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Total run time: 52 minutes
Audience: Grade 6 - Adult
Encourage and engage parents and children to create lasting bonds to build stronger families. Join parenting experts, Michelle and David Neujahr, and their grown children as they share their tools and ideas for helping to build steadfast family ties that last a lifetime. The Neujahrs share their experiences and explain that taking time to think about who you are as a family, what you believe, and what’s most important will help your family grow and stay strong for the long haul.
Short video segments include:
• Vision (10:31)
• Define Your Family (7:00)
• Be Positive (8:32)
• Establish Rules (8:35)
• Spend Time Together (9:18)
• Support One Another (8:22)
Building Strong Families
"Intended for students in grade 6 through high school as well as adults, Building Strong Families is a DVD documentary about families can most effectively reinforce their bonds and help one another through the ups and downs of life. The program consists of "Vision" (10:31), "Define Your Family" (7:00), "Be Positive" (8:32), "Establish Rules" (8:35), "Spend Time Together" (9:18), and "Support One Another" (8:22). Printable teaching materials are available at www.learningzoneexpress.com/worksheets online. Accessible and viewer-friendly, Building Strong Families is enthusiastically recommended for both public and school library DVD collections. 52 min., closed-captioned."
--Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch: May 2016
"The family that works on it together . . . stays together? Yes, according to this title that follows one family's path to building and reinforcing healthy and strong relationships. Michelle and David Neujahr are parenting experts who here offer their perspectives, along with comments from their children (now all young adults). Divided into several sections—including 'Establish Rules,' 'Define Your Family,' 'Spend Time Together,' 'Be Positive,' and 'Support One Another'—the program's strong theme is that the paths towards achieving family goals can and should vary. Viewers are advised to create a goal statement for the family—defining what the family is and wants to be, what each individual desires, and what everyone's role should be in getting there. Perhaps the best part of the process is not planning and dreaming, but rather the interactions and bonding that can happen when discussing key questions. The concept of self-care is also given attention, including encouraging parents not to forget about their own health, time with friends, and romantic traditions (including regular 'date nights'). While the information is solid, and both mom and dad are parenting experts, it might have been nice to observe a more diverse range of families in order to see how others employ the principles offered here. Even so, this is still a fine guidance program that could provide tools to help enrich the lives of viewers with families. Recommended. Aud: P. (C. Block)"
--Video Librarian Review, September/October 2016 (Volume 31, Issue 5)