Personal & Family Development

English Series

Hello and welcome to the ENRICH parenting program. ENRICH stands for Education to Nurture Responsible Influence in the Caring Home. During this series of seminars, Al Friesen explores many critical topics facing parents in our world today. The task of raising healthy, well-rounded children in an increasingly challenging world can be a daunting task even for the most devoted parents.

Al offers parenting instruction that is truly refreshing. He includes many practical illustrations stemming from over 30 years of personal experience at home and as a professional. Al has served as a pastor, an educator in both public and private school settings and he continues to serve as a counsellor and seminar leader around the world. He and his wife Laura and have four married children and numerous grandchildren.

Some of the concepts found in the first nine sessions of the ENRICH Parenting program use, with permission, ideas taken from the STEP Parenting Program, written by Dinkmeyer, McKay, and Dinkmeyer.

You’re in for a thought-provoking and insightful video series so, sit back, open your mind and enjoy ENRICH Parenting.


Program 1 The Younger Years

1. What's Inside Your Child's Head? Introduction to understanding children's behaviour and our own discipline practices. 

Overview with Al Friesen

TOPICS: Do we Need the Creator?, Morality and Spirituality, Parenting Depth and Commitment, Knowing Each Other, Free Will 

TOPICS: Where the Action Is, Attention Seeking, Security Produces Harmony, To Be In Control, Romance. Three important components into a well-functioning family unit.

2. How Emotions Can Trap Us? How parents' overzealous attempts at being “good” to their children by doing many things for the child that the child can and should be doing for themselves - may actually result in negative personal development for the child. This can lead to a weakening in the blending process desired for wholesome family-building.

3. Building Your Child’s Self Respect Understanding how praise and encouragement differ, how negative attitudes and behaviour feed discouragement, and how positive attitudes and behaviour contribute to encouragement as we foster a healthy family unit.

TOPICS: To Get Revenge, Dealing With Temper Tantrums, Successful Creative Discipline, To Show Helplessness, Summary 

4. Do You Really Hear Your Children? How to build effective listening skills and show real empathy with your children by learning to graciously walk in your child’s shoes while building a healthy family unit.

TOPICS: Avoiding Embarrassment, Parameters, Nurturing Amongst Company, Parent-Child Connectors, Contribution, Harmony, Co-operation, Responsibility, Goals of Discipline, Summary




Program 2 Solving Problems

Introducing SOLVING PROBLEMS with Al Friesen

5. What Is The Problem? How to examine different potential solutions, learn to determine who the problem really belongs to, and then find effective ways to express feelings to your child, as you continue to build a well-functioning family unit.

6. How to Be Responsible How to identify various commonly employed parental methods – authoritarian, permissive, and responsible. We will then examine the effects of using reward and punishment or consequences on your child.

7. How to Avoid Being Manipulated Become pro-active instead of reactive and, more importantly, choose the correct action, as you seek to build a healthy family unit.

8. Finding Solutions to Problems Do you struggle with “finding solutions to problems” in your home? Most of us do. How to learn to understand, how to be in charge in a non-threatening way, and learn to work together as you continue to build a well-functioning family unit.


Program 3 Responsibilities

Introduction to RESPONSIBILITIES with Al Friesen

9. Being Responsible Clearly identifying our goals, by not being controlled by the opinions of others and by taking advantage of our own strengths, as we build a strong family unit.

10. Using Discipline Using discipline correctly and effectively is one of the biggest challenges parents face. Using discipline as a preventive measure, by anticipating the child, being creative, and creating rules that serve as a backbone for learning, not a brick wall. This is accomplished by setting up firm, fair, friendly fences, which then gives freedom to both the parent and the child.

11. Children's Needs In general, Children’s needs relate to their age but more specifically, that when children “set the fences” in the home, everyone becomes more insecure, and when the parents set those boundaries everyone becomes more secure.

12. Dealing with Brokenness in Our Relationships A final word to parents on dealing with problems in a step by step way, through the “Ten Practical Commandments” to live by, and how to repair broken relationships in the home, as they seek to build a well-functioning family unit.


Program 4 Growth and the Teen Years

13. Five Area's of Growth As children grow up, they need to learn from our example and teaching. Unless all five areas are developed and employed, our relationship building and growth is very fragmented.

14. Happier Living and Growing Kids for Jesus Find true happiness, and stop looking for it in the wrong places. The forth lesson will give us God's recipe for growing children. Namely, the basic things they need to become what God has intended for them to become.

15. Christian Dating Very basic, practical, and safe ideas for dating, for young people and adults alike.

16. What Turns Teens Away From and Toward Jesus What kinds of things parents and other adults do that turn teenagers away from or towards Jesus. Parents will have a clearer picture as to what things to avoid, and what practical things we need to embrace, as we seek to build a well-functioning family unit.


Program 5 Managing Anger

17. Anger Management How to learn to manage our anger, how to connect with God’s strength, and how deal with those who use anger and rage throughout their lives.

18. Temper Tantrums How do we deal with out-of-control temper tantrums among adults, teenagers, and children — in our homes? In our schools? In our churches? In our neighbourhoods? On our streets? And in our work places?

19. Fighting Fairly How to fight fairly in our homes, schools, churches, neighbourhoods, work places and on our streets. Learn how not to do it, and how to do it in a respectful way.

20. Growing a Stronger Family What seven pillars do mom and dad consistently live out in their lives, as models, for their children and their children’s friends, to learn to live by in their lives?

Full EpIsode: Session 3 (of 16) From Managing Anger:

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