We now have over 10,000 Certified Positive Discipline Facilitators teaching classes in many areas of the United States and in over 60 countries. Still, we have many requests from parents who cannot find a Positive Discipline Class in their area.
The dilemma—what to do when your child is being excluded by “friends” —or subjected to name-calling and put-downs. If you interfere are you being over protective and just making things worse for your child? If you don’t interfere, are you allowing your child to be subjected to experiences that could be traumatizing for life?
Some of you may know that a “Hug” is one of my favorite Positive Discipline Tools. During this podcast you will understand why as I interview Beth Whitehead after she sent me the following success story.
Many people who experience the benefits of Positive Discipline get excited and want to share it with others. It warmed my heart to read the following letter from a very enthusiastic new Certified Positive Discipline Trainer Candidate. I asked Cynthia for her permission to share it in my blog.
You know you have a teenager when you hear yourself complaining, “She has no purpose. He won‘t help. She only cares about her friends. He is so self-centered. Her room is a mess. I can‘t trust him. This is out of control. I can ‘t stand her hair, clothes, makeup, or music. He wastes his money. She resents me and idolizes rock stars. He is on drugs and treats me like dirt. She is moody and irresponsible.”
A parent asked for help regarding the power struggle to get her children to clean up their rooms. I shared the following excerpt from Positive Discipline A-Z by Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, and H. Stephen Glenn:
Every week my two young boys (4-year-old Greyson and 2-year-old Reid) and I have a routine of going to Target to pick up our weekly essentials. I learned early on not to buy a toy, even from the $1 aisle, because it created a new routine of expecting "something" every visit. Of course, the few trips after breaking this habit were not fun.
"My Teenager Doesn’t Keep His Agreements!" If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that line. Does anyone have a teenager who does keep all his or her agreements? Did you? Now that we’ve established that this is a typical complaint of many parents of teens, what is an effective way to handle this challenge?