What is Conscious Discipline?
Information taken from www.consciousdiscipline.com
Elim Children’s Center uses Conscious Discipline center-wide. It is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. Each classroom is organized around a School Family. Each member of the family—both adult and child—learns the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communicating effectively, being sensitive to others’ needs and getting along with others.
Conscious Discipline empowers children, parents, and teachers with the Seven Powers for Self Control
The Seven Powers of Self Control
- Perception – No one can make you mad without your permission
- Unity – We are all in this together
- Love – See the best in others
- Attention – What you focus on, you get more of
- Acceptance – The moment is as it is
- Free Will – The only person you can make change is yourself
- Intention – Conflict is an opportunity to teach
These powers allow parents and teachers to draw from within themselves to become proactive instead of reactive during moments of conflict. Parents and teachers stay in control of themselves and positively influence children.
From the beliefs instilled with the Seven Powers for Self Control emerge the Seven Basic Skills of Discipline.
The Seven Basic Skills of Discipline
- Composure – becoming the person you want your children to be
- Encouragement – building a school family
- Assertiveness – Respectfully setting limits
- Choices – Building self-esteem and will power
- Positive Intent – Creating teachable moments, turning conflict into cooperation
- Consequences – Helping children learn from their mistakes
These skills change how adults respond to conflict in such a way as to facilitate the development of the frontal lobes in children. Through the Powers and Skills, adults stay in control of themselves and in charge of children.
As adults begin to change their attitudes and behaviors, so will the children in their care. We cannot teach behaviors and skills that we do not possess ourselves.
Become conscious of the intent behind each of your interactions. Your intent is more powerful than any words.
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