For Parents

Browse helpful articles that will help you whether you’re taking the first steps toward Conscious Discipline or looking to refine your skills.

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No matter what stage of discovery or implementation you’re in, you’ll find helpful content, insights and examples to support you every step of the way.

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Browse these articles to be “in the know” on exciting Conscious Discipline breakthroughs, legislative activity, industry trends and announcements.

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Conscious Discipline for Parents

Kids Playing Doctor

Put a Doctor’s Kit on Your Gift List

By Julie Ruffo, CDCI

Gift lists are endless, filled with this gadget and that “must-have” toy. If you’re looking for something to fill out your gift list, here is an unlikely solution I swear by: A doctor’s kit …

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Boy on Jungle Gym

Teaching Your Children to Follow Directions with Success

By Fran Rubio-Katz, CDCI

In education, teachers are taught how to scaffold lessons to ensure student success. Scaffolding is a process where teachers break down information into digestible chunks. They model how to think about information, or they demonstrate how to solve a problem.

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Bully

How Do I Respond When Other Children Are Being Mean to Mine?

By Amanda Bagwell, CDCI

“Sometimes when we are around family members or friends who do not have consistent behavior expectations for their children, their child has a tendency to be mean to my child. My first reaction is for “Mama Bear” to come out and jump all over that child.

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Hijack

CD for Parents: The Hijacking of Natural Consequences (a Real Confession)

By Jessica Flowers, CDCI

This is a confession! Yep, I hijacked a natural consequence. It’s reported that confession is good for the soul. Just maybe it will be good for someone else also. In 1982, my oldest son was in the third grade. He returned home from school one day and announced that he had a …

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Spouse Disagreement

Help! My Spouse and I Aren’t On The Same Page In Our Parenting Style

By Amanda Bagwell, CDCI

“I am trying to apply the principles I have learned from Conscious Discipline to my parenting practices and impart the same tools to my children. The problem is that my spouse disagrees with me and thinks that more harsh and authoritarian tactics are …

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Parenting with CD

Overcoming a “Beginner’s Slump” with CD at Home

By Amanda Bagwell, CDCI

“Help! I’ve learned about parenting with CD and I started strong, but now I just feel like I’m doing it all wrong!” First of all, breathe. The skill of composure helps us to turn off the negative responses to our situations and refocus our energy in a positive direction. Take a moment …

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Mom Tricycle

CD for Parents: It’s Your Choice – Love or Fear

By Jessica Flowers, CDCI

Do you ever wonder why you do certain things, like why do you reward yourself with a piece of cake or a new pair of shoes for being a responsible citizen? Why did I just eat two pieces of chocolate cake for just making a good grade? Well, today I got a glimpse of where it just might come from …

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Parenting Flour Fight

CD for Parents: Help! My Kids are Wild Around Others

By Amanda Bagwell, CDCI

“When I am one-on-one with my kids at home, I feel like things are going smoothly, but when they get around other kids, who may not have the same expectations for behavior, my kids just go nuts and I feel like Im spiraling out of control. What kinds of expectations should …

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Conscious Discipline for Educators

Dr. Becky Bailey Podcast

Episode033: Creating Healthy Marriages with Conscious Discipline

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Kim Hughes

In this episode, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Kim Hughes opens her heart and home to share how Conscious Discipline has improved the health of her marriage. After her children left home, Kim realized that her marriage with her husband Scott had become about the kids. Wanting to recapture their connection and fall in love again, Kim decided to apply the principles of Conscious Discipline to her marriage. Listen in as Kim describes the changes she made and the transformational results.

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Episode032: Conscious Leadership

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Abbi Kruse

In this episode, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Abbi Kruse shares five powerful ways for administrators to support teachers in working with children of trauma. Abbi is the founder and executive director of The Playing Field in Madison, Wisconsin. The Playing Field serves children 0-4 and aims to level the playing field by working with homeless children, middle-class children, and Head Start students in one classroom. Listen as Abbi shares her wisdom on building a school culture that empowers teachers to tackle this challenging, vitally important work.

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Conflict in the Classroom: An Opportunity to Teach and Learn

By Lina Paredes, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor

My eyes look up as I try to finish correcting students´ math quizzes. As a few of them wait in line to receive their feedback, I notice two students approaching my desk, both of them looking upset, nervous, and affected. One of them holds a purple pencil sharpener in her hand while the other one says, ¨Ms. Lina, she took my pencil sharpener and it´s mine!¨ This is probably one of the most frequent situations you´ll find yourself …

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Creating the Habit of Noticing

By Jenny Spencer, CDCI

They say it takes at least 21 days to develop a new habit. When I was teaching Special Education, one of my colleagues taught me a technique that helped me focus on specific skill development within myself or my students. I have since adapted that technique to help teachers develop the “habit” of noticing. First of all, what is noticing? The skill of noticing is foundational to successful implementation of Conscious Discipline. It helps us be present and build relationships as we encourage helpfulness in  …

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Webinars for Educators

Jill Molli Webinar

Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools with Master Instructor Jill Molli

Join Jill Molli for a high-level overview of the core tenants of Conscious Discipline that addresses the seven powers and skills, three core program components and success stories.

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Head Start Webinar

How Conscious Discipline Aligns with National Head Start Standards

Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Jill Molli and Head Start Director Sue Dierks respond to questions about the new Conscious Discipline Parent Education Curriculum.

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Conscious Discipline for Administrators

Conscious Discipline Excels in Harvard Analysis of Top 25 SEL Programs

In a study published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and funded by The Wallace Foundation, Conscious Discipline was found to be one of only three SEL programs that focuses 75% or more of its content on Emotion/Behavior Regulation and Emotion Knowledge/Expression, and one of only 13 programs that focuses 50% or more its content on Interpersonal Skills. Conscious Discipline received high ratings in 8 of 10 categories. The study’s authors say, “Conscious Discipline provides an array of behavior management strategies and classroom structures that teachers can use to turn everyday situations into learning opportunities.”