Peace Begins At Home

Positive Parenting is an idea based on the assumption that all children are born good, are altruistic and desire to do the right thing. Knowing that, we can teach and discipline them without breaking their spirit. Once you understand the logic behind your child’s misbehavior you can then correct their mistaken belief about how to feel loved, powerful and valued in the world. Positive Parenting teaches discipline that builds your child’s self-esteem, while at the same time correcting their misbehavior. With a relationship built on trust and mutual respect, you will retain a positive influence with your child through their teen years and into adulthood.

Where do I start?

Try one of my mini workshops to get started! Positive Parenting is a lifestyle. My full parenting workshop covers all aspects of your child's growth and development (not to mention your own). I'm offering these recordings of live workshops along with handouts designed to tackle specific issues and give you real word examples of Positive Parenting. I guarantee that after listening to one of these classes and putting in a little effort to follow the instruction you will see the results you are looking for.

A great introduction to Positive Parenting, my teaching style and the benefits of healthy communication with your child.

Are you currently dealing with any of these common parenting issues?

  • A child who demands to be the center of attention
  • Siblings who fight
  • A child who pushes others around
  • A child who whines and says “I Can’t”
  • A toddler who has repeated temper tantrums
  • A child who turns everything into a Power Struggle
  • A teenager with an attitude

Thank you for this wonderful class, Debbie. I feel such an incredible calming sense when you are teaching. It’s such a relief to know that if I don’t “win each battle,” I can still have great kids and be a great parent! I’m so excited for the coming weeks

Julie M.

Class participant

Dealing with Power Struggles

An Online Video Class

What you'll learn

Understand why kids misbehave

Effectively stop a power struggle with a child using one of the eight ways you will learn to get out of power struggles

What you'll learn

Use the most important tool a parent has to prevent all types of misbehavior in your kids, including power struggles

What you'll learn

Identify a power struggle vs. other types of misbehavior

Choose any of eleven ways you will learn to prevent future power struggles

First class information on a crucial topic. Very helpful for parenting little or older kids...

I was able to start using this knowledge as soon as my son came home from preschool and we had the best night we've had in a long time.

Very helpful... new points of view... I think about our relationships with my son... I learned a lot about preventing power struggles... thank you so much!

Dial-A-Discipline will help you know how to respond when your child doesn’t listen, defies you, is hurtful or hateful, or whines and complains.

Do you find yourself saying...

“Just a minute” or “Don’t interrupt”
“How many times do I have to tell you to…”
“You do it right now!”
“Don’t talk back to me”
“Stop Whining!”

I cover a lot of common issues on my blog too!

Homework Tips

Tips for Homework by Deborah Godfrey When it comes to homework and schoolwork, I am passionate about teaching kids responsibility and ownership.  One problem that often occurs is that the parent can be more “invested” than the children in schoolwork,...

Success Story with a Toddler

A mom contacted me last week for help: “Hi! I have a 3.5 year old that is very challenging. He makes everything complicated from getting in the car to walking in the parking lot. Time out doesn’t work with him. He refuses. I’ve taken away toys but...

When Spouses Disagree About Parenting Issues

By Deborah Godfrey When two people get married and decide to have children, they rarely talk about the specifics of how they plan to raise these children.  Most people have a “de facto” attitude that says, “My parents raised me x, y or z way and I turned out just fine...

Bedtime Without Struggling

Bedtime Without Struggling by Kathryn Kvols and Helen Hall, RN, MSN, CFNP “Zachary, time for bed.” “NO!” Two year old Zachary responds, running toward the playroom. Mother follows close behind, pleading, “It’s time for bed, honey....

9 Things To Do Instead of Spanking

9 Things to do Instead of Spanking – by Kathryn Kvols Research confirms what many parents instinctively feel when they don’t like to spank their child, but they don’t know what else to do. The latest research from Dr. Murray Strauss at the Family Research...

Hi, I’m Debbie –

Debbie Godfrey

Debbie Godfrey

Mother, Grandma, Certified Parent Educator, Author

I am a certified Parent Educator, bringing over 24 years of expertise in the parenting education field to the classes and workshops I provide. I teach the Redirecting Children’s Behavior parenting class and the Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom training in schools and community centers around the world.

Parents LOVE my workshops because they are practical and provide tools they can go home and use immediately with their kids. I am known for bringing compassion and humor into my teachings.

My current focus project is my Positive Parenting Teleclass. After years of teaching and traveling, I have been able to compile my complete eight week workshop into a program that can be taken at home while still providing the group interactions that parents want and thrive on.

I currently split my time and teaching between New York, California, Virginia and Kentucky and I joyfully travel to new destinations when a community invites me to speak.