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The Playing Field Honors Dr. Becky Bailey

(FEBRUARY 2022) THE PLAYING FIELD HONORS DR. BAILEY AND CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE’S CONTRIBUTION TO ITS MISSION, VISION AND DAILY LIFE AT ITS CENTERS. The Playing Field, located in Madison, WI,...

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Batesville Preschool Celebrates ”Be a Better Me” Day

(NOVEMBER 2021)  BATESVILLE PRESCHOOL CELEBRATES “BE A BETTER ME” DAY WITH CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE AND A VISIT FROM THE FAIRY GODMOTHER. In efforts to bring a bit of extra lightness...

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Help Kids Calm with a Portable Safe Place for Distance Learning

All learning occurs in the higher centers of the brain. Emotional upset —which is often acted out through behaviors like crying, hiding, yelling, whining, stomping and hitting — is...

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Four Quick Ways to Improve Distance Learning Today

Four Quick Ways to Improve Distance Learning Today

Distance Learning (DL) poses unique challenges for students, teachers and parents alike. Staying focused, sitting still, listening attentively and maintaining enthusiasm are common concerns for all age groups. Adults...

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Reconnecting Through Conflict

Reconnecting Through Conflict

Many of us feel emotionally worn down by the stressors of COVID-19. We may vacillate between optimism and pessimism, contentedness and grumpiness, faith and fear. These feelings often show...

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The Basics of the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model

The Basics of the Conscious Discipline Brain State Model

The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model reminds us of the brain’s three hierarchical needs: Safety, connection and problem solving. Times of stress and transition often see a spike in...

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How to be a Safekeeper: Emotional Safety for Adults

How to be a Safekeeper: Emotional Safety for Adults

“Safekeeper” is the term Conscious Discipline uses to describe the adult’s role in the home or school. Our primary job is to keep children physically and emotionally safe. The...

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Cultivating Connection and Contribution in a COVID-19 World

Cultivating Connection and Contribution in a COVID-19 World

Humankind is genetically wired to seek out connection and contribute to each other’s wellbeing. The bonds between us have defined our families and communities since the beginning of time....

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75 Ways for Kids to Connect and Contribute

Keeping it safe by staying at home may seem like a block to connection and contribution, but it can also provide a wonderful opportunity to build unity, compassion and...

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