Roots & Wings Consulting is your local resource for Positive Discipline! We offer a range of services to help support, empower, and educate parents, teachers, childcare providers, therapists, and others on mutually respectful and effective discipline strategies that build character and help develop valuable social and life skills. Our ultimate goal is that well trained and supported caregivers and parents will help children develop the skills they need to succeed and to gain the social-emotional and academic competence that will allow them to be happy and contributing members of their communities.

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What is Positive Discipline?

Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the bestselling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin, Kate Ortolano, Mary Hughes, Mike Brock, Lisa Larson and others, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).

Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.

Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for “effective discipline that teaches”:
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.)


What People are Saying About Our Positive Discipline Workshops!

“These workshops are critical to effective and loving parenting!” (Parent)
“My parenting has already improved with the many useful hands on activities. I am excited about raising my children now!” (Parent)
“I feel more confident in my choices. I don’t get angry as often.” (Parent)
“This program is very valuable. Implementing items learned in class were very useful.” (Parent)
“Less power struggles. More sanity!” (Parent)
“Originally, the only reason I went to this class was because my wife made me go. After the first class I was thanking her. Great class!” (Parent)
“I think the course was well run, and because you guys are able to adjust to our needs, it makes the class useful and enjoyable!” (Parent)
“I enjoyed the role plays that enabled me to get in touch with my feelings/thoughts, and those of my child.” (Parent)
“I would absolutely recommend this class to another parent! Excellent facilitators!” (Parent)
“I learned that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn.” (Parent)
“This class was definitely a great way to feel normal and learn that many people share the same struggles.” (Parent)
“You all made it easy to be honest. You helped create a supportive environment.” (Teacher)
“I will be more understanding towards students and their unfulfilled needs.” (Teacher)
“It was fun and engaging and the time went fast!” (Teacher)
“I really appreciated your passion for education, your commitment to team building, and I had a really fun time in the workshop you developed. Thanks!” (Teacher)
“Realizing students’ need for belonging is so important.” (Teacher)
“This was useful for learning to be a more respectful teacher.” (Teacher)
“Great workshop! I love the interactive nature.” (Teacher)
“Really enjoyed this. I want more time!” (Therapist)
“Loved the activities, the role plays, and processing feelings and thoughts and clinical concerns. And the humor!” (Therapist)
“Excellent facilitators” (Therapist)
“Keep doing what you do. It’s great and so relevant!” (Therapist)
“I can take this into my private practice or anyplace I want to use in the community” (Therapist)
“Very practical and excellent presentation. Will use and excited about it. Rarely do I think a full day is worthy but this training was great – I would like more time!” (Therapist)
“Active learning with interaction, examples, role-plays, discussion, humor.” (Therapist)
“Practical knowledge. Simple ideas that make a big impact.” (Therapist)
“Very user friendly concepts and activities. It was fun too!” (Therapist)