There are few things more important than the way your child learns right from wrong during the early years of their life.
In fact, research shows that negative forms of discipline (such as yelling, scolding, and physical punishment) only serve to restrict your child’s development.
That’s why it’s not something you’ll find in my teachings.
Rather, we focus on giving your child firm and positive guidance that gently points them in the right direction – and empowers them to keep moving forward.
It’s not about forcefully showing them why they’re wrong – but about understanding their feelings, acknowledging their efforts, and encouraging them to express their needs and wants in a healthy, productive way.
And this in turn strengthens your relationship with your child and gives you the tools to deal with any situation in a way that serves your child, instead of hindering them.
The tools and concepts behind Positive Discipline Parenting and Classroom Management models can be broken up into 6 key areas:
- Mutual respect: Respect is the backbone of every strong relationship – and it needs to be present between you and your child. We work to build respect by treating your child’s needs and feelings with the seriousness and validity they deserve.
- Identifying the belief behind the behavior: Attempting to change your child’s behavior without understanding the WHY is never a permanent solution. We need to recognize the reasons kids do what they do and address those beliefs first and foremost in order to create healthy long-term change.
- Effective communication and problem-solving skills: Communication is crucial for maintaining healthy boundaries, setting firm limits, and helping your child understand that you’re there for them.
- Discipline that is neither permissive nor punitive: Positive discipline separates right from wrong while showing your child the difference – so that they can naturally make the best decision for themselves next time.
- Focusing on solutions instead of punishment – Pure punishment is almost never constructive. Rather, the focus is shifted toward finding healthy and constructive answers that gently allow children to course correct.
- Encouragement instead of praise: It’s not just about what your child succeeds at – but the effort they put in along the way. Noticing and acknowledging this is key to building long-term self-esteem and empowerment.
Positive Discipline can completely transform your relationship with your child and allow you to grow closer together than ever before. That’s why it is one of my core teachings.
If you’d like to know more about how you can empower yourself to deal with challenging situations in a gentle, helpful, and healthy way, then click below for immediate access to my free Positive Discipline resources.