One of the most common problems parents face today is how to handle the various issues surrounding discipline and being in charge. We are regularly told that we have to be the ones in control of our kids and they will appreciate that in the long run, but this is often suggested as meaning we employ methods that are coercive or harsh to keep our kids “in line”. And when they fail to stay in line, parents get frustrated and resort to more and more discipline in hopes of “fixing” the problems.
But what if the problem is the very basis by which we approach discipline? What if the problem isn’t our kids, but the way in which we are interacting with them?
In this 4-week email course with office hours, we will focus on the foundations of discipline across ages and stages (for really, the principles remain the same, but the execution will differ) with specific focus on:
- Expectations for behaviours and why this matters so much
- Learning about teaching appropriate boundaries (and why certain ones aren’t so appropriate)
- Enforcing boundaries with love
- Why punishment doesn’t work and what to do instead
- The importance of connection
- Why our language matters
- And more
Through weekly “lessons” and “homework”, you will work at your own pace through the information and for that extra bit of help, you get one 30-minute one-on-one session with me on Zoom or via email to help you personalize the content. A link to sign up for these sessions are provided in the emails and available times are scheduled to accommodate the various time zones, though if you don’t see a time that works for you I’m happy to try and accommodate your schedule as best as I can.
Note: At no point in this course will you see me promote any punishment, time-outs, etc. This is a GENTLE discipline course that focuses on how to engage positively with our children and learn how to be in charge while being respectful and loving with our kids. This can seem harder, but it truly is a better option in the long-run.