Tomas and Gabriela are parents of three young children, ages six to ten. They are running themselves ragged between two jobs, soccer practice, and homework. Every night the children come up with new, creative arguments about why they should not go to bed, do their reading, or turn off the TV. Tomas and Gabriela don’t have enough energy for the arguments, so they find themselves giving in time after time just to keep the peace.

Anthony is a bright twelve-year-old boy starting middle school. He got good grades in elementary school, and loves pitching on his baseball team. But older members of the team party on the weekends and tease him for talking about going to college. Anthony thinks his friends are cool, but that his parents “don’t have a clue”. Recently, he told his parents he was spending the night with his best friend, but he actually went to a party instead. The next day he skipped his afternoon classes. His parents are determined that he go to college and have a better opportunities than they’ve had, but they’re worried that their dream is slipping away.

Veronica is a single mom with two toddler sons and a teenage daughter, Mia. After the younger children were born, Mia changed from a straight-A student to a sullen, argumentative, distant young woman. She sometimes skips school, she is failing four of her six classes, and she lies to her mother about where she is on weekends.

These parents and the parents you are working with are being trapped in these situations, and their children’s ability to learn is being compromised.

What if we could help parents identify 7 of the common parenting traps that keep their children from learning at their full potential?

Better yet, what if we could provide 7 practical tools for disarming these traps?

We’ll be posting overviews of each Trap & Tool, and the Learning Advantage for each Tool. Following these one page overviews, we’ll follow with more in depth content, all here on the Parenting Partners/Family Leadership website and Facebook page.

Each of these tools build parents’ ability to implement a systematic approach to positive discipline, even when they are the most tired, stressed, and busy. We’ve seen thousands of parents stand up to “Discipline Deficit Disorder” with these positive, practical tools in their Parenting Partners workshops. Each of these tools is found in Parenting Partners workshops 4 & 5 and we’ve learned that they really make a difference for our families!

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