Positive Discipline Podcast

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Activity: Goal Setting with Children

  1. Make a date. You will be more effective if you set up an appointment with your child. Let him or her know that you would enjoy exploring goals and figure out a time that works for both of you. 
  2. As with any date, make it special. Ask your child if he or she would like to have dinner together before or after you discuss goals.
  3.  Bring a pad of paper and pencil for brainstorming. While sitting at a table, facilitate the discussion by asking some questions that invite enthusiastic participation. Some examples:
    • What do you like to do for fun and enjoyment?
    • What do you want your life to look like when you grow up?
    • What do you need to do to accomplish what you want?
    • What kind of jobs would allow you to do what you love?
    • What might you need to do now, even though it doesn’t seem like much fun, so you can have what you want later?
    • How can I support you in attaining your goals (way short of doing it for you)?
  4. If it seems appropriate, share some of your experiences with goal setting or lack thereof.



This tool card provides an example of asking for a hug when a child is having a temper tantrum, but that is certainly not the only time a hug can be an appropriate intervention when you understand the principle of hugs.

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Positive Discipline for Teenagers Part 1

Positive Discipline Podcast #26 (Teenagers Part 1)

Positive Discipline for Teenagers Part 2

Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott discuss the genesis of the book Positive Discipline for Teenagers.

Positive Discipline Podcast #27 (Teenagers Part 2)

Positive Discipline Podcast #28 (How Positive Discipline started)

Dr. Jane Nelsen discusses how she got started with Positive Discipline. What inspired her to write the first Positive Discipline Book? She also briefly explains each of the Positive Discipline Books. Positive Discipline in the Classroom is explained and how to conduct a class meeting. Topics of positive discipline, is spanking a valid form a discipline. Jane explains how to use Positive Discipline A-Z to solve discipline issues. Rewards, do they work? Time-out is explained, how to use it effectively.

Positive Discipline Podcast #31 (How to deal with your kid's bad friends)

How to deal with your kid's bad friends. This interview is from KSL Radio. https://www.positivediscipline.com/articles/choosing-friends

Positive Discipline Podcast #33 (25 Years of Positive Discipline)

Jane discusses another new edition and addition to my product line this year was Positive Discipline (25th year anniversary edition).

Positive Discipline Podcast #34 (Boredom)

An excerpt from Positive Discipline A-Z by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott

"My child complains about being bored and expects me to drop everything to entertain him."

Positive Discipline Podcast #35 (When Friends Fight)

An excerpt from Positive Discipline A-Z by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott

"My child seems to fight a lot with her friends. How can I help her?"

Positive Discipline Podcast #36 (Choosing Friends)

An excerpt from Positive Discipline A-Z by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott

I have one child who complains that she doesn't have any friends. Another child keeps choosing friends I don't like. How do I help my children become friends with children I approve of?"

Positive Discipline Podcast #37 (Positive Parenting Radio Show)

Jane Nelsen, co-author of Positive Discipline: A-Z. Topic: Solutions to everyday parenting problems. Issues: Sibling rivalry; bedtime hassles; school problems; -getting chores done; procrastination; whining; homework battles; and more. For more information goto www.mrdad.com/radio

Positive Discipline Podcast #38 (Getting kids involved)

Jane Nelsen, author of Positive Discipline, interviews Christina Marin about her success story with getting her oldest child to help with nap time.

Positive Discipline Podcast #39 (The Power of a Hug)

Dr. Jane Nelsen Ed.D. interviews Mary Ward about her success when using the power of a hug

Positive Discipline Podcasts #41 (Resolving Bedtime Problems)

In this episode we resolve bedtime problems that a caller is having with her child. For more information on Parent Coaching go to: https://www.positivediscipline.com/positive-discipline-parent-coaching

Positive Discipline Podcast #42 (The Significant Seven)

Dr. Jane Nelsen discusses the Significant Seven developed by H. Stephen Glenn.


Positive Discipline Podcast #43 (Avoiding morning hassles)

Dr. Nelsen answers a question on how to avoid morning hassles. Also what to do when your children spend time in homes where Positive Discipline is not used.

Positive Discipline Podcast #44 (Family Meetings)

Dr. Nelsen talks about her favorite Positive Discipline tool. Holding regular Family Meetings is one of the most valuable things you can do as a family.

Why have Family Meetings?

Positive Discipline Podcast #45 (Parenting in Recovery)

Dr. Jane Nelsen discusses the revised edition of Positive Discipline for Parenting in Recovery : A Guide to Help Recovering Parents

Positive Discipline Podcast #46 (Taming Temper Tantrums)

My guest for the latest Positive Discipline Radio podcast, Focusing on Solutions, was Aisha Pope, and LCSW from San Diego with Families Forward-East where she teaches Positive Discipline Parenting classes. She shared two wonderful success stories, followed by some comments from me.

Positive Discipline Podcast #47 (Positive Time-Out You First )

Create a positive time out plan for yourself. It could be a soak in the tub, getting in the shower (where kids can't follow), going into the bathroom, locking the door, and turning on the stereo, taking a short walk (if your kids are old enough), sitting on the floor in the lotus position and chanting—whatever works for you. Let your kids know your plan and that you will use it when you need to calm down. Be sure they know this is "for" you, not "against" them.

Positive Discipline Podcast #48 (Addiction Proof Your Child)

Dr. Jane Nelsen interviews Stanton Peele author of Addiction Proof Your Child: A Realistic Approach to Preventing Drug, Alcohol, and Other Dependencies.

Positive Discipline Podcast #49 (Workshop Results)

Dr. Jane Nelsen interviews Marianne McGinnis who shares some results of using the techniques she learned while attending a Teaching Parenting workshop.