PARENT PROBLEM TOOLBOX
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PARENT PROBLEM TOOLBOX
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C PARENT PROBLEM TOOLBOX
Once we enter a house, we can open the windows to let in fresh air and light or go to a bedroom. We can even explore the attic, where we store items that we don’t use every day but don’t want to throw away. Each part of the interior serves a specific purpose.
The inside of the Universal Blueprint’s house contains several toolsets that serve specific purposes. One window is the Keep Your Cool Toolset; we open it to release the toxic fumes of anger and let in fresh healthy feelings. The other window is the Clear Communication Toolset; it helps us communicate with others so they can see and understand our feelings and concerns more clearly. The two bedrooms contain the tools we need to redirect problem behavior; the PU Toolset responds to unintentional misbehavior and the PO Toolset redirects misbehavior that seems to be on purpose. Finally, the attic contains the Discipline Toolset; the tools we don’t use very often but can’t throw away. When we have a problem, we walk up the stairs (Prevention Toolbox), open the door (Child Problem Toolbox), and come into the house (Parent Problem Toolbox). We walk step-by-step through the house to find all the tools we need to resolve our part of the problem.
IN THIS SECTION
Step C: Parent Problem Toolbox. The last three steps of the PASRR formula are within this toolbox.
WHEN TO USE THE PARENT PROBLEM TOOLBOX
We only use the Parent Problem Toolbox when we have a concern or problem. When problems involve any of the SHARP RV issues (safety, health, appropriateness, rights, property, rules, or values), we use the Parent Problem Toolbox to plan our verbal response and any action needed. As with all the other tools in this book, we can use the Parent Problem Toolbox in adult relationships, too.
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