How to provide positive discipline at home and in the school

A few weeks before our Open Night dedicated to Positive Discipline by the world-class lecturer Joy Marchese (also renowned trainer and founder of Positive Discipline UK), we would like to talk a bit more about this philosophy. It is increasingly common for schools and families to educate children following the principles of positive discipline.

Positive discipline is an educational methodology made famous by the psychologist Jane Nelsen in her 1980 handbook. This guide provided parents and teachers with the tools to educate with affection yet firmly at the same time.

Its main principle is to turn away from hierarchies and focus instead on fostering a two-way relationship of mutual respect between parents/teachers and children. Positive discipline also places special emphasis on looking at mistakes as an opportunity to educate and on using an encouraging language to prioritize effort over success.

Finally, one of the main pillars of positive discipline, as well as one of the most controversial ones is the lack of punishment. This methodology argues that punishment is effective only in the short term, but that it has long-term negative consequences. For this reason, they opt for alternatives to punishment such as: giving children options, talking in positive, listening to their needs, or distracting them when the situation becomes too tense.

Come and find out more on Thursday 30th January at 7pm.