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What Will You Learn?

Book Club Outline - 8 week


Parent Effectiveness


Book Club

What is the P.E.T. Book Club?

​In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, that we are all learning to deal wtih, Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) Book club is a chance to have an interactive discussion about the content within the P.E.T. book.

For 8 weeks, a small group of parents will look at two chapters per week. Participants and Instructor will dive into the Parent Effectiveness model for an in-depth experience that will ready those participants for taking the P.E.T. course when it is safe to meet face-to-face again.  Within the the book, you will learn proven communication skills to help you become compassionate without being permissive, and to be more assertive without bribery, yelling or commercialized techniques such as time-out. 

What will you learn?


How to talk to your children so that they will listen to you.


How to listen to your children so they feel genuinely understood.

solve problems

How to resolve conflicts and problems in your family so that no one loses and problems stay solved.


How to confidently communicate and create a more calm happy family ecosystem.

Book Club Outline

Two chapters a week


Week 1

  • Chapter 1 - Parents are Blamed but not Trained

  • Chapter 2 - Parents are Persons, Not Gods


Week 2​

  • Chapter 3 - How to Listen so Kids Will Talk to You

  • Chapter 4 - Putting Your Active Listening Skills to Work


Week 3

  • Chapter 5 - How to Listen to Kids too Young to Talk Much

  • Chapter 6 - How to Talk so Kids Will Listen to You


Week 4

  • Chapter 7 - Putting I-Messages to Work

  • Chapter 8 - Changing Unacceptable Behavior by Changing the Environment


Week 5

  • Chapter 9 - Inevitable Parent-Child Conflicts: Who Should Win?

  • Chapter 10 - Parental Power: Necessary and Justified?


Week 6

  • Chapter 11 - The "No-Lose" Method for Resolving Conflicts

  • Chapter 12 - Parents' Fears and Concerns about the "No-Lose" Method


Week 7

  • Chapter 13 - Putting the"No-Lose" Method to Work

  • Chapter 14 - How to Avoid Being Fired as a Parent


Week 8

  • Chapter 15 - How Parents Can Prevent Conflicts by Modifying Themselves

  • Chapter 16 - The Other Parents of Your Children

Children are more likely to open themselves up to receive their parents' message if their parents hear them out first. 
-Dr. Thomas Gordon

more talking

Your children will feel free to discuss their problems and concerns with you instead of withdrawing.

no lose method

You will learn how to work with each other instead of against each other.

everyone participates

Everyone can participate in rule-setting so all will feel motivated to comply with the rules.


Your will be able to children will learn how to deal with their feelings, express them and move forward


You’ll gain confidence in yourself and your parenting

more peace, more love

Fewer power struggles–less tension, less resentment, more fun, more peace, more love.

How will your family benefit?

I am more calm, I am trusting my son more. Our home space feels safer to all of us. I think we feel we can talk to each other without fear.

- Mom of a teenage son

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