Raising Responsible Happy Kids

In a world where we are so busy trying to get from one activity to another and be super parents, we often question why children seem to be less respectful and resourceful than generations past.  Positive Discipline may be the answer you have been searching for.  

Dr. Jane Nelsen developed the Positive Discipline program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs.  Positive Discipline is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities by focusing the teaching of important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. 

Recent research proves that we are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a strong sense of connection are less likely to misbehave. 

Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for effective discipline: 


  1. Is Kind and Firm at the same time. (Respectful and encouraging) 
  2. Helps children feel a sense of Belonging and Significance. (Connection) 
  3. Is Effective Long-Term. (Punishment works short term, but has negative long-term results.) 
  4. Teaches valuable Social and Life Skills for good character. (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation) 
  5. Invites children to discover how Capable they are and to use their personal power in constructive ways. 

All of the staff and administrators at The Children’s Tree Montessori School are trained to use Positive Discipline with our students and parents .  We offer a number of FREE parent workshops each year which are open to the public. Please join us for a three part Positive Discipline series from 5:30-7:30 on March 26th, April 23rd, and May 21st at The Children’s Tree Montessori School where we will dive deeper into Positive Discipline and give you the skills to bring this amazing method back to your home. Register today at https://childrenstree.org/parent-education-registration/