What is it?

Positive Discipline is based on the works of Alfred Adler and Rudolph Dreikurs, ealrly 20th century Austrian doctors and psychiatrists. It was developed in the 70s by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott. In this approach kindness and firmness are present at the same time and allow to set boundaries while respecting the children's needs and maintaining dignity for everyone. Neither permissive nor punitive, Positive Discipline allows children and teenagers to develop social skills that are necessary to their fufillment, their sense of belonging, and their constructive contribution to their community. In looking at the belief behind the children's behavior, adults will be able to modify children's beliefs and encourage appropriate behaviors. 

Parenting Classes

Through this seven week class, you  will discover tools and skills allowing you to implement a kind and efficient family communication and to create an environment where cooperation, problem solving, communication skills, sense of responsibility, mutual respect, and trust are key.

Throughout the seven sessions you will help your kids develop : 

- Self discipline and responsibility                            - Autonomy                                                     

- Cooperation and mutual respect                           - Problem solving skills  

- Self estime and self confidence                              - Communication skills 


You will find new tools to deal with :  

- Fighting and sibling rivalry  

- Sharing

- Self motivation

- Homework 

- Responsibilities  

- Participation - Chores

You will explore in depth: 

- How disciplining children can be done with respect, firmness, and love.  

- How to teach your children, not boss them. 

- The reasons and beliefs behind the child's behavior. 

- The differences between consequences, punishment, and solutions.

Positive Discipline in the Classroom

This workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, supervisors, and educators working in schools or with groups of children. During this two day training you will learn Positive Discipline tools  and how to implement them in a classroom or group. You will learn how to encourage, be kind and firm at the same time, identify mistaken goals, and respond in an efficient and respectful way to misbehavior. You will also learn how to develop social and emotional skills in students, and how to nurture a safe and efficient learning environment. Your new and improved skills will help children and students aquire self discipline, autonomy, cooperation, collaboration, respect of self and others, responsability, and how to be solution focused. After successful completion of this workshop, you will be certified as Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator and will be able to implement Positive Discipline in your own class and/or in other  teachers' classes, as well as introduce Positive Discipline to schools through introductory sessions.  

Teaching Parenting

This workshop is deisgned for parents, teachers, nurses, educators, coaches, and any person looking to help parents find a respectful and effective educational approach. This two day interactive training will provide a great understanding of Adlerian principles and Positive Discipline tools, as well as training skills. Upon completion of this workshop participants will be certified Positive Discipline Parent  Educators. 

Five Criteria for an Effecticve Discipline

  1. It helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance)
  2. It is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time)  
  3. It is effective long-term.   
  4. It teaches important social and life skills. 
  5. It invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)

Jane Nelsen

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Positive development

46 Country Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543, US

(914) 413-4025