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Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline


Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach children and young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and others, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.


Positive Discipline is congruent with current research with regards to “Quality of Care” in childcare and early childhood settings. Positive Discipline emphasizes:

  • the use of a non-punitive approach when dealing with children’s behaviour and the need to focus on solutions rather than punishment and blame
  • the need for caregivers to develop strong and meaningful connections with children
  • the  importance of supporting children’s social emotional development and self regulatory skills
  • mutual respect. (Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.)
  • and much more!

Dr. Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for “effective discipline that teaches”:

Effective discipline…

  1. Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance)
  2. Is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time.)
  3. Is effective long – term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world – and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.)
  4. Teaches important social and life skills. (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, early childhood settings, school or larger community)
  5. Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)