How Can I Be More Encouraging and Less Critical?

Just what Is Encouragement? Why is it so important to be an encouraging parent?

What can you say to be more encouraging? How can you say it?

Encouragement means to give ‘heart.’ This class offers ways to be more encouraging by offering phrases that communicate care and not criticism. You can strengthen your parent-child relationship with words that sound good to the ears and the heart.

Telling your child, “I love you, but you need to stop doing this or that” gives the message that whatever comes before the ‘but’ is not true. Saying “I love you, AND you need to start doing this” gives the message that you love your child and that you will support and guide your child toward better behavior. It is important to be sure the message of love gets through. Otherwise, if the child does not feel loved they may not believe that you are offering support and may not ‘do’ what the parent is guiding them to ‘do.’

Encouragement does not mean being permissive. It means being empowering which is one of the most important ways for parents to relate to their child and later their teen. Encouraged children are more likely to have better behavior, positive friendships, and positive relationships with their family members.

Positive Discipline provides parents with ways to be encouraging, including offering tools and phrases that will help.

Positive Discipline offers a WIN-WIN approach that makes for more effective parenting and more cooperative children. You will feel calmer and more confident during those difficult moments. This class will help you make your family life better.

We will meet on Zoom. This is a convenient way to meet. There is no commute, and you may not need a baby-sitter.

This class will provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment where you can ask questions and get answers in real-time as we go through the class content. This is a LIVE program; it is not recorded. There are lots of wonderful articles available online; however, it is just not the same as participating in a LIVE discussion.

The class will be facilitated by Jennifer Watanabe, a long-time parent educator and parent coach. She teaches/coaches in a respectful, non-judgmental, and encouraging way. 

Recommended resource for the class: Positive Discipline Workbook – either hard copy or e-version

The class registration fee is $20.

Select a date and time:


  • 4 p.m. Pacific time zone (This is 7 p.m. Eastern.) or
  • 7 p.m. Pacific time zone (This is 10 p.m. Eastern.)


  • 4 p.m. Pacific time zone (This is 7 p.m. Eastern.) or
  • 7 p.m. Pacific time zone (This is 10 p.m. Eastern.)


Click here for other Positive Discipline classes.

Coaching services are also available on Zoom, on the phone, or in-person.

If you would like to learn more about these classes or coaching, please contact me: or 206-399-4355 okay to text.

Teaching and coaching are not therapy. Therapy TREATS emotional wounds and can be a much-needed family resource. Teaching presents new information. Coaching acknowledges the past, and then CREATES a plan with the parent for the future.

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