Positive Discipline is a way of being for you to build connection with your children with both kindness and firmness. Positive Discipline is one of the few parenting programs that deal with the “belief” behind the behavior- the motivating force behind how your children are showing up and acting out. Most parenting programs deal only with behaviors. Your children aren’t going to say, “I want you to get off the phone because you aren’t spending enough time with me and I feel disconnected.” They are going to throw a temper tantrum and the tantrum is unlikely to change, unless the behavior is dealt with in ways that help your child shift his or her beliefs. A child needs to believe that they belong and are significant. You may recognize these needs when you are deeply connected with your child. The meat and potatoes of Positive Discipline are family meetings (significance) and special time (belonging) to empower and connect with your children so they may become capable, responsible and caring members of society! While on this path of gaining skills we also have the courage to be imperfect and that as parents we are going to make a lot of mistakes along the way!
Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin, Kate Ortolano, Mary Hughes, Mike Brock, Lisa Larson and others, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Dr. Jane Nelsen is a worldwide keynote speaker and has appeared on Oprah. The philosophy approaches discipline with the belief that children seek belonging and significance. Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. The Positive Discipline Model encourages parents to learn through experiential activities and role playing.