Author name: Jody Johnston Pawel LSW CFLE

How to Get Kids to Turn Screens Off and Turn On to Life

When you were young, before you had 24-hour access to a cell phone, social media or computer, what did you do? How much time you spend each day outside, doing something physical, or with other kids? Did you ever read a book under a shade tree, fall asleep, and take a nap in the breeze? …

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BEDTIME IS A NIGHTMARE . . . HELP! TIPS FOR MAKING BEDTIME PEACEFUL

BEDTIME IS A NIGHTMARE . . . HELP! TIPS FOR MAKING BEDTIME PEACEFUL My three-year-old son is very active and gets more so around bedtime. We have a bedtime routine that begins at 8:30 p.m. and includes a bath, healthy snack, storytelling, teeth-brushing and three books. After I turn out the lights, I sit by …

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What Are Parenting “Best Practices”?

We, at Parents Toolshop® — well, actually every parenting division of our parent company, Relationship Toolshop® International Training Institute, LLC — adhere to and promise to only teach you “research-based, trauma-informed best practices” in parenting. Yes, even if your child does not have a known trauma history, it’s important you know and use these parenting …

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Table of Contents – The Parent’s Toolshop® book

Acknowledgments ……………………………………………………………………………….. vi-viii Introducing Your Toolshop Tour Guide…………………………………………….. ix-xiv Chapter 1: Touring The Parent’s Toolshop……………………………………………….. 1 Another Parenting Book? • What The Parent’s Toolshop Does • Suggestions for Use STEP A: PREVENTION TOOLBOX……………………………………………………………….. 19 Chapter 2: Foundation-Building Toolset…………………………………………………… 21 Establishing a Common Language • What Are Our Parenting Goals? • Parenting   Styles • Parenting as …

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How to Talk to Your Children About the Coronavirus without Scaring or Stressing Them

By now, most school-aged children have heard about the coronavirus, whether by overhearing the news, parents talking to others, other kids at school, or from school administrators when they temporarily close the school. Even homeschooling parents must address why they aren’t visiting libraries and other public places and events they frequent during homeschool activities. Everyone …

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Using Family Councils to Problem-Solve, Make Decisions & Build Closer Relationships

 Fred and Tammy are both hesitant about using family councils, but for different reasons. When Fred was growing up, they had family meetings where the kids would vote on decisions. Sometimes he and his two siblings were able to “stack the vote” against their parents, so they’d be sure to get what they wanted. Other …

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