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Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline is more than just a parenting method--it's a whole approach to human development for adults and children that focuses on solutions! Based on current brain research, and rooted in Adlerian Psychology, this perspective is developmentally appropriate, experientially engaging and culturally conscious. 

Foundation: children are motivated by a desire to feel belonging and significance and often do better when they feel better. A sense of connection can go a long way in helping children to realize just how capable they are!


Communication: is mutually respectful. Rather than relying on punishment to motivate children to do better, Positive Discipline stresses the need for kindness and firmness at the same time: adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child and themselves.


Discipline: really means to teach. Our children are learning from us all the time. By modeling respect, we help them learn how to be respectful to themselves and others.


Overall Goal: parenting with the long-term in mind. It teaches important social and life skills like how to take responsibility for your actions and solve challenges.


Tools & Strategies: are practical and solution focused. As a parent you not only have to learn how to walk the walk, but how to regulate your emotions so that you can parent and teach your child from a place of empowerment!

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Therapy is an opportunity to process and heal from challenges and/or traumas, and integrate experiences to live a more full and empowered life.

Parent coaching focuses on identifying current parenting challenges and learning practical tools and solutions. 

Equity work involves exploration and accountability on a personal level, while also deconstructing oppressive systems and reconstructing more equitable forms of power sharing.

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