Connection Centered Discipline is a hybrid 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 built from the ground up for nannies, helping them meet the unique aspects of working in the in-home field. It continues to address these needs and has over the years, expanded to include parents 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 of your child?

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

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

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 Kumbaya and “It’s my way or the highway!” parenting.

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 giving kids the space 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.  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 eight lessons and inside each lesson, small, bite-sized topics focused on one tool or idea.  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 bite-sized 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 bite-sized videos 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

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.  These can be real scenarios in your home.  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.  Over time, 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  

Discovering Your Best Parenting or Caregiving Self
Raising (or helping to raise) kids will push every emotional button you have.  It can be defeating or it can be an opportunity to gently explore and work through the feelings underneath the triggers.  In this lesson, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how your life experiences shaped your current approach and I’ll share some of my favorite tools for becoming more self-aware and intentional around your relationship and interactions with your kids. You’ll also be remined that “best self” means doing the best you can in that moment.  Sometimes that awesome, and other times that’s barely getting out of bed.  We’re letting go of chasing perfection here.

Action Guides to Common Challenges
Connection Centered Discipline is full of tools and ideas.  In this lesson, you’ll be able to quickly and easily go to whatever behavior challenge you’re facing and see what tools are most able to help and be reminded of the ideas that can quickly take you to the best mind space.  Sometimes we just need a quick reminder of what we already know (or are learning) to get us moving in the right direction. 

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 PDF.

Access
The winter 2022 course will begin on Monday, February 14th and end on Sunday, July 31st, 2022.  During the 6 months of the course, you’ll have 24/7 on demand access to all the video, audio, and written resources along with priority access to coaching through the Volley app and facebook discussion group.  (Priority access means I reply to you and your coursemates in the current cohort before former students, usually within 24 hours within Volley.)  After the course ends, you’ll continue to have lifetime access to all the video, audio, and written resources and standard access to coaching.  No matter what your schedule or what pace you’re comfortable working at, this training will fit your needs.

Lessons
This class features eight on demand lessons which are accessible 24/7 beginning February 14th, 2022. Each lesson includes a video and detailed handout.  You can watch or listen whenever it’s convenient for you.

All video recordings will be available through Vimeo, a premium service that supports all devices. 

Coaching
Throughout the 6 months of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with me and your classmates through Volley, a video communication app. You’ll be able to review and discuss lesson material, fine tune the new skills you’re learning, and see how the course’s ideas, tools, and strategies work in real world situations. 

Volley is a new addition to the course and I’m excited about the way it will increase community inclusion and engagement and transform the type of coaching and support I’m able to provide.  Instead of requiring you to be available on a set date at a set time to connect with me and your classmates through a group call, Volley will allow you to send a video message to the group whenever it works for you and allow those that want to respond, to respond whenever it works for them.  While having breakfast, during a break, after work, after the kids are in bed, whenever and without interruptions.  For those that don’t want to respond, they can just skip it.  Being able to hear your questions and verbally respond to them within my always changing schedule will allow me to reply faster, in more detail, and follow up effectively.  In short, Volley will allow me to be a more responsive coach and create a stronger learning community.

Participating in coaching is not mandatory to receive your certificate of completion however it is a valuable resource. 

Facebook Discussion Group
You’ll also have access to a private discussion group. Here you can connect with former and current students to ask questions, share resources, and get support as you put to work the many things you’re learning. 

Certificate of Completion
Once you’ve finished the course, you’ll be able to print a customized certificate of completion from your dashboard.  If you registered for the two additional classes, you’ll receive a specialized nanny certificate of completion.

The Connection Centered Discipline course is $295 and includes:

eight on demand video lessons with accompanying handout

exclusive access to our Connection Centered Discipline learning space on the Volley app where you can be part of our community and get the individual coaching and support you need to be successful.

exclusive discussion group that includes former and current students.

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

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