Parenting from the Tree of Life

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Part One

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Part Two

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Part Three 

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Combined class(all 3 parts)

Hartville, OH                                          North Olmsted, OH

Greentown, OH                                     Brecksville, OH                         

Oberlin, OH

Amherst, OH

Springfield, OH 

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17 week 3-part series for parents of children 3-13 years of age
  • Part 1 - Life, Children and Relationships - 6 weeks
  • Part 2 - Life, Children and Character- 6 weeks
  • Part 3 - Life, Children and Encouragement and Correction - 5 weeks

With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class.  This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity.  We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here

It has been said that there are two significant moments in life. The first is the moment you are born; the second is the moment you discover why you were born.  Part One (Life Children and Relationships) of Parenting from the Tree of Life reflects the belief that God originally intended man to only know the goodness of His life, and interact with a culture of virtue consistent with His personhood.  Although modern society is filled with corruption, judgment, discouragement and death, The Life Series provides parents a way of escape, by showing them how to speak and elevate life to their children. This series ties the heart of God to the rhythms of our home life by teaching relational components shared by healthy families. No parent possesses an omnipresent power to predict all parenting outcomes, let alone control the future. However, children tend to reflect the priorities and values of their home life. Thus, priorities held today by Mom and Dad will shape their children's future for years to come.  Be encouraged: learning to parent from a Life perspective, to say the least, is life-changing. 

In Part Two (Life, Children, and Character), the focus shifts to the moral education of children. Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo, along with Rich and Julie Young, demonstrate how young children learn moral lessons, internalize meaningful values, and then translate them into social skills. Raising children who are kind, courteous, respectful, cooperative, confident and sensitive to the needs of others is achievable.  Be encouraged!

As a mom or dad you have probably come to realize there are times when your child will reject your reasonable instructions.  What should you do in those moments? In Part Three (Life, Children, Encouragement, and Correction), parents learn how to guide with instruction, motivate with encouragement and establish necessary boundaries through correction.  Learn how to parent wisely. There is much a parent can do to prevent behavorial problems in the first place. Much of what is discussed in Parts One and Two speaks to the positive, preventative side of training. Yet, the reality remains, correction will still be necessary. The good news is this: understanding the working components of instruction, encouragement and correction will give you healthy confidence in your parenting to provide a loving, secure home for your child. 


Growing Kids God's Way


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Dalton, OH  

Hartville, OH

Oberlin, OH

Brecksville, OH

Greentown, OH

North Olmsted, OH

Lorain, OH


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18 week class for parents of children 3-18 years of age
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class. This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity. We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here

Growing Kids God's Way is a comprehensive values-based parenting curriculum.  In the title the authors, Gary and Anne Marie Ezzo, place their emphasis on God's Way meaning the way of the Lord.  We serve an ethical God.  Moral rightness flows from His being.  His moral law is a reflection of His holy character (Psalm 19:7).  More than that, He has shown man what is good and what is required of him (Micah 6:8).  Growing Kids God's Way can help any parent reach the heart of children with virtues and values that flow from the character of God.
Topics include:
  • How to help children internalize virtues and values and how to help them practically live out the character of God in their life.
  • What parents do to foster insecure children and how they can fix the problems that might now exist.
  • How to say "I love you" to your children and spouse in such a way that each member actually feels loved.
  • How fathers build or undermine their children's sense of trust and confidence in parental leadership and how to build family loyalty and identity.
  • What is true character and how do you teach your children to love and prefer each other?
  • How to help your child think with moral sensibility
  • Learn what is true biblical discipline and what are the principles of first-time obedience.
  • How to train right behavior into children so you will not have to spend unnecessary time correcting wrong behavior.
  • How to successfully handle sibling conflict, temper tantrums, and the three sister sins:  lying, cheating and stealing.
  • How to instill that wonderful life virtue of personal self-control and responsibility.



Preparation for Parenting


Current class locations

Greentown, OH  

Hartville, OH

Oberlin, OH -Beginning November 2017


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5 week class for expectant parents or parents with a 0-4 month old
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class. This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity. We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here


Preparation for Parenting is the first class of an 8-part series that has gained national and international recognition.  In this season of life, a new baby in the home can bring added stress. This class gives parents confidence and peace of mind in caring for their newborn. Baby becomes a welcome member of the family as parents learn how to help infants naturally organize their feed-wake and sleep rhythms.  The result is a happy, healthy and contented baby who will begin sleeping through the night on average between seven and nine weeks of age. 



Babyhood Transitions


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Greentown, OH  

Hartville, OH

Brecksville, OH

Oberlin, OH


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4 week class for parents of a 4-12 month old  (PREREQUISITE: This class is intended for parents who have completed Preparation for Parenting)
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class.  This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity.  We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here



It's reality-check time! You're at least four months into your tour of parenting and the complexity of child-training is starting to multiply.  The learning fields of toddlerhood are cultivated during The Babyhood Transitions phase, 5 months to a year.  Now your baby's day is filled to overflowing with sensory stimulation and learning opportunities.  How will you respond?  Certainly not by abandoning that which has brought you so much success - your baby's routine.  With age-appropriate modifications the three activities of your baby's day:  feeding time, waketime  and naptime expand with benefits and challenges.  Practical steps are laid out for successfully managing the growth challenges ahead. From introducing solid foods to introducing the playpen and everything in between - it's all here for your baby's benefit and your peace of mind.  Enjoy your pretoddler.



Preparation for the Toddler Years


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Greentown, OH

Oberlin, OH

Brecksville, OH

Hartville, OH


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4 week class for parents of a 12-18 month old (PREREQUISITE: This class is intended for parents who have completed Preparation for Parenting)
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class.  This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity.  We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here

The period between twelve and eighteen months places a child on a one-way bridge.  Infancy is a thing of the past and toddlerhood is straight ahead.  A baby still?  Not really, but neither is he a toddler and that is the key to understanding this phase of growth.  This is a period of great change and whether you're ready or not, his natural inclination and challenge of "I do myself" will become increasingly apparent.  Try taking something away and a scream of protest is likely.  Remove your pretoddler from a dangerous object and his curiosity lures him right back.  A favorite food suddenly becomes no-so-favorite and in a few months "No!" becomes the default word whether the child understands the question or not.  How will you meet the unfolding growth challenges in the weeks and months ahead?  Preparation for the Toddler Years provides answers by working through each new feeding time, waketime and naptime transition.  The presentation is practical and the principles proven.



The Toddlerhood Transition


Current classes locations

Brecksville, OH

Hartville, OH

Greentown, OH

Oberlin, OH

North Olmsted, OH 


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9 week class for parents of an 18-36 month old (with an optional 10th week on potty training)
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class.  This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity.  We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow guidance .   
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here

As a parent of a toddler you probably discovered there are times when your little one will reject or strongly oppose your reasonable instructions. Usually, that is because a two year old possesses his own peculiar way of doing things which often runs contrary to that of Mom and Dad's wishes. So what will you do when his little hands, legs and mind  take him to places he should not go?  What can you do to keep your toddler on track and moving forward?  The Toddlerhood Transitions series concerns itself with this brief but significant window of growth between eighteen and thirty-six months of age.  Parents need all the help they can get, and equipping parents with useful knowledge that will generate confidence and competency is the primary goal of this series.



Life in the Middle Years  NEW!


Current classes locations

Hartville, OH

Greentown, OH

Oberlin, OH

Amherst, OH

Dalton, OH -Beginning Mondays October 16,2017


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6 week class for parents of 8-12 year olds 
(PREREQUISITE:  this class is intended for parents who have completed Growing Kids God's Way or Parenting from the Tree of Life. Those classes provide the core teaching for parents of children 3-18 years of age).
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class. This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity.. We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance. Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here

Life in the Middle Years provides clear strategies to meet the changing needs of your eight to twelve year old child.  Middle-years children go through a number of transitions as they move away from childhood structures and move toward those all-important adolescent years.  Your children will no longer communicate the same way they did previously.  Relationships with peers will begin to change.  What the group thinks becomes important and members of the opposites sex will start to become attractive.  In short, your child is changing and maturing.  How prepared are you for this critical transition period of life?


Reaching the Heart of Your Teen


Current classes locations

Hartville, OH

Greentown, OH

Oberlin, OH

Fairview Park, OH

Dalton, OH



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8 week class for parents of teens
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class. This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity. We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here

Why do teenagers rebel?  Is it due to hormones, a suppressed primal desire to stake out their own domain, or a natural predictable process of growth? To what extent do parents encourage or discourage the storm and stress of adolescence?  
Reaching the Heart of Your Teen covers the following topics:
  • Healthy families with teens and what makes them strong.
  • Understanding teenage rebellion and peer pressure for what it really is.
  • The diminishing role of parental authority and increasing role of parental influence in the life of a teen.
  • How to establish common moral ground with your teen.
  • The do's and don'ts of parent-teen communication.
  • How to start over with a wayward teen.
  • How to truly communicate love to your teen.
  • Understanding why teens don't talk or listen.
  • What methods of correction work with teens.
  • Issues related to dating and courtship, and much more.


Reflections of Moral Innocence


Current classes locations

Hartville, OH

Greentown, OH

Oberlin, OH



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8 week class for parents with children of all ages
With the exception of single parents, we request that both husband and wife commit to attend the class. This preserves unity in your marriage and helps to avoid an imbalance in your parenting.  Of course, we understand and make exceptions for spouses who travel or work night shifts, although, we ask that they attend when their schedule allows.  Please make a note on your application to such situations.

Classes are generally held in the homes of the leaders.  This is a discipleship-based learning opportunity. We encourage you to invite your leader into your lives for the period of time that you are under their guidance.  Many long-lasting relationships have developed out of these classes.  You may opt to take additional classes with the same group, or gather together for reunions in the months and years that follow.
Have questions? Want to sign up for a class?  Please email us here


In Reflections of Moral Innocence some of the most challenging questions of parenting are answered, such as, "How can parents teach their children a biblical view of sexuality without violating their child's innocence?"  Included in eight sessions are discussions on:  defining the parameters of sexual morality; protecting the sexual innocence of your children; gender predispositions and sexual behavior; parental example and its influence on a child's perception; how to answer the big questions that come from little (and not so little) people and more.

Interested in finding a class, need help in leading a class, have questions about parenting or event details?  Please email us here.