The challenge of parenting is enormous – to take the hand of a brand-new human being and guide her toward adulthood, teaching her all she needs to know to have a happy, successful life. There are times in all parents’ lives when the challenge seems overwhelming. Sometimes we lose control of our emotions, or feel helpless, or resort to shouting and hitting.
But there is another way. “Discipline” actually means “teaching.” Teaching is based on setting goals and finding solutions to challenges. “Positive discipline” is non-violent and respects the child as a learner. It is an approach to teaching that helps children succeed, gives them information, and supports their growth.
Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting is a set of principles that can be applied in a wide range of situations. It can guide all interactions with children, not just the challenging ones.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees children’s protection from all forms of violence, including physical and emotional punishment. It also recognizes children’s rights to respect and dignity. And it recognizes that parents have the right to assistance in carrying out their important role.
Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting helps parents learn how to teach children effectively, while respecting their rights.