Conscious Discipline

Our teachers had the opportunity to explore key concepts of Conscious Discipline with Sarah Sicht in September.  Becky Baily, the developer of Conscious Discipline, outlines the key differences between what many of us grew up with (Traditional Discipline), and the strategies we aim to implement (Conscious Discipline) in three parts.  Traditionally, adults tried to make others change by prescribing the right punishment or withholding something desired.  Conscious Discipline on the other hand, realizes the individual will need to change themselves due to an internal process driven by how we interact with them.  Secondly, we may have been brought up believing rules and consequences govern behavior, while those studying Conscious Discipline come to realize relationships govern behavior.  For example, I want to solve conflict with family members because I love them so much.  Lastly, Conscious Discipline recognizes that conflict does not have to be bad, but it does need to be productive.  It is an opportunity for growth and for us as parents and teachers to show children how to reflect on their choices internally, rather than us choosing the right consequence.