Psychotherapist Judy Pardo first discovered the P.E.T. program over 20 years ago when she realized her desire for a more effective method of parenting her 2 year old son. Her experience with the program inspired her to apply the methods to her practice. Pardo discussed the differences of P.E.T. from other parenting methods with Steve Patterson and Chris Stefanick of Two Beers with Steve.
Pardo said that the success of the book relies on the fact that P.E.T. does not see parents and children as different, which she points out is a fundamental flaw in other parenting philosophies.
"Children are fully formed people. They have thoughts, they have feelings. They are the same as us, they just lack education and experience. That was part of Thomas Gordon's credo, his message, and Parent Effectiveness Training is really based on open and honest communication, direct communication, and mutual respect that everyone has the right to get their basic needs met. It is truly a democratic system, there is no place for power or authority in that. It really values the individual as an autonomous being at whatever age," Pardo said of the program.
Chris compares the success of the Parent Effectiveness Training program to another bestselling book.
He said of the P.E.T. book: "I've read many books on parenting and none of them were that great. In fact, until I'd read P.E.T., the best parenting book I read was Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. But that isn't specialized for parenting, it's just a general book on communication."
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About Gordon Training International
Gordon Training International (GTI) headquartered in Solana Beach, California, is a world-renowned human relations training organization. GTI was founded in 1962 by Dr. Thomas Gordon, a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who is best-known for his Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.) and Leader Effectiveness Training (L.E.T.) programs. http://www.gordontraining.com/
About Village Parenting
Village Parenting operates out of New York city and was founded by Judy Pardo, LCSW, and Glenda Stoller, LCSW to assist families with resources and counseling through the various stages of their children's lives. http://www.villageparenting.com/
About Two Beers With Steve
The 'Two Beers With Steve' Podcast is an informal discussion about a wide range of important issues; from economic crisis to backyard gardening and the role of government as well as peaceful parenting . The format of the show is akin to a few friends having a serious conversation over a few beers, hence the title of the podcast. http://twobeerswithsteve.libsyn.com/
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