Parenting/Educator Newsletter
October 25, 2017
This month we have combined the two newsletters to make an important announcement and provide you with a glimpse of the future. Next Month will have a Parent Newsletter and an Educator Newsletter with different content in each.
In This Issue
1. Parent Talk Tip of the Month
2. Chick's Retiring – Almost
3. Meet Katrina Jackson
4. Meet Alisa Divine
5. A Glimpse of What We're Working On
6. Parent/Teacher Conference Conversation Video
7. The More Than Beautiful Project Video
8. Anti-violence/Anti-bullying Book
9. Thomas' Schedule
10. Katrina's Schedule
1.  Parent Talk Tip of the Month:
Replace, "You shouldn't have said that," with, "I wonder how he would have reacted if you had said it this way?" 
2. Chick's Retiring!? Well, Almost.
A rumor has been brewing. We've heard it and we know you have too. Chick is scaling back, semi-retiring, about ready to ride off into the sunset.
Let's set the record straight.
Chick is by no means done. He is still available for workshops and seminars for parents and educators. He'll also be writing an occasional article or two for the Newsletters. He is simply handing over the reins for Personal Power Press, Inc. to Thomas.
So what does this mean?
It means a slightly new look to the practical information Chick and Thomas have been providing in the Response-able Parenting Newsletter and the Educator Newsletter to help you raise responsible, caring, confident children. You will notice a more digital presence with video and audio content.
It means two new faces added to Personal Power Press, Inc.: Katrina Jackson and Alisa Divine
3. Meet Katrina Jackson

Katrina Jackson is a professional educator with over 27 years of experience teaching special education students in grades K-12.  Her practical experience leaves her with a wealth of knowledge in communicating effectively with at risk students using verbally empowering intervention strategies. She is an enthusiastic and passionate facilitator with experience training several professional development models including Charlotte Danielson's Four Domains,
Great Expectations, Parent Talk System and the Teacher Talk Advantage. She has  trained Teacher Mentors to support and encourage new teachers. She is a graduate of the Teacher Leadership Academy as a trained facilitator for professional development.
4. Meet Alisa Divine
Alisa Divine specializes in portraits for women age 8 to 80, as a legacy builder. Alisa is founder of The More Than Beautiful Project, which was developed from a need she saw in young women to be seen and known for more than their physical appearance. She is on a mission to cultivate a new generation of women who are empowered to be the best versions of themselves and move forward in creating satisfying lives. In addition, Alisa is co-owner of Personal Power Press and provides content for women and mothers on establishing their own personal power in their personal lives, families and careers. Alisa lives in Frankenmuth, MI with her husband, Chris, and their eight children. If you would like Alisa to speak at your event or group, you can contact her at:

Phone: 989.737.9823
5. A Glimpse of What We're Working On
A new FREE Newsletter (Yes, this will be the third one)
It’s just for women and focuses on empowering women in the work force and at home.
New Books from Thomas:
DISSOLVING TOXIC MASCULINITY – The 7 Lessons for Raising Boys to Become Empathetic, Compassionate Men
VERBAL EMPOWERMENT EXERCISES – Evidence Based Verbal Strategies for Managing Anxiety and Reducing Depression
LEAVE ME ALONE! How to Get Your Parents Off Your Back. A complete Guide for Adolescents and Teens
New Books from Alisa:
THE POWER OF A PORTRAIT – Women Beyond Domestic Violence
POWERHOUSE MOMS: The Traits of an Empowered Working Mom
New Books from Katrina:
TEACHER TALK IN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM – The Visuals that Bring Teacher Talk Alive for Students with Special Needs
CONSCIOUS CHOICES – Choices Get You Places, Where Do You Want to Go?
Pod Cast for Parents
Download practical strategies on a variety of parenting topics from How to get your Kids to do Homework to Dynamic Discipline Equation to The Myths of Effective Discipline.
Online Courses
THE PARENT TALK SYSTEM: The Language of Response-Able Parenting – The popular 6 week parenting class available online to view and review whenever your schedule permits
THE 6 BEST PARENTING STRATEGIES EVER – Based on the awarding winning and best-selling parenting book, The Only Three Discipline Strategies You'll Ever Need

Stay Tuned as we unfold these resources and many more.
6. Parent/Teacher Conference Conversation Video
7. The More Than Beautiful Project Video
8. Anti-violence/Anti-bullying Book
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign that was founded in 2006 by the PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center to unite communities across the United States to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.
In honor of National Bullying Prevention month you can receive a 50% discount on a fast-paced Sci-Fi Adventure novel with an anti-bullying message. Offer ends mid-night October 31.
It was written by Reese Haller, one of the youngest award-winning, published writers in America.
This 270 page novel has profound messages about bullying, violence, and community written for middle-school and high-school students.
It includes discussion questions, instructions for how to tell someone if you are being bullied and tips for putting an end to bullying in your school.
Only $5.00 each (plus shipping and handling).
9. Thomas' Schedule
Thomas on Television Answering Viewer Questions:
Family Matters Segment – Every Wednesday at 12:15 pm on WNEM TV5 News at Noon

Family Matters Segment – Every Sunday at 7:45 am on WNEM TV5 Weekend Wake-up

Family Matters Segment – Every Monday at 9:15 am on WNEM TV5 News @ 9:00 am

Hot Topics Segment – Every Monday at 9:45 am on WNEM TV5 News @ 9:00 am

Past segments can be viewed on-line at
Thomas' Presentation Schedule:
November 16, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm.  Tragedy and Journalism: Practical Strategies for Interviewing when Tragedy Strikes, Mott Community College, Flint MI
September 12, 2018 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, The 10 Best and 10 Worst Things to Say to Children, Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan Annual Conference, Shanty Creek Resort, MI.
September 13, 2018
8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Practical Strategies for Managing Angry and Aggressive Children, Juvenile Justice Association of Michigan Annual Conference, Shanty Creek Resort, MI.
10. Katrina's Schedule
New Teacher Academy
October 25 2017
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 6 Verbal Strategies for New Teacher, BAISD  
Contact Katrina
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