What is Positive Discipline?
Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. 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 (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).

Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., is the classic guide to helping children develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, and problem-solving skills.

Is this a new parenting / teaching method?
No, not at all. In fact, the Positive Discipline Parenting and Classroom Management Model is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs.  Dr. Adler first introduced the idea of parenting education to United States audiences in the 1920s. He advocated treating children respectfully, but also argued that spoiling and pampering children was not encouraging to them and resulted in social and behavioral problems. The classroom techniques, which were initially introduced in Vienna in the early 1920s, were brought to the United States by Dr. Dreikurs in the late 1930s. Dreikurs and Adler refer to the kind and firm approach to teaching and parenting as “democratic.” For more on the history of Positive Discipline, you can visit the Positive Discipline Association website.

Does Positive Discipline work on all ages?  Including my teenager?
Positive Discipline is designed to work for children and teens of all ages in both family and school settings.  Many of the skills are universal to any age, however Positive Discipline also gives specific tools for the challenges we face during our children’s ever-changing stages of life.

Will these classes give me tools to help with daily routines?  Meals? Bedtime? Etc?
Yes, the course will provide tools and insights for getting through the more challenging times of the day, including morning and bedtime routines, meal times, daily chores, screen time, sibling rivalry and more!

Is Positive Discipline just for parents?
Positive Discipline is for everyone!  Parents, teachers/schools, child care providers, psychologists, social workers, nanny’s and more can be a part of this growing movement to help empower our youth to be responsible, respectful, and resourceful.

Will it work in a single parent household?
Single parents are, above all else, parents. Single parents have the unique opportunity to teach their children that who they are and what they can accomplish does not depend on what they have. Learning effective parenting skills and building healthy relationships are ways in which a single parent will discover how to raise a child who is responsible, respectful and resourceful.

When I enroll in a 6 week Parenting Class, what do the costs cover?
Fees paid cover everything you need for the full 6 week course, including all necessary materials.

Are there scholarship opportunities available?
Yes, scholarships are available based on financial need. Please email apply@positivedisciplinect.org for more information.

Can a friend from outside the area join me in taking a class?
Yes, absolutely! Friends, family, parents, and care givers are all welcome.

What if can only make 5 of the 6 weeks of the classes?  
Although much of the learning is facilitated through exercises and role playing during our classes, the materials you will be provided with will allow you a chance to follow along with the basic principals at home if you’re unable to attend a class.

I had to miss several classes. Can I attend these sessions with another class? Or do you offer makeup sessions?
It is important for the safety and community feeling that is built that the classes do not have people from other classes join. There is learning and trust that builds week to week, and that needs to be honored. Because of the scaffolded learning and community building, we do not hold “makeup” classes. All of the material covered is in the Parent Workbook, and while not the same as experiential learning, can be done at home.

Can I bring my child to class?
No children in classes, please. We all love children, and the hands-on Positive Discipline classes are a great opportunity for you to role play different ways to build relationships with the children in your lives.  We have learned that having a baby or child in a class may be distracting for you or other participants.  We want all participants to get the most out of our classes.  Our policy is no children in our classes.