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  • Writer's pictureP.E.T. South Africa

Embracing Emotions at Home

Are you tired of the daily battles and emotional rollercoasters that come with parenting?

If you're nodding your head in agreement, you're not alone. Parenting can be tough, but there's a powerful tool out there that can help you navigate the ups and downs of family life while preserving the connection between you and your children. It's called Dr. Thomas Gordon's Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.), and it's all about dealing with the whirlwind of emotions in your home.

Active Listening: Connecting Heart-to-Heart

Imagine this scenario: You've just picked up your child from school, and you can tell they're upset. Instead of jumping in with advice or brushing off their feelings, you decide to give them your full attention. You make eye contact, listen carefully, and resist the urge to interrupt. This is the magic of active listening, a cornerstone of P.E.T..

Active listening is like turning on a bright spotlight on your child's thoughts and feelings. By truly understanding your child's perspective, you not only validate their emotions but also build a bridge of trust and open communication. So, when they tell you about a tough day at school or a playground squabble, they know you're there for them, ready to help navigate the stormy sea of emotions.

I-Messages: Expressing with Heartfelt Honesty

Now, let's switch gears to a common scenario in many households: your child has left their toys scattered all over the living room, yet again. In the past, you might have said something like, "You're so messy! You never listen to me!" But with P.E.T., you have a better way to communicate your feelings and needs: I-messages.

I-messages are all about owning your emotions and expressing them honestly but respectfully. Instead of blaming or shaming language, you say something like, "I feel frustrated when I see toys all over the living room because it makes me worry about tripping and falling." See the difference? You're sharing your feelings and concerns without attacking your child's character.

Using I-messages not only fosters a more positive atmosphere at home but also sets an example for your child in how to communicate their own feelings and needs.

Problem Solving: Building Bridges, Not Walls

Picture this: Sibling rivalry is in full swing, with your kids arguing over who gets to watch their favourite TV show. In the past, you might have imposed your authority or resorted to punishment, but with P.E.T., you can choose a different path: problem-solving.

P.E.T. teaches parents and children how to work together to find solutions that meet everyone's needs. You gather your kids and ask them to brainstorm ideas. Maybe they can take turns choosing shows, or you can set a schedule for TV time. The key is to find a solution that's mutually satisfactory. No winners or losers here!

By embracing problem-solving, you're teaching your children valuable life skills like cooperation, negotiation, and compromise. Plus, you're building strong bridges of connection and understanding between family members, making your home a hub of harmony.

In a world filled with emotions and challenges, Dr. Thomas Gordon's Parent Effectiveness Training offers a ray of hope for parents seeking to create a warm, loving, and understanding home environment. Active listening, I-messages, and problem-solving are the three key principles that can transform your parenting journey and help you deal with all the emotions in your home.

So, if you're considering taking a P.E.T. course, know that you're embarking on a journey that can lead to happier, more peaceful days with your children. It's a journey of connection, communication, and understanding – a journey that can change your family life for the better. Embrace the power of P.E.T., and let the love and harmony flow through your home like a gentle, soothing breeze.

Remember, your role as a parent is to guide and empower, not to do everything for your child.


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