Positive Discipline is different from conventional discipline. It has little to do with punishment and everything to do with instructing, educating, preparing, training, skill-building and focusing on solutions. The principles of Positive Discipline will help you and your students feel encouraged and empowered through non-punitive methods which develop valuable social and life skills based on:
- Mutual dignity and respect
- Making sure the message of love gets through
- Providing a foundation of kindness and firmness at the same time
- Seeing mistakes as wonderful opportunities to learn
- Getting into the child’s world- understanding that a misbehaving child is a discouraged child, and the importance of dealing with the belief behind the behavior
- Helping children explore the consequences of their choices and learn to make amends
- Class meetings that build community and empower students to solve individual and group problems
Five Criteria for Discipline that Teaches:
- Does it help children feel a sense of connection?
- Is respectful and encouraging (kind and firm at the same time)?
- Is it effective in the long-term?
- Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character?
- Does it invite children to discover how capable they are (encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy)?
For more information on Positive Discipline, please visit:
The official Positive Discipline website by founder, Jane Nelsen, Ed. D.
The Positive Discipline Association website