What is Positive Discipline?
Five Criteria for Positive Discipline
- Is it kind and firm at the same time? (Respectful and encouraging)
- Does it help children feel a sense of belonging and significance? (Connection)
- Is it effective long-term? (Punishment works short term, but has negative long- term results.)
- Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character? (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation)
- Does it invite children to discover how capable they are and to use their personal power in constructive ways?
Videos About How Positive Discipline Works in WA State Foster Homes
Quick Overview of Positive Discipline History, Principles, and Techniques
Dr. Jane Nelsen is a world renowned author and trainer on the topic of Discipline and has authored over 17 books related to Positive Discipline, including Positive Discipline for Children with Special Needs, for Single Parents, for Preschoolers, for Childcare Providers, the First Three Years, for Teenagers, for Parenting in Recovery, and many more.
How Positive Discipline Works with Foster Parents and Current WA State Law
Click the image to hear from Darcey Hancock, WA State Administrator of the Division of Licensed Resources.
Mrs. Hancock describes the previous Washington Administrative Code (WAC) related to discipline and how it was updated to meet the special considerations Caregivers have expressed related to discipline when it comes to children in out-of-home care.
The WAC includes positive language around discipline that foster parents can use in their homes, and many of the techniques and principles of Positive Discipline are applicable.