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All About Conscious Discipline

All About Conscious Discipline

Created by Dr. Becky Bailey

Conscious Discipline is an emotional intelligence program where children learn to express their emotions, resolve problems with words, and work with others. It was developed by Dr. Becky Bailey, an author and early childhood educator. It is designed to create an environment where the motivation to behave comes from the nature of the relationships a child has with others.

The best way to discipline a child is something all parents think about. What is the best way to show your child the correct way to behave, without ordering them around? How can you teach your child to behave properly because they know it’s right?

conscious discipline Benefits of Conscious Discipline

One of the main messages of Conscious Discipline is that when people feel loved and valued, cooperation flourishes. Whether it’s used in a classroom or home environment, the goal is to help your child connect with those around them and develop caring relationships. Instead of using punishment and rewards, Conscious Discipline encourages problem-solving, cooperation, and acceptance.

In doing this, your child can learn how to problem-solve, become more accountable for their own behavior, and gain self-control.

How to use Conscious Discipline at home        Conscious Discipline

Because Conscious Discipline is focused on creating strong relationships, parents and caregivers can participate as well. Here are some ways you can use Conscious Discipline at home:

See the situation from your child’s perspective. Being able to see an event through your child’s eyes can help you to respond appropriately and can help inform the way you deal with thesituation.

Offer closed-end choices. Letting your child participate in the decision-making process can help them feel a sense of control and practice collaborative problem-solving. However, a limited amount of choice is easier for a young child to handle. so, for example, you can say, “Do you want to brush your teeth first, or put on your pajamas?”

Set rules beforehand. When your child knows what to expect, they can feel secure, and you have a shared frame of reference. So, for example, when getting ready to run errands, you can say, “I won’t be buying any candy today, but you can bring a snack from home. Would you like crackers or fruit?”

Plan ahead to avoid difficult situations. Thinking about possible scenarios can help you prepare or avoid difficult circumstances altogether. So, for example, you may realize that your trip to visit family will mean your child will have a later than usual bedtime, as a result this could make them more prone to tantrums.

Conscious DisciplineRemain calm. Though keeping calm can seem difficult at times, it is an important thing to practice. As a result, you are less likely to lose your temper, likewise you might give in and break the rules you set for your child. Model proper behavior and emotional control for your child as often as you can.

Conscious Discipline aims to help children express their feelings, regulate emotions, problem-solve through an issue, and create strong connections with others. In this way, your child can learn appropriate behaviors based on their relationships and understand what is expected of them.

Dr. Becky Bailey explains her theory of Conscious Discipline click here to watch the video!

Want to learn more about Dr. Becky Baily, founder of Conscious Discipline? Click here

COVID-19 Health Precautions

Dear Parents,

Phase 1 hours are 7:30am-5:30pm.

If you have not yet made arrangements to have your child return, you must contact the school first on Monday morning after 7:30am to see if there are still spots available.

We would like to review the new procedures that will be in effect until further notice for the protection of our children and staff:

  • No more than 10 persons per room is permitted at this time.
  • No one except staff members and students will be permitted to enter the building unless absolutely necessary, as determined by the Directors. Drop off and pick up will take place at the front door. Parents must maintain a 6ft distance from others while waiting outside. You may wish to arrive a few minutes early in the event you need to wait. You must arrive at school by 9:00am.
  • Masks must be worn by anyone who enters the building. This includes children 3 and above (except nap time) – please make sure to send a mask with your child. If you need to enter the lobby you will need to sanitize your hands and wear a mask.
  • Entering Daily: Everyone must sanitize their hands and be screened prior to entering the building DAILY. This means a visual scan, questions re: exposure or any symptoms of illness, and a touch free temperature scan. This is required for adults and children.
  • Symptoms: Fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, colored mucus, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, or loss of taste/smell. If any child or staff member has any of these symptoms will not permitted to enter the building, must go home, and will not be permitted to return until after being 72 hours symptom free WITHOUT medication (including fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol), and with a doctor’s note. Parents who do not pick-up their child within an hour of being called or those who dose their child with Tylenol and don’t tell us they have temperature will not be permitted back at school.
  • Exposure: You must inform the Director immediately if your child (1) has symptoms, has tested positive, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19; (2) lives with someone who, in the past 14 days, has symptoms, has tested positive, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or (3) has come into direct contact with someone who, in the past 14 days, has symptoms, has tested positive, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19. If you suspect that your child or anyone else may have COVID 19 it is important you do not attempt to send your child to school, confidentially notify the Director immediately, and get a test done as soon as possible.
    Handwashing: All children will be brought to wash their hands for 20 seconds before joining their class. In addition to the usual handwashing of children after bathroom, before eating, etc, we will wash the children’s hands every half hour for 20 seconds
  • Sign-in/out – please bring your own pen
  • There will be no rotating of staff/children, so your child will be with the same children and teacher/s throughout the day
  • Social distancing (6ft apart) is required by all adults, and by children to the extent possible
  • We will receive boxed lunches.
  • Bathrooms: All bathrooms will be sanitized between each use.
  • ALL toys that are utilized throughout the day, whether mouthed or not, will be immediately placed in a bin to be sanitized and thoroughly dried before going back out for another child to play with.
  • Our usual cleaning/disinfecting policies will be more frequent and deeper. ALL surfaces, shelving, toys, art supplies, doorknobs etc. will be cleaned every time they are touched and at the end of the day.
  • All cots/cribs will be 6 ft apart during rest periods. Cots will be disinfected after each use.
  • Water fountains will not be used. We will use water coolers with disposable cups.
  • Playground equipment will not be used. We will take the children for walks, plan activities such as scavenger hunts, hopscotch, relay races etc. to get fresh air and exercise each day. If a child touches any equipment outside, we will sanitize. Only one group at a time will be allowed outside in any fenced in play area.
  • No soft surfaces will be allowed as they are difficult to sanitize. Dress up clothes, soft block, stuffed animals, etc. are stored. All carpets were cleaned in the past week.
  • For a limited time, Governor’s Essential Worker scholarships are now available. The list is extremely broad; to check if you qualify see below. Even if you are presently on School Readiness, it is beneficial for you to apply (no parent co-pay) and it will take just a few minutes. To apply: click here.

I’m sure that you share our tremendous appreciation for our dedicated staff for their willingness to do what only they can do – and they do it so well – to service you, our families. Please remember to express your appreciation.

Looking forward to seeing you soon - stay safe and be well.

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