It has been just over 4 years since I started blogging here at MomentsADay.com. I have written about many different subjects during this time, but all of my articles and resources revolve around supporting parents with ideas and practical advice for parents and children to grow together and try to live their best lives.
To list just a few of the topics I have touched on: connecting with kids instead of correcting, developing positive characteristics, building resilience, establishing mutual respect through family rules, the importance of spending special time together, establishing daily routines, encouraging self-regulation, fostering healthy sibling bonding, and really, truly loving your kids (in a way that they can feel it). Not to mention recommending a ton of awesome resources for building a positive home environment, too.
Do you know what the missing link was between all these topics?
Positive Discipline is based on the theories of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, and written about extensively by Jane Nelsen (check out the official website here). It is a philosophy as well as a set of parenting tools that help children become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Using the Positive Discipline tools allows parents to teach their children important social and life skills in a manner that is both respectful and encouraging for all members of the family. The main book is Positive Discipline: The Classic Guide to Helping Children Develop Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Cooperation, and Problem-Solving Skills (affiliate link) but there are many books and workshops available to suit all different families.
You’ll be hearing a lot more about Positive Discipline here on the blog in the future and I hope you find it as useful and inspiring as I do. I’ll be offering local parent workshops very soon, and would love you to sign up if you want to be notified of the upcoming events around Queensland.
If you are looking for a more cohesive set of parenting tools to help you create a home environment embued with connection, respect, and self-improvement… I highly recommend checking out the Positive Discipline resources as well as finding a parenting group or related workshops in your community.
Above is a photo with my trainer, Julie Iraninejad from Parenting for a Better World. If you ever have a chance to take a training with her, do it! She’s insightful, wise, funny and an absolute joy to be around.
Below are a few more snapshots from the amazing weekend I spent learning about Positive Discipline in detail.
Role plays and skits.
Hands-on activities and visuals.
Friendship and mutual support.
Lasting memories and many “aha” moments.
What a fabulous learning experience it was. I can’t wait to start sharing more Positive Discipline inspired materials with you soon.