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ERIC Number: ED440724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 460
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-929643-34-9
The Parent's Toolshop: The Universal Blueprint for Building a Healthy Family.
Pawel, Jody Johnston
Noting that building and maintaining healthy family relationships is analogous to building a house, this book guides parents through a self-paced parenting workshop to help build healthy relationships, prevent problems, and respond effectively to situations that occur. With the exception of Chapters 1 and 3, the chapters are designed to be self-contained "toolsets." The chapters are: (1) "Touring the Parent's Toolshop"; (2) "Foundation-Building," examining parenting styles and their effectiveness in achieving long-term parenting goals; (3) "The Universal Blueprint," identifying six general types of problems and applying the universal response formula to each; (4) "Self-Esteem," using descriptive language to encourage positive behavior and stimulate internal motivation in others; (5) "Cooperation," focusing on building teamwork and cooperation; (6) "Independence," teaching children life skills so they can handle more freedom responsibly; (7) "F-A-X Listening," responding helpfully when someone else has a problem, without taking over and solving the problem for them; (8) "Problem-Solving," teaching independent, responsible problem-solving and decision-making skills; (9) "Keep Your Cool," understanding anger and stress and how to manage them; (10) "Clear Communication," expressing feelings and concerns without blame, criticism, lectures, nagging, or hidden messages; (11) "PU Toolset (Unintentional Misbehavior)," dealing with redirecting misbehavior resulting from children's lack of skills or maturity; (12) "PO Toolset ('On Purpose' Misbehavior)," focusing on why people misbehave and how to avoid ineffective reactions; (13) "Discipline," offering effective disciplinary techniques; (14) "Family Council," teaching ways to effectively consult the entire family when decisions or problems affect the family; and (15) "Three C's: Consistency, Criticism, Confidence," offering suggestions for maintaining progress. (KB)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A