By Raelene Bauman, Executive Director – Tumbler Ridge Children’s Centre Society
Parents and anyone working with children/youth know that there are many regular challenges that come along with child-rearing at each stage of their development. The additional challenge comes when trying to figure how to discipline children in a constructive manner.
The TR Children’s Centre Society (TRCCS), in partnership with School District 59, recently offered training to help people to conquer these challenges.
March 10 saw the wrap-up of a seven week program aimed at equipping local parents, care providers and teachers with the knowledge and techniques behind Positive Discipline. Based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, Positive Discipline is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.
In a nutshell, the approach focuses on applying discipline in a way that teaches children the social and life skills necessary to become valuable community members, rather than using negative forms of discipline that rely on fear to correct behaviour.
Program facilitation was done by TR Child Centre staff Raelene Bauman and Shirley Oethiemer, allowing people to share personal experiences and seek advice from others who may have experienced similar challenges. Role playing activities were also used to help participants put the principles of Positive Discipline into action, while adding a great deal of fun and humour to the evenings.
With local program facilitators in place, TRCCS encourages parents, teachers and anyone else responsible for the care of children and youth to access them as a community resource. Future sessions can be hosted, pending that there is enough interest and funding. Anyone that is interested is asked, stop by the Centre, call (250) 242-4503 or email email@example.com to add your name to a list. In the meantime, for more info, The Positive Discipline book is available at our local library or you can visit the website www.positivediscipline.com.