(Click on the picture above to see the opening video.)
Nurture is a
half-hour television program by award-wining veteran
broadcast journalist Tony Seton that explores some of the significant changes in child-rearing
through two transformative generations of California motherhood. Featuring ideas of how to
better nurture children, Mother Nurture is for everyone who is thinking of becoming a parent,
for those people who already have children, and for those who simply want to make a better
world for all children, for generations to come.
Trent is a single father who gave up a high-paying position so that he could be with his son more often.
Eyad comes from a culture that understands the vital role that the whole family plays in rearing the children.
|The Production Staff|
Richard Childs edited the program and created its look.
Jay Farrington handled the sound recording.
Kathleen Callan voiced the Toddler Tips.
Jonathon Lee wrote and performed the music.
© 2001 Tony Seton Communications
Toddler Tips - A dozen Toddler Tips were discovered in the course of researching Mother Nurture. To hear an audio version of the Toddler Tip, click the symbol.
#3 - Pets and young children don't always mix well. Sometimes pets resent the competition for affection and take it out suddenly and unfortunately on the child. More often, the problem is a toddler who accidentally pokes a dog in the eye can get scratched or bitten, or knocked over by the animal trying to escape. Make sure to protect young children from animals and vice versa.
Much of the information for Mother Nurture came from comments solicited from dozens of
thoughtful parents, as well as non-parents who have given some thought to the subject.
They were asked What advice they would have for people thinking of becoming parents.
There were some traditional ideas reinforced, plus some fresh thinking that could be useful.
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Realize that it is a commitment for the remaining years of your life.
We don't ever stop parenting! Good, Bad or Indifferent......once a MOM always a MOM!
We have four grown children (ages
38, 37, 30 and 28) who still require and seek advice,
counseling and general nurturing. It is human nature. The best advice...be prepared...
understand the complete consumption of time, energy & money raising a child brings.
You never know if you've done the
right things for your children until it's too late to
Successful parenting is 70
percent love, 20 percent luck and 10 percent discipline.
Love means knowing that sometimes "no" is the most loving answer, but saying
"yes" as often as possible brings much more joy to parent and child. Luck is the
popular modern name for "the Grace of God". Discipline means "teach", not
"punish", and teaching involves lessons proving that actions bring consequences
-- good and bad, but even bad ones may be mitigated.
For more of their comments...click here.
Story...It's about a gardener who is cleaning out his potting shed and in the
behind a bag of planting mix, he comes across a flower bulb of a kind he's never seen before.
He decides that he will plant the bulb, and nurture it, and see what it will become. He will
read up and give it the most informed, best considered care he can. He will protect it from
danger and disease. He will nurture the bulb to planthood to the best of his ability, and will
respect the results. So with our children.
... to Linda, Denise, Trent, Eyad, Connor, Jonah, and Elijah.
...also to Mina Patel and the Montessori Academy of Corona, California.
...and to Rob Reiner and everyone who supported Proposition 10.
The Shasta Children and Families
First Commission provided the funding for the production
of Mother Nurture. Muffy Berryhill is the Executive Director.
For more resources on
child-rearing, you might contact the
California Children and Families Commission.
To order your DVD of Mother Nurture ($16.99), please click here.
© 2001-2011 Tony Seton Communications