Ever wish children came with instruction?

Now they do!


Here is every tool you need to learn the special language and actions effective parenting–from toddlers to teen and beyond. This definitive guide was reached and developed over 15 years and proven successful in more than seven years of field tests. It’s teeming with the best of the best–more than 100 highly practical parenting skills in a step-by-step, easy-to-use format. These are the solutions that work, everyday, at home, at day care and in the classroom.

You’ll learn how to ask yourself three simple questions…

to find your own ideal solution to any parenting challenge, including:

sibling squabbles

picky eaters

temper tantrums

bedtime hassles


power struggles



friendship fall-outs

morning delays

messy rooms


sassy, smart-mouthed kids






“Strangers come up to me on the playground and ask,

‘Where did you learn to talk to your kids like that?'”

Carolyn McDermott,
     Mother of three children


Praise from parenting professionals

“The proven principles and practical examples within this tremendous book are a phenomenal resource for parents to turn again and again. This toolshop is definitely one-stop shopping.”

Dr. Stephen R Covey
author of The Seven Habits Highly effective Families

“An innovative way to choose helpful responses to almost any problem, including those in adult relationships! Most important, Pawel’s advice is positive and trustworthy, I highly recommend it.”

Jane Nelsen, Ed.D
author of the Positive Discipline book series

“A comprehensive and valuable resource for parents, teachers, counselors–anyone who works with children. A must for every parenting library.”

Barbara Coloroso
author of Kids are Worth It! and Parenting with Wit and Wisdom in Times of Chaos and Loss 

‘The Parent’s Toolshop is wonderful. It’s psychologically sound and should enhance and support most other parenting programs. Any parent should profit from its advice and techniques.”

Jim Fay
author of Parenting With Love and Logic

“Wow! This book is packed with wise and practical ideas for almost every parenting challenge you could imaging. And through it all runs Pawel’s warm message of love and respect for parents and children alike.”

Martha Farrell Erickson, Ph.D.
Director of the Children, Youth and Family Consortium–University of Minnesota


Every day is a new chance to be a better parent.

This book takes you there.

Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, is a second-generation parent educator with more than 20 years of experience. She is the founder of The Family Network, a nonprofit parent-to-parent group. As president of Parent’s Toolshop Consulting, Ltd., she provides training programs and writes advice columns and education materials for parents and family service professionals in her uniquely entertaining and informative style. Jody was also the assistant producer and on-air child care expert for the Emmy Award-nominated Ident-a-Kid television series. Throughout the U.S. and Canada, she is frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows, and her advice is regularly quotes in newspapers and magazines.