Did you ever think about hiring a personal trainer? Maybe take lessons to learn how to play golf or how to play the guitar? I certainly did, and I know many people do so! Many of us feel like we need an expert to teach them those complex skills, right?
When I became a Dad back in July 2015 I started to wonder: We hire all these coaches and experts who we pay to teach us all these different skills, but then we somehow take it for granted that we are born as “good parents”. That we don’t need any training on that matter? Even though it’s probably the biggest (yet most rewarding) challenge in our lives!? I certainly felt that way. But deep down I also felt that I could do better…
Today, I want to invite you to join me on my Review of Positive Parenting Solutions, which is an online course that promises to fill that gap. By teaching you “How to Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling”. Let’s take a look at it together and answer the following questions:
- How does the course keep up with that promise?
- Is the course good and is right for YOU?
- And finally: Is it worth your hard-earned money?
Pro-Tip for the busy parent: If you are less of a reader, make sure to AT LEAST check out my “Video Review And Digital Unboxing Of Positive Parenting Solutions” below to get an idea what the course is about and if it is right for YOU.
Moms. Dads. Let’s be honest: You and I, we have the best job in the world!
We have the best colleagues to work with (our partners and kids), the best office we can think of (in my case, that would be my son’s room with all the toys in it), and tons of responsibilities, which is awesome. Yes, for sure: We certainly have the greatest job on earth!
Yet sometimes (like with any other job in the world) this job drives us crazy, right?
No matter how much we love our kids: Sometimes, we as parents, happen to tilt. We start yelling. Or giving our kids timeouts – Stuff, that’s totally unnecessary and not helpful in any meaningful way.
It certainly happened to me: I happened to do these things. Things that I knew would not really help me, nor would they help my son! At the end of the day, I felt guilty, my son was sad and I would start to wonder: What if there would be an “elementary school” for us parents? What if there was someone who could effectively prepare us? And teach us strategies and tools to successfully handle these situations? Someone who would be able to help us to contribute to a better, more relaxed, and more peaceful family life on a day-to-day basis?
Introducing Positive Parenting Solutions: Learn How To Be A Calm And Confident Parent
Since you’ve made it to this blog post here, I am going to assume that you have asked yourself similar questions and I want to tell you: Fear not! There is help out there!!!
In this blog post, I want to introduce to you an online course that I came across recently called “Positive Parenting Solutions”. I want to provide an honest review of Positive Parenting Solutions to you:
- What I think of the program,
- what is inside,
- why I purchased it and
- if I would recommend it to other parents or not.
Without revealing too much upfront, let me say that I am genuinely EXCITED about Positive Parenting Solutions. It’s an OUTSTANDING online course and a brilliant resource for us Moms and Dads and worth every single penny. Let’s see why…
Positive Parenting Solutions: The Hard Facts
Let’s get a few “hard facts” about Positive Parenting Solutions out of the way before we dig any deeper. Here we go:
- Name: Positive Parenting Solutions
- Product-Type: Online Course and Community
- Website: PositiveParentingSolutions.com
- Price: From $199 (Silver Membership, instead of
$276.77) to $249 (Gold Membership, instead of $350), installments available as well
- Owners: Parent Educator and TODAY Show Contributor Amy McCready
- Overall Rank: 97 out of 100
Positive Parenting Solutions: A Product Overview
Positive Parenting Solutions is an online video course created by parenting educator and TODAY Show contributor Amy McCready. In 7 individual sessions, Amy teaches us, Moms and Dads, why our kids behave the way they do, how to decode that behavior, and how to stay calm and confident in the situation.
The course starts with an introduction to the basics that help us parents understand our children’s hidden needs. Afterward, Amy unleashes an entire toolbox of actionable concepts and means that we can use to raise, educate and support our kids, while avoiding power struggles, staying calm, and contributing to a peaceful family atmosphere. That sounds abstract, but in a nutshell, it all boils down to literally learning how you can get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling; just as promised.
Each session offers an average of 7 individual lessons (49 lessons overall). And each lesson comes with a 5- to 25-minute video and, in many cases, with additional articles and interactive content (like the “Parenting Personality Assessment”, for example).
Finally, the course offers so-called “Specialty Modules” and “Expert Series” that focus on specific topics (like “Bedtime Blues”, “Technology Battles” or “No-Strings Attached Allowance”).
The entire course is accompanied by a “Workbook”, which is really high quality and of great help. I’ll get back to this later, but I can only recommend that you check out the “unboxing” video below to see the workbook in action!
In addition to that Amy offers so-called “Ask Amy” calls, where course members can submit their questions and then get them answered in a weekly webinar. These calls are also being recorded and available to Gold members in an archive inside the member’s area, which is an incredible resource!
Finally, the Gold membership of Positive Parenting Solutions includes access to the “Gold Members Exclusive Facebook Page”, where you’ll be able to meet almost 15.000(!!!) other parents; people who are in the same boat as you are, and who are just as committed to being the best parent for their kids they can be – which is incredible.
I’ll go into each of these in the paragraph titled “What’s inside?” below. So stay tuned!
If you feel like this program could be something for you, please do yourself a favor and sign up for Amy’s FREE workshop here. Here, Amy offers tons of useful information and even if you do not end up buying the course, I promise you that this free webinar alone is worthwhile watching!
Who is Positive Parenting Solutions For? Is it right for YOU?
Now that we have the hard facts out of the way, allow me to introduce myself:
Hi, I am Chris, I am a Stay At Home Dad of my (at the time of writing) three-year-old son Benjamin. And I am a recovering yeller!
I’m not proud of it, but I want to be as transparent as possible with you: In moments of weakness, I have been yelling at my son. As I said before: Our kids are really good at driving us crazy, and they sure know which buttons to push. I certainly never wanted to yell. It never made me feel any better! It never solved a problem! And certainly, it is something that does not help our kids in ANY way. It doesn’t contribute to a peaceful atmosphere at home, and it causes stress for everyone involved.
If you’ve ever felt like this yourself (and if you’re a parent, I’d put my shirt on a horse that you have) AND you want to put an end to that to live a more fulfilled life, stay calm as a parent, and just enjoy better family life, then “Positive Parenting Solutions” is right for YOU!
I’ll go so far as to say that even the most experienced mom or dad will find something in the course that will contribute to a better family life.
Let’s Talk About Self Esteem Real Quick
I know one thing for sure: It is always hard to admit that you need or better yet want help with something. It’s HARD to ask for help! Especially for us as parents! We are the ones supposed to give guidance to our kids. How can WE ask for help without losing face?
Well, here is the thing: I didn’t feel that I NEED to ask for anything. I felt that I WANTED to do better! And I knew that I would need some reference and guidance. There is no shame in it. If you’ve made it here and you are reading this review, then I bet we’re in the same boat here.
I like to think of it this way: People hire instructors for almost everything. Want to learn how to play golf? Your first thought would probably be to hire an instructor! Want to learn how to fly an airplane? Hire a flight instructor. Even with things like money or insurance, we take this approach: Many of us hire specialists to help us with our everyday issues. Why are many of us so scared to do the same thing when it comes down to hiring someone who teaches us to be a better mom or dad?
There is NO shame in it!
I’m gonna say it is quite the contrary: The fact that you are thinking about getting help on this topic proofs that you have taken the first step of being a better parent to your kids. No matter how good you already are: Like with any other skill, there is always room for improvement and to become even better than you already are today. So CONGRATULATIONS, you are among the most dedicated moms and dads in the world. That alone makes you an amazing parent already. Be proud of yourself!
What’s Inside? The Tools And Training Revealed
Great, so let’s take a look at what is inside Positive Parenting Solutions. I have reached out to Amy recently and asked her if she is fine with me recording a “backstage” video; a “digital unboxing” where I take you inside the member’s area and show you around a bit. She was fine with it, so I’d like to present to you my “Unboxing of Positive Parenting Solutions” video below. If you consider purchasing the program, please take the time to join me on this walkthrough so that you know what you are getting well before paying just a single cent! Here we go…
Watched the video? Great! Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed the tour and you got something out of it. Now, let’s take a deeper look at what is inside Positive Parenting Solutions:
“Learn the Tools” is the main module of Positive Parenting Solutions. It’s the main online course, and it consists of seven sessions that you should really take in this order: They built on top of each other, starting with the basics and teaching you all the concepts you need to know about in order to put the tools that Amy teaches in place.
The cool thing here is that this main course is VERY, VERY actionable. Each session consists of a series of very well-produced, high-quality video lessons with complementary material such as interactive material and additional reads (articles, interviews, etc.).
At the end of session 1, Amy “hands out” the first tool that you can put in your parenting toolbox. And it blew my mind! Since I’ve learned about it, I use this PARTICULAR first tool every, single day! The interesting part is that the idea of this first tool goes very well with the mission statement and idea of this blog and my general parenting philosophy as a “playful dad”. However, I learned exactly what mistakes I have made in the past and how I can make my number one, “go-to parenting tool” so, so much more efficient! With ease!!! Impressive, really!
The One Problem With Online Courses
One problem with online courses is that you are learning all by yourself: On your own schedule and without any feedback. Now, with Positive Parenting Solutions, this problem exists as well, but Amy and her team had a very good idea to approach this problem: Whenever it makes sense, Amy introduces group situations and role-playing.
You will see other parents play out and discuss daily situations in their families, which is so helpful. I found myself sitting there quite a few times, thinking: “Hey, how do these guys know exactly what is going on in my family? And how I feel?” – And that’s when you realize: “Yeah, I’m sitting here on my computer all by myself (or with my partner, which I HIGHLY recommend), but I am obviously NOT alone! All these other parents have similar (or even the same) problems. It’s just that in real life, people don’t dare to admit it.”
And THAT is eye-opening! Well played, Amy 🙂
As mentioned before, the main course comes with a workbook, which is really, really well-designed. It has a lot of additional information, and it is so much more than “just a note-taking guide”. It’s really a very comprehensive reference handbook that you can (and should) print out so that you can browse it whenever you need to handle a certain situation.
My only concern is that each page has a lot of background color. That makes it really beautiful, but if you want to print it on your home printer, it is a bit wasteful in terms of using too much paint. It’s 93 pages, all color! If you really want to print it, my suggestion is to visit a local copy shop and have it printed there, just because it is much cheaper.
It’s also worth mentioning that each and every “Specialty Module” and module from the “Expert Series” (see below) comes with its very own workbook of equal quality, which is also great!
I love these workbooks and I really enjoyed working on them. It makes watching the videos feel so valuable because it helps you take the most important points with you to keep. You can always go back to the videos, but you don’t have to!
Specialty Modules and Expert Series
The “Specialty Modules” and “Expert Series” are 25 individual modules that cover specific, critical issues that we as parents may (and most likely will) encounter.
So, if you notice your kid has problems in school, focus on the module “School Success”. On the other hand, if you have only one child, for example, you may consider skipping the modules that are specifically targeted at parents of siblings. If your kid falls asleep easily, then you may skip the “Bedtime Blues” module. The idea here is to pick a module that covers YOUR most pressing problem and help you fix it.
It’s important to note, though, that Amy and her team suggest to AT LEAST complete sessions 1 through 4 of the “Learn The Tools” series first, because these modules provide specific information on how to use and customize the tools that you’ve learned there in those very particular situations.
Here’s an overview of the Specialty Modules included in the course:
- Bedtime Blues
- Chores & Summer Contract
- Consequences That Work!
- Entitlement Epidemic
- Family Systems
- Homework Hassles
- Mealtime/Eating Battles
- Mind, Body & Soul Time
- Morning Mania
- Say NO to Rewards & Praise
- School Success
- Sibling Squabbles
- Technology Battles
- Tweens and Teens
And finally, let’s take a look at the included Expert Modules:
- ADHD 101
- Bedwetting and Potty Accidents
- Bullying (Siblings)
- Divorce & Parenting
- Get Your Partner on the Same Parenting Page
- Helping Your Struggling Student
- Potty Training 101
- Sex Talks
Ask Amy Calls
The Ask Amy calls are calls that you can submit questions to and then join Amy when she answers them. The calls are being recorded and then made available in the member’s area. The archive lists the individual episodes with a “table of content” of the questions asked so that you can pick individual episodes that fit your particular needs (see screenshot below).
If you choose to purchase the Gold Membership of Positive Parenting Solutions you also get access to the Gold Member’s Facebook group which is also an incredible resource. There almost 15,000 members here. All of them are parents who share your problems and concerns, who know what you are going through and who also want to be better parents for their kids. It’s really a community of positivity where your parenthood can thrive. It’s an incredible resource, and it makes learning online (see my comment about that above) so much easier.
Now, this is really cool: Amy’s course comes with a fully loaded App for both iOS and Android devices. You can download it today (even without being a course member), but only really use it when you’ve purchased either the Silver or Gold membership.
Just this app alone made the Gold membership a no-brainer for me: The app gives you access to the entire course material.
And besides, the videos, reads, etc. it also offers you to download (yes, DOWNLOAD) each video’s audio track locally to your device (this feature requires a Gold membership, though). That way, you can learn while you’re commuting on the train or on the car, all without using your mobile data or being dependent on your mobile internet connection. It’s the perfect addition for the busy parent! Please make sure to watch my “unboxing” video above to see the app in action.
That’s a lot. Don’t let it overwhelm you!
So, I can literally see your main concern in your eyes. That’s overwhelming. You probably don’t know where to start, how to make time for this, and how to memorize all this content, all the tools, and how to process all this information. I understand that and that’s why it’s important to say: Don’t let it overwhelm you!
The course is very well structured, and it’s not designed for you to rush through. Becoming better at something always takes time and practice (which is the same for golf; or flying an airplane, just to get back to these examples). Allow yourself to grow. And allow yourself to take this time!
Taking this course does not mean that you’re watching a video and will never ever make any mistakes anymore. You will still make mistakes. BUT:
The course gives you the knowledge to identify these mistakes.
It enables you to reflect on your behavior and to better understand your child.
And it helps you to develop a mindset of forgiveness: To forgive yourself and your children.
Need Help? Let’s Talk About Support
Now: What if you need specific help? What if you don’t find an answer to YOUR family’s most important problem? Well, you can always contact the Positive Parenting Solutions helpdesk. You simply create a ticket within the member’s area and would get a response within 24 hours. If you decided to purchase a Gold membership, then your best bet would certainly be to join one of Ask Amy Coaching Calls, to get your individual questions answered.
And what about more general problems? Like billing or making use of Amy’s 30 Day Money Back Guarantee? In the member’s area, you find a whole tab dedicated specifically to support. Both regarding content-related questions, as well as for technical issues. They even offer a customer service phone, which you can call Mondays through Fridays 8 AM to 9 PM Eastern Time.
Personally, I reached out to the Positive Parenting Solutions Support because I wanted to request approval for my unboxing video (because it shows stuff that’s usually hidden behind a paywall and I wanted to make sure that I do not infringe any kind of intellectual property). I was surprised to see that within just 24 hours (!) Amy personally (!!) came back to me with a very personal and kind response. That’s what I call amazing customer service!
And finally, there is always the Facebook community. Even though I do not want to count that as “official support”, because my feeling is that there is already a way too many companies out there that try to establish this kind of “community support” instead of providing proper support themselves (which is NOT true for the team behind Positive Parenting Solutions), but the group is there, and there is no reason not to use it.
Let’s Talk About Money: The Price Tag(s) Of Positive Parenting Solutions
Okay, now that you know what is inside, let’s talk about pricing. Positive Parenting Solutions comes in three tiers: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. While Bronze is a very basic access to the course for a limited time (one year) both Silver and Gold will grant you lifetime access to the entire content.
If you asked me, I would always recommend going for Gold: It offers the best value when looking at the fact that it includes
- access to the app (including offline course access, which is great for commuters)
- access to the Ask Amy Coaching calls (for one year)
- access to the entire history of recorded Ask Amy Coaching calls
- access to the Facebook group
No matter what tier you decide to go with: You can always upgrade later.
So let’s take a look at the regular price tags:
- Bronze: $221.11 (or 12 × $22.21)
- Silver: $276.77 (or 12 × $27.77)
- Gold: $350,- (or 12 × $35)
BUT: If you follow the link below and join Amy on her webinar, you’ll get a FREE upgrade from silver to gold or from bronze to silver RIGHT AWAY! That leaves us with:
- Bronze: (Forget about bronze 🙂 the free upgrade makes it a silver membership)
- Silver: $199,- (or 12 × $19.99) instead of
$276.77 (or 12 × $27.77)
- Gold: $249,- (or 12 × $24.99) instead of
$350,- (or 12 × $35)
What About Upsells?
That’s a great question. If you’ve ever bought an online course before, you were probably surprised by how many upsells there can be when you log in to a members area for the first time, right? Some authors are really shameless here. They sell you a course for 50 bucks and then want to upsell you for another 200 dollars. I’ve been there, I’ve seen courses like that! It really sucks!
Positive Parenting Solutions is different. I could NOT find a single upsell. All I could find was that Amy here and there mentions her two books, which you can order from Amazon. Sometimes you’ll find an “If you want to learn more, please read Chapter XY of my book…” – Something like that. I’m fine with that. First of all, the books are bestsellers and written very, very well. They are basically must-haves for any parent anyway. And personally, I never felt I was missing something. They are really just an additional offer, but not required at all!
The course is self-contained. I felt it offers everything I need. Hence, I don’t consider the books mentioned an upsell, and I am fine with Amy mentioning them here and there. It never felt like a sales pitch to me! And the videos are really “ads-free”. So that’s perfectly fine.
The Good & The Bad
Great! So now that we have the money talk out of the way, let’s talk about the pros and cons. Here’s what I found to be good and bad about the course. Let’s get started…
- Amy is a very good and charismatic instructor
- App with local download capabilities (gold membership required)
- Great, well-designed, and comprehensive workbooks
- NO upsells
- Amy believes in her course so much that she offers you a full, no-questions-asked money-back guarantee
- REALLY Good Follow Up Mails with MANY tips to get you started (which you can obviously opt-out from)
- Video Quality is great!
- Recorded Role Play is really cool as it really helps with this online course (which you would usually consume alone, or with your partner)
- Change of Perspective: The course puts you in the child’s perspective, which is a heartbreaking and eye-opening moment
- The course introduces many counter-intuitive techniques (like not praising); and also offers solutions, like what you want to do instead
- Amy also addresses the question: “How do I get my partner on board?” If you’re wondering, Amy has solutions for that as well!
- The three membership options can be a bit confusing at first.
- The workbook is well-designed but expensive to print at home (Tip: Have it printed at a copy shop)
- The video quality of the course is really good; the audio quality, however, could be just slightly better here and there. It’s not a big deal, but sometimes I noticed volume drops in those group situations or a low-frequency humming (Tip: If you have a subwoofer, just turn down the bass and you’ll be fine. If you don’t have a subwoofer, there’s a good chance you won’t hear that humming anyway.)
- The sheer amount of content can feel overwhelming. Remember though: You do not have to implement all the tools at once. Do it step by step, and take the time to really understand the ideas Amy is teaching. Just like raising your kids, this course is a marathon, not a sprint!
My Final Opinion of Positive Parenting Solutions
Time to wrap things up: If you’ve read my review to this point and paid attention to my pros and cons, you probably already have an idea of how I feel about the course. It’s amazing! It is the best parenting course out there I could find, and I learned so much from it. After just implementing the tools from the first three sessions, the relationship between me and my son has developed so, so much.
We already had a good relationship before, but we had all these occasional meltdowns. That’s when I, as a dad, felt overwhelmed. I sometimes just didn’t know what to do. And then, all of a sudden your kid grows gets more independent and suddenly starts simply saying “No!” when you ask him something – “Huh!? What do I do now?” Amy has provided me with simple tools, that just work. Sometimes, it feels like magic, but with Amy’s explanations I understand why things suddenly work out and that is so, SO great!!!
Our family life is more peaceful, I am more relaxed and I can literally see how my son grows now that we understand each other so much better than before! I can’t wait to see the long-term payoff of the course. The short-term value is already AMAZING.
From the bottom of my heart: I recommend this course to you, whether your a mom or a dad. Purchase it now, thank me later. It’s great, you’ll love it. Promise! And if, for whatever reason you do not, Amy offers you a full, no-questions-asked money-back guarantee. There is no reason not to AT LEAST give Positive Parenting Solutions a try.
I love it, and so will you!
All the best to you and your family,
And thanks for reading,
Positive Parenting SolutionStarting At $199
Usefulness of the content10.0/10
Additional Course Material9.7/10
- Highly actionable - I could see first results after just three days(!)
- Very good and charismatic instructor
- High video quality
- Great and well-designed workbooks
- NO upsells
- Printing the workbook at home is probably somewhat wasteful (Tip: See if you can print it at a copy shop)
- The different membership options can be a bit confusing at first
- The sheer amount of content can feel overwhelming! Remember: It's a marathon, not a sprint!