Welcome back!  This is chapter 17 of the “Parent’s Toolshop® Guidebook: 5 Easy Steps to Responding Helpfully to Any Parenting Challenge.”

You’ve now finished learning the core tools in the Prevention Toolbox:

Chapters 7-16 gave you the tools to use in the first step of the PASRR Formula: Prevent problems from starting or worsening with the Prevention Toolbox.

Out of all the tools you’ve learned so far, here are the most important five-star tools (starstarstarstarstar) from each Toolset to remember and master using:

  • Self-Esteem Toolset: D.I.P. or Descriptive encouragement that focuses on the child’s Internal qualities and what they did that was Positive.
  • Cooperation Toolset:
    • “Don’t Say Don’t” and
    • “Choices Within Bottom Line Limits.”
  • Independence Toolset: “Teaching Skills.”

Next, you will move on to the next step of the PASRR Formula: Acknowledge the child’s feelings” and how to respond to “Child problems.”

So, today, practice all the tools you’ve learned so far and feel free to post your answers to the three questions as they relate to the Prevention Toolbox in the comment section: 

a)  What did you learn?

b) What action did you take?

c)  What results did you get?

We’ll reconnect in chapter 18 and move to the next step of the PASRR Formula:Acknowledge the child’s feelings” and learn how to respond to “Child problems.”