Connection Centered Discipline is a caregiving / parenting approach built on the core concepts of Positive Discipline, infused with evidence-based strategies from child development, neuroscience, positive psychology, and other related fields, and woven together with child-focused positive communication and conflict resolution skills

The course was originally built from the ground up for nannies, helping them meet the unique aspects of working in the in-home field. It continues to address those needs and has over the years, expanded to include parents, grandparents, family care providers and others who love and care for children in its solutions-based approach.

Do you want to…

let go of the hurtful parenting habits your parents unwittingly passed onto you and learn a new approach that supports the emotional well-being and healthy social-emotional development of your child?

get past the anger and frustration you sometimes feel that can keep you from reacting to and talking with your child in the way you want?

become proactive and avoid many of the challenging behaviors that invade your days and sidetrack your routine now?   

learn the language of positive, respectful parenting and caregiving?

become more skilled at identifying and working with the “why” behind challenging behaviors in order to make long-term and lasting changes in kids’ attitudes and actions?

learn successful strategies for defusing sibling rivalry and fostering a positive, close sibling relationship?

master the art of encouragement, focusing on effort and improvement, and let go of the habit of empty praise?

become more intentional and purposeful in your words, actions and reactions?

If you answered yes, then this is the course that can help you become the nanny or parent you want to be. Here’s what a few former students shared when asked on a discussion board about the class.

So what makes this program so effective in helping parents and caregivers make real changes in their discipline approach?  What sets it apart from the multitude of other parenting and caregiver courses out there?

It works with all ages and all types of kids.  Really.  Positive Discipline is an internationally recognized approach that has hundreds of thousands of fans and is used in homes, churches, and schools around the world with kids from toddlers to teens. There are over 35 published Positive Discipline books dedicated to every age group, family situation and unique challenge including children with special needs.  Whatever your challenge is, Positive Discipline offers a solution that works. 

It’s a balanced approach. Because it focuses on connection, cooperation, respect, kindness, and encouragement without being permissive or indulgent, it’s the perfect balance between a Kumbaya and “It’s my way or the highway!” approach.

Adults are in charge.  The recent shift towards positive and respectful parenting has given parents and caregivers a new way of thinking about discipline and new strategies for handling challenging behaviors.  But it’s also left a lot of adults confused about their role as they move away from the old “Because I said so!” role. This program gives you real world guidance on how to balance providing kids with the independent environment they need to develop essential skills while setting age-appropriate, consistent expectations and limits.

It meets you where you are.  If you’re new to Positive Discipline, this training will teach you an effective step-by-step approach that will equip you to handle whatever discipline issues come up.  If you’re currently using Positive Discipline, this training will deepen your understanding and practice of the approach and give you fresh ideas on how to handle challenging behaviors and ages and stages transitions.

It helps you put ideas into action.  It’s easy to read a book or watch a video and nod your head in agreement with the new ideas presented.  It’s a lot harder to put those ideas into practice.  And even harder for those ideas to become your automatic go to response. This training supports you in two big ways.  First, the lessons tackle the mindset and habits that’ve kept you stuck in the same ineffective patterns.  Second, the individual coaching and group discussions help you put the ideas, tools, and strategies you’re learning into practice in your everyday life. When you have questions, when you’re confused about what to do next, when you’re trying to connect the dots, I’m here to help.

The course includes six lessons and a quick access list of all the tools and strategies used, each one a small, bite-sized video focused on that tool or strategy. This user-friendly format makes it easy to work through the material and allows you to quickly go back and review select information whenever you need it.  Getting ready to make your first routine chart with your toddler?  Go back to the video on routine charts.  Do you need to have a conversation with your teen about speaking to you in a respectful tone?  Go back to the video on acknowledgement and setting boundaries. 

The lessons include:

Core Concepts of Connection Centered Discipline
We’ll kick off the series by learning the big ideas behind Connection Centered Parenting and Caregiving.  You’ll see how the approach can transform the way you and your children engage with each other and help you create a peaceful, relaxed, connected home environment.

Helping Your Child Navigate Their Big Emotions
Managing big emotions is a struggle for every child, from toddler to teen.  (OK, if we’re being honest managing OUR big emotions can be a struggle at times too.)  Temper tantrums, meltdowns, and outbursts happen when those emotions explode into the outside world.  In this lesson, you’ll learn how to calm your child in the moment (yes it CAN be done!), how to teach them to effectively manage their emotions without being paralyzed or overwhelmed by them, and to take positive actions in spite of negative feelings.

Setting Limits and Boundaries Your Kids Will Understand and Respect
It’s our job to set appropriate boundaries and limits with our kids.  But let’s be honest, that’s a lot harder to do in our crazy busy everyday life than it sounds.  In this lesson, you’ll learn how to effectively communication respectful, clear limits, how to enforce those limits without the threat of punishment, and what to do when you’re challenged by your child.    

Alternatives to Punishments That Really Work
When we think about letting go of punishment as the motivator for “good” behavior, the natural question is “What do we do instead?”  In this lesson, you’ll learn respectful, connection-based tools to help you and your child reframe “bad behavior”, learn from mistakes, and develop alternative actions for the next time. (Those good choices everyone talks about.) You’ll learn how to move your child’s motivation away from fear of punishment and towards connection and relationship. I promise, it really does work!

Getting Kids to Cooperate Without Bribes, Threats, Or Punishments
Imagine your toddler cheerfully helping you clean up the playroom before dinner.  Or your 2nd grader putting down the i-pad to start on homework without a full blown meltdown.  Or your tween taking out the trash without being asked 20 times.  Yes, these can be part of your real life and not just a dream. In this lesson, you’ll learn the magic behind teaming up with your kids to create a cooperative relationship and home environment.  

Fostering Your Kids Problem Solving Skills
We all ask, cajole, and sometimes even beg our kids to make good choices.  But are we teaching them how to?  Developing good problem solving skills, the foundation of good choices, doesn’t just happen.  It’s a process. One where kids learn how to evaluate s situation, generate workable options, consider the impact on themselves and others and then, make that good choice.  In this lesson, you’ll learn how to teach and model this process and give your child opportunities to practice and hone their blossoming skills.

Connection Centered Discipline Nanny Certification
If you’re a nanny and would like access to two additional lessons and bonus resources geared towards putting the approach into action on your job and creating a collaborative, mutually supportive relationship with your employers, make sure you add on the nanny certification option below. You’ll learn proven nanny / family team building strategies and receive a specialized nanny certificate of completion.  Ask your employer to pay for attending the training using this helpful page.

You can begin the course whenever it’s convenient for you. It includes lifetime, on demand access to all videos, audios, written resources, and online discussion group. You can move through the program at whatever pace is comfortable and convenient for you. No matter what your schedule is, this course fits into it.

Discussion Group
You’ll have access to a private facebook discussion group. Here you can connect with me along with former and current students to ask questions, share resources, and get the support you need to put everything you’re learning into action in your daily life.  

Certificate of Completion
Once you’ve finished the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. If you registered for the nanny certificate, you’ll receive a specialized nanny certificate of completion.

The Connection Centered Discipline course is $349 and includes:

six on demand video lessons with accompanying notes from each lesson

quick access list of all the tools and strategies used, each one a small, bite-sized video focused on that tool or strategy

exclusive access to our Connection Centered Discipline discussion group where you can be part of our community and get the individual coaching and support you need to be successful

lifetime access to all videos, handouts, and exclusive resources and our learning community.

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