Positive Discipline is a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. It teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive.
Who can benefit from Positive Discipline? The answer is everyone! PD is a parenting method that is applicable at any age, from birth through the teenage years. In fact, parents who have completed Positive Discipline training have shared that it has improved their relationships in all areas of their life. Positive Discipline focuses on respect, communication, and solutions, which help build connection and mutually respectful relationships.
How is Positive Discipline different from other parenting methods? Most discipline models utilize a punishment and rewards approach. However, Positive Discipline eliminates all punishment and rewards in favor of encouragement as well as addressing the child's basic need to feel significant as well as belong. Additionally, Positive Discipline helps us understand the feelings and beliefs behind our child's behavior.
How is Positive Discipline taught? PD is taught through experiential exercises that assist you with learning practical and applicable techniques for teaching our children to develop an internal locus of control -- the desire to do the right thing, even if no one is watching. While the word "experiential" may sound scary, I assure you that as the facilitator, I will work towards creating a fun and safe environment for all participants to learn and grow as parents.
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