Parents are always optimistic – everything with our kids is wonderful!
And that is when they find themselves looking for ideas on how to get their kids to act, and do things that the parents want.
This 5-part workshop on discipline was held in Winter 2018. Interested in organizing this for a group of parents? Contact us!
Below are the outlines and some of the print materials that were used for the class.
The workshops were designed to allow parents to learn, build, and test systems at home. It consisted of small and large group discussion, learning techniques and strategies, and THEN creating personalized techniques, tools, and strategies to take home.
Each week builds off the previous week, allowing participants the opportunity to try things at home and come back with questions and suggestions to share with others.
SESSION I – January 10; Introduction to Discipline – The group built a clear understanding of discipline; explored what bugs them about kids’ behaviors and identified what we want from their relationship with them. Here are the PowerPoint slides, a home discipline assessment tool, and an exercise on the discipline strategies we learned from our parents that we want to keep or discard
SESSION 2 – January 17; Structure & Routines – Learn what structure is and how it helps children (and us); develop routines for home. Here are the PowerPoint slides from Session 2, a simple blank form for routines as well as daily routine images you can use for different child tasks/activities.
SESSION 3 – January 31; Expectations & Incentives – Understand types of expectations (what we sometimes call rules); build sets of expectations for use at home; understand thinking behind incentives; learn types of incentives and how they can help children learn. Here are the PowerPoint slides from Session 3, Examples of rules & a blank rules form, an explanation of two types of reward charts, a generic blank incentive chart, and a blank chore chart for daily & weekly.
SESSION 4 – February 7; The Right Response – Responding to behaviors in the moment, whether they are small infractions or annoyances, or a big blowout tantrum. Here are the PowerPoint Slides from Session 4, a page outlining Personal Parenting Leadership styles , and a quick list of techniques and strategies for ‘in the moment’.
SESSION 5 – February 21; Consequences – Understand the role and value of consequences; what are the right consequences; learn a variety of consequences. Here is the PowerPoint slideshow from Session 5. There were no other handouts that evening.
For further information, please send us an email
A little background on the workshop leaders:
Michael Swisher, BS, MS, has worked with a variety of teens and pre-teens, some at risk, some involved in the Juvenile Justice system, some who are everyday run of the mill kids. All of them are looking for connections, want to be seen and feel special. He has developed and delivered training for staff on behavior management that had, at the foundation, a loving and respectful relationship with youth. In his current work with the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, he strives to strengthen adults’ abilities to support young people throughout the community. He has designed and led numerous workshops for Out of School Time staff and parent/caregivers on positive communication and building supportive relationships with youth. With his wife of 24 years, he is raising a 12th grade daughter and a 6th grade son.
Erik Endo, M.Ed. has extensive experience as a teacher (preschool (Spanish), elementary (Special Ed), middle/high school (Special Ed), and adults (ESL)) and instructor:art, electricity, origami, soccer, and Odyssey of the Mind enrichment programs. He is also a longtime soccer coach. Erik has also run camps and after school programs for elementary and middle school children. In his current job with Even Start Family Literacy Program, he brings together mothers as they learn English, Parenting, Technology, and accessing community resources to low-income parents of young children. However, his favorite role was the 10 years that he was a stay-home-dad to his three boys who are currently in 12th, 10th, and 7th grades. From organizing toddler playgroups to coaching middle school boys to teaching English to adults, Erik continues to believe that creating and nurturing positive and meaningful relationships is the central focus from which all good things come. Erik, his wife, and three boys are alums of Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool.