Parent are blamed but never trained
Whether you’re the parent of a young child or a teenager, it’s a challenging job and one that requires training and skills to do well.
Unfortunately, children don’t come with an instruction manual. And, being a parent doesn’t always mean that you automatically or instinctively know what to do.
So, what is Parent Effectiveness Training?
P.E.T., Parent Effectiveness Training, is a program that offers parents the specific skills applicable in any and all circumstances to build and maintain effective relationships with children.
Dr. Thomas Gordon’s, Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) class is the pioneering program that has helped millions of parents around the world.
P.E.T. is not just bits and pieces of useful information and is NOT a quick-fix. It’s a complete model and learning it gives parents the chance to become experts themselves in dealing with the inevitable problems that come up in all parent-child relationships. This is a 24-hour program and the schedule depends on the individual P.E.T. Instructor.
Origin of PET
This program was created by award-winning psychologist and three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Dr. Thomas Gordon in 1962. PET is regularly updated with up-to-date examples, new content and more.
And we know it works. It’s been tested and proven around the world for the past 50+ years.
Who teaches PET?
All PET classes are taught only by instructors certified by Gordon Training International throughout the country and in many different countries. Instructors are regularly evaluated and updated.
• The positive effects of P.E.T. last longer than the eight weeks training. In fact, they lasted as long as a 26-week follow-up,
• P.E.T.’s positive effect on children increased over time,
• IQs of the children increased significantly over the years with a mean increase over 8 points,
• Social development progress; he is popular and a leader; he is friendly and good natured; he seems emotionally secure, serene, unexcitable; he has had close attachments to his parents and is able to adjust to his teachers.
Check out more details in this link: http://www.gordontraining.com/parent-programs/p-e-t-research/
Can PET skills be used effectively with infants?
The answer is, quite simply, yes. You might be thinking how is that possible? Doesn’t P.E.T. require active listening and verbal communication? With older children and toddlers, the answer is certainly. But infants aren’t capable of verbal communication just yet (unless you consider crying a form of verbal communication!)
The key to using P.E.T. skills with infants is understanding and decoding non-verbal clues sent to you by the infant and then responding to these clues with potential solutions.
How can PET help me deal with my teenager?
As kids grow older and discover their own ways to get their needs met, their reliance on their parents lessens. As a result of this, kids begin to learn that their parents threats will not affect them. Inevitably, parents run out of things to threaten or punish their children with.
Aside from the uselessness that punishment incurs, the long term effects on the child’s behavior can be experienced as a very rude awakening for their parents. It is a commonly accepted idea that teenagers are inherently rebellious. I can’t help but wonder if people really believe that this rebellion comes from no other reason aside from their age.
According to P.E.T., children don’t rebel against their parents; they rebel against their parents’ power. The teen years are those in which the children gain more independence and ability to survive without needing mom and dad.
How would a PET class look like?
The P.E.T. class consists of brief lectures, demonstrations, workbook exercises, role-playing, some homework and small group discussion.
Each class participant will receive a set of P.E.T. materials which includes the P.E.T. book, a P.E.T. Workbook, a Participant Certificate and a copy of Dr. Gordon’s Credo.
How would I know if PET is good for me?
PET isn’t a quick fix program.
PET works to prevent problems before they occur, i.e., “training before trouble” and works to fix parent-child relationships that have begun to deteriorate.
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