Introduction to Positive Discipline
Today’s parents have found that:
- Times have changed. You may not want to ask your parents for parenting advice.
- Gathering reliable parenting information is complicated. You don’t know whom to trust.
- Positive parenting is new. You want to learn more about how to parent in a loving way.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the research-based positive parenting approach.
Research shows that in the long run this approach will help the child to have better relationships with friends, do better academically, be less likely to be obese, more likely to engage in safe behavior as a teen, and less likely to engage in binge drinking.
One way to explain this parenting approach is through the work of Jane Nelson who wrote Positive Discipline. In positive parenting, discipline means to teach.
Positive Discipline provides a roadmap for using positive parenting tools which are encouraging and effective long term. It is very well-regarded.
The Positive Discipline approach is about being kind and supportive while teaching and guiding the child to do better ‘next time.’
Using a respectful approach with children will yield a better parent-child relationship and better behavior in the near term.
“I think I love you more.” This is what a young boy told his mother after a class.
These classes will present tools and phrases that you can use to help you solve parenting problems.
The classes will meet on Zoom. It is convenient. There is no commute, and you may not need a baby-sitter.
This is a LIVE program; it is not recorded. You can ask questions and get answers in real-time as we go through the class content.
These classes will provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment.
These classes 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.
After the class, some parents find that they need extra support as they learn to implement these positive parenting tools. Please know that parent coaching is available as one way to get this extra support.
- Retired from Bellevue College, WA state after 24 years of teaching parenting classes
- Certified Parent Coach from Seattle Pacific University’s Parent Coaching Institute since 2007
- Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator since 2011
Teaching, coaching, and consulting are not therapy. Therapy TREATS emotional wounds and can be a much-needed family resource. Teaching presents new information. Consulting and coaching acknowledge the past. Parents can CREATE a plan for moving forward.