Monthly parenting classPositive Discipline Roots

Monthly on Mondays
7:00pm–8:30pm in Piedmont, CA OR 11:30 – 1:00pm 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!

NOTE: Despite what the video says at the end, Lisa will not be co-facilitating for 2018-2019; she is taking a sabbatical.

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***

2018 – 2019 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 (except for May which is the 3rd Monday) from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in Piedmont, or 11:30 – 1:00pm 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

Mid Season Jan – May: Regular Individual $169; 2nd caregiver $110

One-month Drop In:  $45

Refund policy for Season Pass Holders: We will provide a full refund minus transaction fees (if any) and $45/month up to November 2018.  After that, no refunds are given.

2018 – 2019 Dates and Topics:

Sept. 24, 2018  Fostering Resilience and a “Growth Mindset” — revisit the difference between encouragement vs. praise and learn and practice slight tweaks in language that can help children bounce back from setbacks and feel more eager to take on challenges.

Oct. 22  Back Talk, Defiance, and Power Struggles — Learn how parents contribute to these unwanted behaviors, and what to do instead.

Nov. 26  Attached for Life — With Guest Facilitator, Lisa Fuller – Create strategies to re-build or strengthen loving, trusting, connected relationships with your children that will keep them attached to you despite a peer-dominated culture.

Jan 28, 2019 The Productive Parent – Get time management tips to become more organized, productive, and guided by your highest priorities. Based on David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” and Peter Bregman’s “18 Minutes.”

Feb 25  My Kids Never Listen To Me — How to get your kids to listen (the first time.)

Mar 25  Emotional Regulation for Ourselves and our Children — emotional awareness, honesty and healthy expression for parents and kids.

April 22  Alternatives to the Time Out  — when your child has clearly “crossed the line,” what to do instead of a punitive time out.

May 20  Technology and Kids — tips for living with technology in a healthy way.

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 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. ( ;

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 ( and 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.