ERIC Number: ED440724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Development, Child Rearing, Children, Cooperation, Decision Making, Discipline, Family Communication, Family Environment, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Materials, Parenting Skills, Parenting Styles, Parents, Problem Solving, Stress Management
Ambris Publishing, P.O. Box 343, Springboro, OH 45066 ($24.95). Tel: 888-415-1212 (Toll-free); Tel: 513-748-4541; Fax: 513-748-4620; Web site: http://www.parentstoolshop.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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