hospital. Unfortunately many parents in an attempt to establish authority or to avoid teenage rebellion miss the valuable heart-based lessons that children need in infancy. Parenting requires shifts and each developmental stage provides the opportunity to learn specific heart qualities. There will be plenty of opportunities to teach children responsiveness to authority later on in life. Infancy is a time to learn trust and develop a sense of security. Practical areas of early child development are addressed such as sleeping, eating, and potty training. You'll love the practical approach to young children presented by Joanne Miller, a pediatric nurse. She and Dr. Turansky guide you through the beginning stages of parenting.

BPU 205: Strategies for Addressing the Stages of Adolescence (pending)
Parents must make parenting shifts that accompany the developmental stages of their children. The teen years contain three stages of adolescence. Understanding them gives parents hope and practical ideas for helping their children develop independence and maturity. You'll learn how to deal with media, computers, and technology, how to communicate with teens who don't want to talk, and how to teach your children about sex. It's all part of the training of teenagers. If you have teens you'll want all the tools possible to help them grow and mature. You'll learn many of them in this class.

BPU 301: Helpful Tools for Single Parents and Blended Families (pending)
The family has many faces today and all of the classes of Biblical Parenting University are designed with single parents and blended families in mind. But there are some specific needs children face as they grow up in an alternative family situation. Parents too need help to avoid the common pitfalls. We've been working with single parents and their children for years. We help parents deal with guilt and anger, and we offer practical strategies of parenting alone. We help blended families maximize their relationships, deal with re-entry when a child returns from time with the other parent, and foster an understanding of unity in family life. Any family can be successful. The traits of a successful family don't require a traditional situation. Your family, whatever its makeup, can enjoy healthy strong relationships. We'll show you how.

BPU 302: Creating Individualized Plans for Challenging Children (pending)
Many children have specific challenges and they don't respond well to the techniques taught in typical parenting books. We've been working for years with children who have ADD, ADHD, ODD, or one of a host of other struggles. Most of these children need individualized plans that are tailored to their needs. In this class you'll explore a number of the tools needed to help children on a deeper level. You'll learn about a five part plan and how to implement it to see change in 30 days. That doesn't mean that your child will be perfect. Many of these children need therapy over the long term. But we believe that you are the best therapist for your child if you have a good plan. We can help you develop that plan for your child.

BPU 303: Adoption – A Unique and Special Calling (pending)
Children who are adopted seem to have unique and special needs. It's true that the classes at Biblical Parenting University are appropriate for these children but many adoptive families need additional solutions. This class explores significant issues of bonding, conscience development, and heart healing. The practical approach provides parents of adopted children with tools to deal with the specific issues these children face. Many kids who are adopted for example have a hard time with closeness, honesty, or self concept. You'll be surprised at the practical advice. Keep in mind that Dr. Turansky and his wife have raised two girls that came into their family just before they turned four years old. Furthermore, he and Joanne Miller have worked with hundreds of adopted families to provide them with the tools they need.

 

 

 
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