Parent Effectiveness Training is a proven method to bring parents and their children together and to show parents how to help their children become mature, healthy, happy, and loving. Parents completing the training had these tangible results:
Less fighting, fewer tantrums and lies;
Warmer feelings, closer relationships;
Rules that are established and followed;
More responsible children;
Parents that are neither dictators nor doormats;
Genuine friendship and respect betwen parents and children.
Parent Effectiveness Training : The tested new way to raise responsible children, by Thomas Gordon. PET is a proven method to bring parents and children together and to show parents how to help their children become mature, healthy, happy and loving.
This is a wonderful, realistic, easy-to-use program. I first used this as one of the many, many textbooks in one of my Family Studies classes toward by BS in Family Studies.
I also used it as a parent of a toddler. This book is good because it trains the parent to remember how it feels to be a child on the other end of adult responses. It also helps parents learn some new skills (or refresh themselves) to help with parent child communication. These skills actually help in all communication, but we don't often remember our own children deserve for us as parents to step back and think about our communication styles and their impact on our children.
Ummm . . .
Maybe I will keep this one out and review it myself now that I have a teenager before placing it in the bin with the other posted books :)
This is a really good book for people with really poor parenting skills.
I know this may sound like a really harsh statement, but as far as parenting books go PET isn't exactly groundbreaking science. The principles and habits are no-brainers such as, "listen to your children no matter how absurd they sound" and "don't let them do drugs". Also, one of the "deeper" philosophies given is that parents should "try to be friends with their kids, you don't always have to be the parent" where as most books today would state the opposite. I was very excited when the book came in the mail and am even more excited to see it go...