Monthly parenting classPositive Discipline Roots 2019-2020 Season

Monthly on Mondays
7:00pm–8:30pm in Piedmont, CA OR 11:00 – 12:30pm 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.

***choose Individual, Couple, or Drop-In from the drop-down menu on the registration page***

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)
  • access to recorded classes through August, 2019
  • access to Members Page with handouts and additional resources from each class indefinitely
  • 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)
  • if you sign up by May 21, you’ll also receive a Summer Bridge Program (see below for early bonuses)

***choose Individual, Couple, or Drop-In from the drop-down menu on the registration page***

2019 – 2020 Where, When, 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 OnLine Virtual Classroom using video conference from wherever you are

When: The 4th Monday of each month (with some exceptions – see below) from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Piedmont, CA or 11:00 – 12:30pm in the Virtual Classroom.

Facilitator: Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA, CPCC and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer.

Fees: Full Season Sept – May: Regular Individual $259; 2nd caregiver $170

Early Bird by Aug 30: Individual $229; 2nd caregiver $150

One-month Drop In:  $45

Refund policy for Season Pass Holders: We will provide a full refund minus transaction fees (if any) until Sept. 9, then a full refund less $45/class from September to December 2019.  After that, no refunds are given.

2019 – 2020 Dates and Topics:

Sept 23, 2019 – Hold Limits Firmly But Not Sternlyreal life examples of what “kind and firm at the same time” looks and sounds like in heated moments.

Oct 28 – The Dignity Double BindChildren face a double bind all the time: “I lose my dignity if I give into my parents’ demands, but I also lose if I defy them because I hurt relationship.” Today we will tap into the power of dignity — what Adler called, “the iron-clad law of social living” — to help children find the win/win and reduce incidents of misbehavior.

Dec 2 (1st monday in Dec rather than 4th in Nov)How to Raise an Empowered vs. Entitled Child – How to nurture without coddling, and offer challenges that foster self-efficacy and healthy independence.

Jan 27, 2020 – Help Your Child Develop Shame ResilienceDeepen your understanding about the difference between shame, guilt, humiliation and embarrassment and how you can help your children become resilient and more open to life’s challenges. Based on work of Brene Brown.

Feb 24 – How to Keep Your CoolAnger management for parents. We all know about flipping your lid. But what does it really take to stop?

Mar 23 – Sibling RivalryLearn three things parents commonly do that exacerbate sibling fighting and what to do instead. Then, we will address as many of your real-life sibling challenges as we can with problem-solving brainstorms and role play.

April 27 – The Trouble with ConsequencesLearn how to design consequences that are helpful, not hurtful + why Jane Nelsen says, “No more logical consequences! (at least hardly ever)”

May 18 (3rd Monday) – The Belief Behind the Behavior – Deepen your understanding of the 4 Mistaken Goals: Undue Attention, Misguided Power, Revenge, and Assumed Inadequacy. Expand your repertoire of effective interventions for each.

Wondering how the Virtual Classroom works? FAQ’s are below.

How will the interactive, on-line class work?

This is a live class 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 other participants on screen as well as the facilitator and her whiteboard. We can do small breakout groups, too! If it’s a bad hair day, you may choose to turn your camera off so that you are not seen by others. ( ;

Will the classes be recorded for replay?

Yes. All classes plus supplemental handouts, tip sheets, and other resources will be available on a Members Page. Access to the Members Page is indefinite, but recordings will expire on Aug. 30 of the following year.

What are the system requirements?

Just about any computer or smartphone will work. As long as it 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 smartphone with or without video by downloading the Zoom Meetings app and then entering the Meeting Room ID. 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 

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

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

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

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.

[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.

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

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

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

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.

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.