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Seven Powers for Conscious Adults: The Foundation of Safety

The biggest threat to a child’s sense of safety is an out-of-control adult. The key to safety is a conscious, mindful adult.

Becoming conscious of hurtful patterns and the willingness to change those patterns is the greatest gift we can give children. Becoming conscious allows us to access our own wisdom and remain calm in the face of antagonism and disorder. It is the foundation of choice and change.

The “conscious” part of Conscious Discipline is based on consciousness and mindfulness research, and consists of seven powers. The Seven Powers for Conscious Adults empower us to self-regulate.

Self-regulation – managing our own thoughts, feelings and actions – is the cornerstone of a successful life.

Without conscious awareness, our ability to plan for the future, change old conditioned behavior patterns and engage in meaningful connections with others is impaired (Siegel, 1999).

The seven powers provide a foundation that facilitates our access to the integrated executive brain state where all higher-order thinking occurs. From this state, we can override impulsive and reactive tendencies. Any classroom management or discipline system that fails to address the conscious awareness and emotional intelligence of the adult is ultimately doomed. The Seven Powers for Conscious Adults create long-term, lasting success by guiding us to become conscious, present, attuned and responsive to the needs of ourselves and children.

Power of Perception

No one can make you angry without your permission.

Goal: Take responsibility for our own upset and, in turn, teach children to be responsible for their own behavior.

Power of Unity

We are all in this together.

Goal: To perceive compassionately, and offer compassion to others and to ourselves.

Power of Attention

What we focus on, we get more of. When we are upset, we are always focused on what we don’t want.

Goal: To create images of expected behavior in a child’s brain.

Power of Free Will

The only person you can make change is yourself.

Goal: Learning to connect and guide instead of force and coerce.

Power of Acceptance

The moment is as it is.

Goal: To learn to respond to what life offers instead of attempting to make the world go our way.

Power of Love

See the best in others.

Goal: Seeing the best in others keeps us in the higher centers of our brain so we can consciously respond instead of unconsciously react to life events.

Power of Intention

Mistakes are opportunities to learn.

Goal: To teach a new skill rather than punishing others for lacking skills we think they should possess by now.

 
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