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Positive Discipline

How to Conduct a Family Meeting

How to Conduct a Family Meeting

Holding weekly family meetings is a great practice to foster responsibility and teach problem-solving skills. Choose a regular time where the whole family can get together like Sunday dinner. Jot down agenda items during the week of issues that need to be discussed. Agenda items can include compliments for achievements or good behavior,deciding on tasks and responsibilities for each family member and planning fun activities: Family Meetings, by Dr Jane Nelson It is difficult for […]

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Beyond the Naughty Step

This article in the Economist explains how positive parenting techniques will teach children to solve their own problems whereas “negative” discipline like time outs and naughty corners rob the child of the opportunity to make choices and learn from mistakes: IN THE old days parents followed a simple rule: spare the rod and spoil the child. These days less violent forms of discipline are favoured. Supernanny, a television toddler-tamer, recommends the “naughty step”, to which […]

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Peace and Punishment: Discipline without Violence

Peace and Punishment: Discipline without Violence

There are many instances in Dr. Montessori’s work where she explains why she “eventually…gave up either punishing or rewarding the children”.(1) She explains that this method is “always a form of repression”(2), and is based upon our – in her opinion tragically erroneous – belief that children “come into the world bad and full of naughtiness.”(3) She found, after careful observation, that both punishment and reward were equally ineffective tools for supporting the type of […]

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