Positive Discipline Roots

Monthly on Mondays, starting September 27, 2017
7:00pm–8:30pm in Piedmont, CA OR 12:00 – 1:30pm PST in a Virtual Classroom!

A monthly Parenting with Positive Discipline reinforcing group for those who have completed at least 10 hours of Positive Discipline instruction.

So you completed your Positive Discipline classes but now find yourself craving the weekly reminder that got you closer to your parenting sweet spot. We’ve created this series JUST FOR YOU!

Join us each month to refresh your Positive Discipline perspective, and get support with parenting challenges through discussions and experiential activities. Together we’ll deepen and reinforce powerful Positive Discipline concepts to keep you on track.

This short, fun video might just help you remember why we all need help staying on track!

This series is open to anyone who has taken at least 10 hours of Positive Discipline instruction.

Positive Discipline Roots includes:
  • 8 monthly reinforcing classes
  • binder with class materials (for live class) or downloads (for virtual class)
  • membership in a private discussion group
  • optional participation in Buddy Support Program (you’ll get a buddy to talk to once/month for listening, brainstorming solutions, and encouragement)

2017 – 2018 Where, When, Topics and Fees:

Format: Warm up; Experiential activity and discussion; Parents Helping Parents Problem Solving

Where:   Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Avenue, East Wing (entrance on Bonita, across the street from the tennis courts) or On-Line Virtual Class using video conference

When: The 4th Monday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Oakland, or 12:00 – 1:30pm On-Line.

Facilitators: Lisa Fuller, MSW, CPCC and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer; Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA, CPCC and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer

Fees:   Jan 2018 – May 2018 series:  Regular Individual $167; 2nd caregiver:  $105

One-month Drop In:  $40

Monthly Dates and Topics:

Sept 25, 2017  Back Talk, Defiance, and Power Struggles — Learn how parents contribute to these unwanted behaviors, and what to do instead.

Oct 23  The Kids Are Fighting . . . Again!  — Gain practical tools to encourage more peaceful, cooperative sibling relationships.

Nov 27   Joint Problem Solving with PESOS — Learn/re-learn and practice this effective, simple process to solve patterned, negative behavior challenges collaboratively with your kids.

Jan 22, 2018  The Belief Behind the Behavior — Going deeper on Mistaken Goals of Undue Attention, Misguided Power, Revenge, and Assumed Inadequacy.

Feb 26   Set Limits That Stick in Three Simple Steps —  Identify where stronger or weaker limits are needed in your household, then learn and practice a three-step tool to set limits that stick. 

Mar 26   Bringing it All Together with Family Meetings — Do’s, Don’ts, practice and Q&A.

Apr 23   Flipped Lids, Self Care, and the Power of Perspective — How to stay cool, calm, and curious in the face of really irritating behavior.

May 21   Connection Through Empathy — Experience the impact of empathy on connection, cooperation, and self-discipline.  Empathy could become your “go-to” tool.

Wondering how the on-line class works? FAQ’s are below.

How will the interactive, on-line class work?

We will be using Zoom video conferencing which is exceptionally easy to use. You will be given a URL link upon registration which will take you to the virtual classroom at the time of the event. You will see the facilitator on video and will be able to see her computer screen, too. You will have the option of being seen as a participant, or not.

What are the system requirements?

Just about anything MOST people will be using, will work. Chromebooks will NOT be able to work with Zoom, I’m sorry! As long as the computer or smart phone was purchased within the last 15 years (some even longer) you will have no issue. You may also dial in using your phone, with or without camera. For more specific system requirements follow this link.

Can I participate using a mobile device?

Yes. You can use your smart phone with or without video. You can also just dial in with a regular phone for audio only (although I recommend having the ability to see the video, as well as hear the audio.)

Does my computer or phone need a camera to participate?

No. While I hope that most people will participate choose to be seen (because it’s more like a real classroom that way), you do not need to have a camera and even if you do, you can choose not to use it.

I live outside the United States. Can I participate?

Yes, Zoom works globally. You can start or join a meeting from any international location using PC & Mac , Android & iOS , H.323/SIP devices or telephone dial-in.

What People Have to Say About Roots 

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I really enjoyed having both Lisa and Marcilie as facilitators because they have different styles and experiences and I get to learn from both.

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The thing I most appreciate about Roots is the reinforcement of Positive Discipline concepts.

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I enjoy Roots because it forces me to think about the tools and I like the role plays.

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I learned a lot. I liked the content of the Roots because we covered different topics and went deep. I’m really happy I participated.

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[I value Roots because it allows me to set aside] time to devote to being a better parent. There are always helpful reminders in every class.

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I appreciate the constant reminder of where I want to be.

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I appreciate Roots because it helped me get closer to my daughter.

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I learned far more than I thought I would in every class.

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I appreciate hearing other parents and their experiences and knowing that I’m not alone! I also appreciate getting new perspectives on old/repeat situations.

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I LOVE PD & Roots. Very helpful to recalibrate here. I always “relearn” a tool I had forgotten.

I knew that if I ever had kids I didn't want to do what my parents did. I had all sorts of bad parenting modeled for me. The trouble came when I actually had kids. I didn't know what good things to do instead. So I found myself reacting to bad behavior in unproductive ways. Working with Marcilie and Lisa provided me with a whole new set of actions to try and perspectives to seek. We practiced techniques in class so that it would be easier to do them at home. I learned so much about myself and my children. I keep doing Roots so that I have a monthly reminder and check in because there are always new challenges and Marcilie and Lisa keep updating their information. It's a great way to keep growing.

Lisa Patakas
Stay-at-home Mom of 2 Children
Alameda, Ca


About Positive Discipline:

f07d4b8d8d0ee474553d6fec6487a63ePositive Discipline (www.positivediscipline.com and www.positivediscipline.org) is a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best selling “Positive Discipline” books by Jane Nelsen and others, it promotes self-discipline: doing the right thing when no one is watching, forcing, or bribing. This happens when we model and teach our children important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Positive Discipline teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive.