“The Soul of Discipline” with Kim John Payne (3/31 at 6:30 p.m.)
Raising Respectful Children in a Culture of Disrespect
TICKET SALES CLOSED. Thank you to all who purchased tickets. We look forward to a wonderful evening with Mr. Payne.
Thursday, March 31 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall)
Open to the Public
A parent’s journey is filled with both precious moments and difficult situations. Our sense of how we are doing is often determined by the way in which we respond to the flashpoints of parenting. These moments will either refine or consume us.
Parenting and discipline styles have changed over the years yet often these influences flow into our family and classroom life today. It is so revealing to explore discipline styles past and present, from the old blind obedience to behavior modifications based on punishment and reward or even to our present day behavior affirmation, often expressed as the good job culture.
While these tools have their place, this presentation will set out three cumulative discipline phases. Firstly, training creative compliance for the young child, secondly, building emotional skills for the elementary age, and lastly, for the teenager, managing critical choices.
Because so many of our parenting and teaching challenges occur naturally as part of child development it is possible to anticipate these difficulties and to prepare for them in advance. For discipline to be effective it must always begin with preventive discipline. This presentation will provide a developmental roadmap to help parents and educators establish the kind of discipline that is both nurturing and effective.
Depending on the format chosen, following these presentations we may have a chance to discuss and reflect on our own experiences and how what we have heard may find a place in further building healthy relationships within our families and schools.
Kim John Payne
A consultant and trainer to 250 U.S. independent and public schools and school districts, Kim John Payne, M.Ed., has been a school and family counselor for more than thirty years. He has also consulted for clinics, training centers, and educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. He has served as the project director of the Collaborative Counseling Program at Antioch University and the co-director of an extensive research program on a drug-free approach to attention-priority issues. He is the director of the Simplicity Parenting Project and the Center for Social Sustainability and has worked extensively with the American and U.K. Waldorf movements. The author of Games Children Play, Simplicity Parenting, and Beyond Winning, he lives with his wife and two children in Northampton, Massachusetts. For more info on Kim John Payne and Simplicity Parenting, click here.
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Our eighth grade students will be providing childcare during the meeting for students in kindergarten and up. A $10 donation is requested per child. To reserve your spot, click here.