Five Criteria for Effective Discipline

5 Criteria for Effective Discipline

1. Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance)

2. Is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time.)

3. Is effective long-term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world – and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.)

4. Teaches important social and life skills. (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, school or larger community.)

5. Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)

(By Dr. Jane Nelsen, Creator of the Positive Discipline Program)

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