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Parents Toolshop

Our History

Jody Johnston Pawel, a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Family Life Educator and second-generation parent educator provided parent-education programs in a home-based setting from 1986 through 1992. In 1993, she formed The Parent’s Toolshop® as her private consulting business to provide family life education programs to local sponsors who requested her services. Throughout this period, Pawel was researching, developing, and field testing her own parent education curriculum while her business showed consistently increasing success. She also developed The Parent’s Toolshop® Group Facilitator Training Program, to train and certify others to teach family life education programs based on her expertise and teachings.

In 1997, Pawel independently published her parent education book/curriculum through Ambris Publishing. One thousand copies were distributed to local and regional markets, to test the interest in the book. At this time, there were already more than a dozen “Group Facilitators” teaching Parent’s Toolshop® programs in Ohio and Pawel had several ongoing service contracts.

In 1998, Parent’s Toolshop® products and services gained the attention of parents and professionals throughout North America. To accommodate a national expansion, Pawel reclassified Parent’s Toolshop® Consulting as a Limited Liability Company in the State of Ohio, with Ambris Publishing as a subsidiary company.


book_coverBy 2000, The Parent’s Toolshop® was in bookstores nationwide. Jody Pawel was traveling the country, training parents and family-service professionals in her highly practical and successful techniques–to use as parents, with parents, or to teach parents. She has certified over 100 Group Facilitators to provide Parent’s Toolshop® programs worldwide. National publications now regularly quote her advice and radio and television shows throughout North America regularly interview her on a variety of parenting topics.

Reviews of Pawel’s book and presentations are consistently positive. Both parents who have read hundreds of books and attended many parenting workshops and professionals who have been certified in dozens of parenting curricula have said Parents Toolshop® is “the best” program they’ve ever attended.

Each Parent’s Toolshop® representative shared the vision of bringing these unique and highly effective educational products and services to the attention of every person who is committed to quality parenting and harmonious relationships–at home, school, work, or in their community.

And so, in 2011, Parents Toolshop® Consulting, Ltd. expanded into Relationship Toolshop® International Training Institute, LLC, and started partnering with relationship-niche and country experts to make this goal a reality — starting with 15 already-certified Parents Toolshop® Group Facilitators.