Over all the years I thought I could try to manage and control the behaviors of the individuals I worked with as a training specialist and a school psychologist working with individuals with disabilities. I was wrong! I tried these same techniques on my own son: behavior charts, stickers, rewards, time-outs. According to my training, these techniques should work. Well, they did, but only short term. The techniques taught my son only to work the system, when what I wanted him to do was learn life skills.
My oldest son, rebelled and sought revenge. After I had my second boy, I knew I was in over my head. I felt helpless and lonely as a parent. I started my Positive Discipline Parent Educator training when:
My oldest son (4 years old at the time) said, "I need a class to learn good behaviors,"
I said, "Can I teach you?"
He retorted, "No Mommy, you don't make good choices either."
I knew I needed support! How could I fail as a parent? After completing my training, I told my son I did indeed take a class to make better choices as a parent. He then told me:
"You need to take a class for tricky children, because I am very tricky. You have to work hard for tricky boys, mamma!"
Oh and the journey continues with my tricky boys and now one little girl, all of which I love dearly! The power of connection can not be taken for granted.
Personally, I am a mother, a wife, and a daughter. Professionally, I am a licensed school psychologist, a certified Positive Discipline Classroom Educator and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator. I am truly blessed and humbled every day by the lessons my three children teach me. I am so grateful that I found Positive Discipline when I did. It has been a process, like everything else in life. I first used Positive Discipline as a resource for parents working in the field of school psychology. Then I used it with my own children.
I knew I was going to need Positive Discipline in my life for a very long time. Positive Discipline has made a huge impact on me and my family. Now it is my mission to share Positive Discipline with parents and educators. Through teacher and parenting classes, my goal is to create a supportive environment, while getting to know more about yourself to solve problems with your children. I understand first hand the struggles of this humble job of guiding children and I am passionate about training, consulting and encouraging!
I facilitate trainings and classes for parents, teachers, and administrators on Positive Discipline. I have worked with children and adults with disabilities for over 13 years. I have been a member of The Ohio School Psychologist Association since 2009 and The Positive Discipline Association since 2015.