What is Positive Discipline?
Positive Discipline is a programme designed to teach children and young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, et all, it teaches important social and life skills in a way that is respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).
FIVE CRITERIA FOR EFFECTIVE DISCIPLINE (Dr Jane Nelsen)
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, school or larger community.)
5) Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)