UPDATED October 2017
Are you at your wits end trying to deal with your child’s behavior? Then keep reading and I will share my thoughts with you about an amazing program called Positive Parenting Solutions.
This program really is one of a kind! Please don’t let the price tag scare you if you are struggling with getting your child’s behavior on track.
The amount of information in this course is easily worth 1000’s of dollars.
I spent over a week going through just the course itself.
But don’t worry, if you still feel at a loss there is so much information in the specialty modules and expert series.
By the time you have gone through all of those you will be well onto your way of putting all of the screaming and fighting behind you.
Some of the topics covered in addition to the main course include:
- Bedtime struggles
- Calming the morning chaos
- Drawbacks to rewards and praise
- Consequences that actually work
- ADHD 101
- Potty Training
- And many more!
This program will also be a great asset to teachers and early childhood educators looking for positive ways to manage behavior in the classroom!
Before taking this course I felt pretty confident in my parenting skills.
I would never say my parenting skills are perfect, but my schooling definitely helped with that skill set.
But, I must say, after taking the Positive Parenting Solutions course I realized that I really didn’t know everything.
I was already implementing some of the tips and strategies that Amy shares, but I also learned so many new tips!
I applied the advice as I went through the training. After only 3 days there was a noticeable difference in how my children responded to me and also how I talked to and engaged them.
If after reading my review of Positive Parenting Solutions you still have questions, make sure to leave a comment or contact me directly! I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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Amy McCready – Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions
Amy McCready founded Positive Parenting Solutions over 10 years ago.
Amy is a mother and parenting educator who realized that she was a parent who was always yelling and battling with her kids.
Amy decided that she did not want to parent this way.
Therefore, she took several parenting courses focusing on Adlerian Psychology and positive discipline.
These courses helped her develop her own program which evolved to become Positive Parenting Solutions.
You may have seen Amy in the media as she is a regular guest on the Today show!
What Is Taught In The Program?
The whole premise of the program is to parent with positivity and respect.
Instead of yelling and constantly battling with your child, Amy teaches parents how to change their own attitudes and behavior.
This program is aimed at parents whose children are between the ages of 2 to teens.
It is a large age range, but the tips and tricks that are taught are valuable for a child anywhere in this age group.
Each strategy can be tweaked to be appropriate for the age of your child.
The classes are offered online at your convenience.
You simply log into your account and watch whichever lesson you would like, access is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Amy also offers members Question and Answer sessions during the week and on weekends.
In addition there is a members only Facebook page and live webinars for those purchasing the Gold Package.
Take a look at this video for a quick tour of the online course
To summarize, this program will help you with parenting issues such as:
- Learn why children really misbehave and how your parenting style may contribute
- Reduce family stress and keep things organized – how to be a happy, healthy and respectful family
- Get tools to help deal with whining, helplessness and bad attitude
- Master how to parent without nagging, yelling and constantly reminding your child(ren)
- Teach your kids how to resolve sibling rivalry on their own
- How to get kids to do chores around the house, as well as the do’s and don’t around allowance
- Find out how to hold your kids accountable through appropriate consequences
- Gain insight into tools to stop power struggles including tantrums, backtalk, negotiating and being disrespecful
Amy also offers 1:1 coaching calls via phone or video chat. These are at an additional cost.
An In Depth Look At Topics Covered In Positive Parenting Solutions
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article there is so much information at your finger tips once you have registered for this course. Whether it be the Gold, Bronze or Silver Package.
Each session comes with a downloadable note taking guide, FAQ and recap of previous sessions.
Before you get started with the sessions, make sure to go through the introduction first.
Here is a glimpse at how simple it is to make the strategies taught in this course a success in your home!
Session 1: Why Do Kids Really Misbehave?
You will have access to 6 videos, 2 articles and 4 interactive guides
You’ll also learn a bit about Alderian Psychology where one of the major premises is that children deserve dignity and respect.
Here’s an overview of the topics covered:
♦ Birth order and behavior
♦ Parent personality survey & results
♦ Ego states of personality
♦ Mind, Body & Soul Time
The key points I took away from the first lesson in the program is that children seek to belong and be significant, behavior is goal oriented and children misbehave when they are discouraged.
These points are so important that they make up the core concept of the Positive Parenting Solutions Program.
Here’s what the course looks like once you are a member. It is extremely easy to navigate and work through.
Session 2: Encouragement & Training
In this session you get 11 videos, 4 handouts and 4 interactive guides.
This lesson challenges some widely held parenting paradigms such as:
♦ Rewards motivate behavior – what parent or teacher doesn’t use rewards to get kids to “behave”?
Amy will show you why this approach Does Not work in the long term.
♦ Giving allowance for chores – I am guilty of this. I’m also guilty of withholding allowance when my kids refused to do their chores.
Since taking the course my kids no longer do “chores” but they still contribute to keeping our house running smoothly.
They also get an allowance that is in no way tied to their responsibilities around the house.
Amy does a wonderful job at articulating why parents need to move away from “chores” and getting an allowance for said “chores”.
But she doesn’t leave you hanging.
She provides tangible strategies that you can implement immediately. And they work!
Some other topics covered include: negative ways parents use their power, praise vs encouragement, using a calm voice, training kids, and a few others.
If you decide to go with the gold or silver packages make sure to watch the 1hr and 15 minute training video on allowance specifically. It was really eye-opening!
Session 3: Power Struggles & Consequences
In this session you’ll receive 8 videos, 3 articles and 1 interactive guide.
Power struggles have been an on again off again issue in my house.
Session 3 really opened my eyes to some of the things I was doing that probably did more harm than good.
I wish I would have gone through this program when my kids were younger as I resorted to Time Out too many times to count.
If you have tried time outs (over and over again) you probably know that they don’t really seem to work.
Well, Amy will tell you exactly why they don’t work and what you should do instead that is so much more effective!
Check out Session 3 to learn about power struggles, choices (proactive vs reactive), consequences vs punishment, helping kids develop emotional intelligence and why time out’s don’t work.
Session 4: Mistaken Goals Of Behavior
This session comes with 6 videos, 6 articles and 1 interactive guide.
Here you will learn about 4 mistaken goals of behavior – how to identify them and what to do instead.
Plus, if you are the parent of a tween or teen there is also information specific to dealing with mistaken goals and the 11+ age group.
Session 5: Sibling Rivalry
Here you have access to 7 videos, 5 articles and 1 interactive guide.
If you are sick of being a referee for your children then this lesson is for you. I learned so many valuable tips and tricks. I’ve already started implementing quite a few of them.
In this session you will learn about the impact of labeling children (no matter how innocent the label is – for example, “my child is shy“) plus 4 Solutions For Overcoming Sibling Rivalry.
If you are lucky and your children actually do get along or you only have one child, don’t rush passed this lesson.
There are still many tips that you can add to your parenting toolbox here.
Session 6: Family Meetings
This is the last session in the course. You get 4 videos plus a detailed and interactive review of the parenting toolbox.
The parenting toolbox is where Amy adds each strategy that is taught.
This gives parents a quick guide they can easily look at when trying to figure out next steps when their child is acting out.
Here you will learn about the importance of having family meetings and what should be covered in the meeting.
You won’t be left hanging as there are plenty of examples for how to structure this kind of meeting and what topics should be covered.
Don’t worry, as boring as it sounds, Amy gives some great tips to make this a time that everyone looks forward to.
What Does All Of This Cost?
There are 3 levels to Positive Parenting Solutions (Gold, Silver, Bronze). Each level contains the following:
I highly recommend that you watch the Positive Parenting Solutions FREE webinar.
Amy provides some great advice that you can put into action right away!
You will also learn information such as the fact that it is best to only use “consequences” with your child in 10-15% off all “misbehaving” situations.
I know that for many parents “consequences” are the go to form of punishment when their child is misbehaving.
Therefore, this technique is probably used much more than only 10-15% of the time.
Final Thoughts About Positive Parenting Solutions
In addition to the free webinar, there is also a comprehensive blog on the website with valuable information that can help you get started on the track of positive parenting.
Make sure to look at it!
I tend to stay away from high priced parenting programs but this is one that I have no problem recommending! It is well worth the investment.
And it’s applicable to all families with children between the ages of 2-17!
Make sure to check out the website Positive Parenting Solutions for more information.
If you have tried this program, please share how it worked for you in the comments below!
Or, let me know if you feel that this is something you would try.