Descriptions and Benefits



Systematic Training for Effective Parenting


The Parent's Handbook 

helps meet the challenge of raising a family. 

Topics include:

Chapter 1. Understanding Yourself and Your Child

Chapter 2. Understanding Beliefs and Feelings

Chapter 3. Encouraging Your Child and Yourself

Chapter 4. Listening and Talking to Your Child

Chapter 5. Helping Children Cooperate

Chapter 6. Discipline That Makes Sense

Chapter 7. Choosing Your Approach 

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Seven classes will

benefit your most important role in life!

Parenting Young Children:   


This guide provides tools for parenting; infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  


Topics include:

Chapter 1.  Understanding Young Children

Chapter 2.  Understanding Young Children's Behavior

Chapter 3.  Building Self-Esteem in the Early Years

Chapter 4.  Listening and Talking to Young Children

Chapter 5.  Helping Young Children Learn to Cooperate

Chapter 6.  Discipline for Young Children

Chapter 7.  Young Children's Social and Emotional Development

In addition, learn to:

  •     Apply the 'Four Purposes of Behavior and Misbehavior' (D. Dinkmeyer et al, 1997)

  •     Make your discipline plan    

  •     Hold routine family meetings  


STEP programs: the building blocks for amazingly constructive family time!  

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting of Teens

The Parent's Guide

Topics include:

Chapter 1. Understanding Your Teenager and Yourself

Chapter 2. Personality Development

Chapter 3. Emotions:  A Source of Support or Frustration?

Chapter 4.  Encouragement:  Building Your Teen's Self-Esteem

Chapter 5.  Communication:  Listening

Chapter 6.  Communication:  Expressing Your Feelings and Exploring Alternatives

Chapter 7.  Discipline:  The Development of Responsibility

Chapter 8.  Discipline:  Selecting the Appropriate Approach

Chapter 9.  The Family Meeting

Chapter 10.  Special Challenges

The Parent's Guide shows parents how to encourage independence, cooperation, self-confidence and so much more.  

D. Dinkmeyer Sr., G. McKay, and D. Dinkmeyer Jr. (1997).  The Parent's     Handbook.  STEP Publishers, LLC.

D. Dinkmeyer Sr., G. McKay, J. Dinkmeyer, D. Dinkmeyer Jr., J. McKay. (1997).  Parenting Young Children.  STEP Publishers, LLC.

D. Dinkmeyer & G. McKay (1983).  The Parent's Guide.  STEP Publishers, LLC.


The Hands-on Respect Massage in Schools Program (MISP)

"The effects of massage are immediate

...yet they last a lifetime."

At Care to Calm, LLC we align with the Mission Statement from MISP:  

The mission of the Massage in Schools Association Program is to provide high-quality and professional training to all teachers and caring adults willing to bring nurturing touch into schools.  

Students will learn to interact with kindness & decency...through 16 safe-touch hand to back, head, neck and shoulders....such as the bear-walk, climbing down the rope, bunny hop & more!

The students takeaway:  routine!  

(and reminders....)

The classroom with thrive!


This student-led program can be implemented throughout the school year! 

The results, students: 

  • Get along better

  • Focus more effectively

  • Look forward to attending school.

  • And, student confidence increases

  • So, it promotes a sense of self.

As a result of MISP participation, students have become:

  • Calmer

  • More inquisitive

  • More harmonious

  • Kinder

  • Less aggressive

  • Able to make social contacts more easily

  • More positive socially

  • Able to concentrate more successfully

  • Less stressful     


Nurturing touch:

Allows neurotransmitters to do their job; the release of oxytocin, opioids, dopamine, serotonin, melatonin and minimizes ACTH and cortisol.  For more information see the site below.  

M. Elmsäter & S. Hetu.  (2007).  Massage in Schools Programme.  Manual for MISP Instructors  UR Publications & Programmes, Inc.