Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Come and learn about the basic principles of Positive Discipline and effective tools for encouraging cooperation and mutual respect with children. The program is free and open to the public.
Positive Discipline is a program developed from the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and 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, it teaches important social and life skills that are encouraging for both children and adults. Positive Discipline teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time.
The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline include:
- Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
- Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.
- Effective communication and problem solving skills.
- Discipline that teaches and is neither permissive nor punitive.
- Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.
- Encouragement (instead of praise). Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment.
Chip DeLorenzo is the Head of School at the Damariscotta Montessori School in Nobleboro, Maine. He is a certified Montessori teacher (Early Childhood, Elementary I&II), and has been working in Montessori classrooms since 1995. He has been using Positive Discipline in his classrooms since he was a new teacher, and now works with Montessori schools and parents in bringing the message of Positive Discipline to the Montessori community. You can read two of Mr. DeLorenzo's recent blog posts here.