Category Archives: Videos

No Parenting Problems – Learning to Say “No” the Right Way

Leonard Mukai and Family
The Mukai family
L-R, James Long-Goth, Leonard Mukai, Amy Kessinger-Okuyama. Day at the Park, a family fun and educational event sponsored by Thy Word Ministry, March 10, 2010.
An affiliate of Starts at Home Leonard Mukai, Ph.D, has an excellent online program called No Parenting Problems. He and his wife Cecilia Mukai, Ph.D are giving this 30 day video presentation FREE to encourage and help parents;  he believes parenting “Starts at Home” and is sharing his program. Speaking to Leonard, his most distant viewer comes from Russia who found his lessons simple and effective.  Each video is about one minute.  Here’s a link to one (1) of thirty (30) FREE videos.
You know how difficult it is to teach a child and sometimes when we say “no”,  all hell breaks loose …. the crying, the pouting, the tantrum and tirades.  This video teaches us one way how to say “No” the right way.  It’s a pretty simple and cool technique; enjoy this one minute video.
To get started on this FREE program visit;  the concepts shared are ageless wisdom.
Enjoy your children and family; encouraging parents and loving children starts at home.

The Magic of Singing with Children

What do 1st U.S. President George Washington, singer Elvis Presley, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  comedian Sinbad, and singer Katy Perry have in common? Answer: As children, they all were raised and influenced by the church and gospel music, then later in life influenced our society.

In the below YouTube video, these children singing are not only learning music, also reading, stage confidence, public speaking, and teamwork. Music greatly has a positive effect on early childhood development.

I had the fortunate opportunity to serve on the University of Hawaii’s Presidential and Regent’s Scholarship selection committee for four years. Hawaii’s brightest students competed for the most generous scholarships the University system offered; its objective was to keep Hawaii best students in Hawaii. One common tread stood out among the gifted winning applicants, they all had music training.

As parents, singing with your children or having them participant in music programs can influence their success. Enjoy the video !2 Days of Christmas – Jesus Style – Messiah.  Lyrics to this song is available on YouTube, click “show more”, additional information is available.

Amy and I would like to say thank you very much to Miss Emily, Mrs. Pacheco, Mrs. Newcomb, and Mrs. Niimi for teaching our children to sing at the Kaumana Baptist Church – Keiki Land Preschool Program, in Hilo Hawaii.

Happy Holidays,  Joy and Peace to Everyone.

Linguistic Genius of Babies – “Koro” – TEDx Rainier – Patricia Kuhl

Understand "Koro" and infant linguistics

Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indian, parents are teaching their children to speak English to compete in this new global economy.  How about American children learning other languages to compete in the new global economy?  Through digital technology and better communications, the world keeps getting smaller, and knowing other languages will continue to be an important skill to have.  Teaching children other languages can prepare your child’s job success as well a help develop an appreciation for international arts and sciences.

A new language “Koro” is being spoken to six months old infants. This new language has opened the doors for researches to understand language development. It’s fascinating to understand how children from a very early age can acquire language.

At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.”

As parents we can help our children acquire new language before the age of seven by exposing them to different opportunities such as:

  • Having family and friends who speak other languages talk to them in the other language.
  • Enrolling children in foreign language school before the age of seven, see chart below.
  • Watching safe and age appropriate cartoons in a different language.
  • Encouraging multi-lingual communications at home.
  • Encouraging a baby sitter to speak in another language.
  • Allowing grandparents to speak to children in another language.
Starts at home encourages parents to train a child in the way to go before the age of seven. Before the age of seven parents have a opportunity to equip children for a fruitful and rewarding life.
More on Dr. Patricia Kuhr. Dr. Patricia K. Kuhl is the Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning, Co-Director of the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, Director of the NSF-funded Science of Learning Center, and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She is internationally recognized for her research on early language and brain development, and studies that show how young children learn.

Treasures of the Heart – Our Families and Children

Where our heart is so will be our treasures. We seek treasure is where moths and rust cannot take away, our treasure is eternal,our treasures are our families and children.  We love our  spouce and children willing to sacrifice for them. God give us the wisdom to love, teach,  nurture, and discipline our children. We hope our children will joyfully obey and be a good follower, willing to listen and follow parents.