Positive Parenting Solutions: Does This Course Really Help?

I found Positive Parenting Solutions after writing one of my recent posts, “Are You a Yeller?“, and thought it would be interesting to give it a try to see if it really helped.

From Whiny and Upset....
From Whiny and Upset….

I’m always open to any good advice about raising kids, especially if it’s helpful enough to make me and my grandson’s lives happier.  

All of the yelling, reminding and nagging…the stress of it all can really get to ALL parents at times.

Besides, if you’re a grandparent like me and raising your grandchild(ren), I think you’ll agree that we could use all the help we can get!  Yes, we’ve raised children before, but it IS a little different nowadays, so it doesn’t hurt to be up to speed with things.

to being Happy!
to being Happy!

So what is Positive Parenting Solutions?  It’s a parent education course that shows you different ways to handle situations and behaviors involving your children (and others!). 

These small changes you make in your approach leads to a happier, healthier, less stressful outcome for both you and your child.

This course cover all ages from toddlers to teens – a HUGE plus!

What will this training cost you?

Positive Parenting Solutions offers a Free Quick Start Guide which includes parent education, as well as free webinars, and an awesome newsletter.

There is no obligation and no credit card required to receive the Free Quick Start Guide!

There are also 3 levels of paid Parent Education Courses…

GOLD level pricing is $29.95/month or a $299.00 one time payment.  This is for lifetime course access and also includes coaching calls, forum, and mp3 course recordings.

SILVER level pricing is $24.95/month or a $249.00 one time payment.  This is for lifetime course access.

BRONZE level pricing is $19.99/month or $199.00 one time payment, and is good for 1 year of course access.

The creator of this parent education program, Amy McCready, was featured on the Today Show, and in my opinion is extremely knowledgeable.

Keep reading to see WHY I’m convinced!

Does this REALLY help? 

Well, I went through some of the parent education courses and actually learned a lot. But of course what I learned had to pass the “ultimate” test – trying it out on my grandson!  Best way to find out if it’s something that works, right?

What I learned was to substitute the word “if” with the word “when“.  For example, “When you are finished your homework then you can play your video game”, instead of saying “If you finish your homework you can play your video game”.

So what’s the difference? Well, when you use the word IF then what you’ve said sounds more like a bribe than if you use the word WHEN.  If you re-read the sentences above you’ll actually see the difference!

Why does this matter?  Well if you’re clear in what you say, and say it calmly then walk away (yes, I learned that too!), then your child knows that they have to complete what you’ve asked them to do before they can do what they want to do.

If they don’t do what you told them they need to do first then they don’t get to do the activity they REALLY wanted to do.  (Warning: You HAVE to follow through on this to see results!)

This simple word switch actually prevents a possible power struggle (which ultimately leads to all that yelling, nagging stuff we’re trying to STOP doing!).

Did this work when I tried it out?

Amazingly enough it DID!

The downside to this is that it doesn’t work in every situation (yes, I started saying “When you do this or that” then there was nothing that made sense to come after that…I probably sounded ridiculous!lol).

The good thing is that you’ll be able to learn about other “tools” available to you for other situations you’ll encounter over your years of parenting.

Will you mess up and forget to use “when” instead of “if“?  Yes you will, constantly!  It takes practice but I can honestly say just that one little thing made a big difference (and avoided a bunch of bickering I’m sure!).

Should you try this?  Well, it sure won’t hurt, and you’ll be very surprised how much it’ll help!  

To access the Free Quick Start Guide and also receive a really great newsletter, which I also found very helpful just click here.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did!  Please let me know what you think and if the tips work for you too!


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12 Comments to Positive Parenting Solutions: Does This Course Really Help?

  1. That sounds amazing! I am not a parent but I handled kids at a childcare centre before and some of them can be interesting to work with. Some parents also expressed their frustrations with their children at times, so this recommendation will really help parents with their children 🙂

    • Hi McKing,
      You’re right, a lot of parents who’ve worked all day and come to get their kids at childcare are tired and seem to be easily frustrated with their kids. This definitely helps with that, I am also practicing the great “tools” I’m receiving from this course. Makes a HUGE difference, and actually makes life more pleasant!

  2. Hi Lori,

    Great site and made up to hear that positive parenting solutions worked for you.

    I think these types of programs should be taught in schools so as children grow up with a better knowledge of how to communicate effectively.


  3. Your advise is very practical. I believed that parenting should be teach in schools to the teenagers. Instead of teaching them useless non-practical stuff, like calculus and chemistry. We should teach them life skills like this.


    • Hi MisterWailor,
      That’s a great idea! They used to have Home Economics class in school when I was younger, not sure if they still do. But parenting SHOULD be taught in high school so teens will know what kind of responsibility is involved, and of course how to be a good parent when they grow up.

  4. I love to use “when”. “if” makes it sound like it is optional 🙂 If I asked to you do something, there are no “if’s” about it. Looks like a practical course. We can all use all the help we can get!

    • Hi Amanda,

      It’s actually a very obvious thing…the difference between using “if” and “when”. For some reason a lot of parents don’t realize it until it’s pointed out. Then seeing how well it works is amazing! Love learning things like this that make everyone’s life easier! I agree, we can use all the help we can get!


  5. Quite interesting. It’s amazing what difference one little word can make.

    It’s like offering a reward for good behavior as opposed to offering a bribe.

    “If” sort of gives an option to do or not do whereas “when” pretty much sets the course of action to take place.

    Thanks Lori. -RDub

    • Hi Randy,

      I couldn’t believe it that changing that one word would change the outcome so much! It’s been really interesting trying out the “tools” offered…and actually seeing a HUGE difference in behavior (in both me and my grandson!).


  6. This really sounds it would help and make parenting a lot simpler. It really seems like this stuff would really work, but it could really be costly for some parents who are making ends meet. Great tips you shared anyway!

    • Hi Terence,

      It really does help a lot! The free course and webinars along with the free newsletter all have very helpful advice that’s working for me (as long as I remember to actually use the advice!lol).


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