Monthly parenting class

Positive Discipline Roots 2020-2021 Season

Monthly on Mondays
7:00pm–8:30pm in Piedmont, CA OR 11:00 – 12:30pm PST in a Virtual Classroom!

Note: due to COVID-19, through December 2020 and perhaps beyond, the evening class will also take place 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.

One class only

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!

Please note: For the 2020-2021 season, Marcilie will be facilitating alone as Lisa is retiring from Roots this year! Lisa, we will miss you!

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 30, 2021
  • access to Members Page with handouts and additional resources from each class indefinitely
  • optional participation in Buddy Support Program (you’ll get a buddy to talk to once/month for listening, brainstorming solutions, and encouragement)
2020 – 2021 Where, When, and Fees:

Format: Warm up; Experiential activity and discussion; Problem Solving (either Parents Helping Parents or other methods of finding solutions for real-life parenting challenges)

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 (NOTE: During COVID the evening class will also take place via Zoom) or 11:00 – 12:30pm in the Virtual Classroom via Zoom. Convert to your time zone here.

Facilitator: Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Career and Executive Coach + AMAZING guest facilitators in October and November! (see dates and topics below)

Fees: Full Season Oct 2020 – May 2021: Regular Individual $269; 2nd caregiver $170

Partial Season Jan -May 2021: Regular Individual $175; 2nd caregiver $110

One-month Drop In:  $50

Refund policy for Season Pass Holders: We will provide a full refund minus transaction fees (if any) until Aug. 30, 2020, then a full refund less $50/class from September to December 2020.  After that, no refunds are given.

One class only
2020-2021 Dates and Topics

Oct 5, 2020: Back Talk, Defiance, and Power Struggles — Learn how parents contribute to these unwanted behaviors, and what to do instead.

Oct 26, 2020: How to Encourage Real Motivation in Your Children with guest speaker, Julietta Skoog of Shift away from making your children do well, toward helping your children want to do their best. Understand key drivers of intrinsic motivation and how to foster them.

Nov 30, 2020 (5th Monday): Getting on The Same Parenting Page With Your Partner with guest speaker, Casey O’Roarty of, and the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast —  Not seeing eye to eye with your parenting partner? Worried that your lack of cohesion is adversely impacting your child? We’ll explore this dynamic and you’ll leave with specific tactics for how to get more aligned.

Jan 25, 2021: Set Limits That Stick in Three Simple Steps — Identify where stronger or weaker limits are needed in your household, then review and practice a three-step tool (ELC™) to set limits that stick.

Feb 22, 2021: How To Raise An Adult By Empowering vs. Enabling — What it means to be a “helicopter parent” and what you can do to empower your child to be an independent, resourceful, and creative problem solver for the long term. 

Mar 22, 2021: Parenting From The Inside-Out — Discover how our own beliefs and personality traits can be helpful in parenting. . . or not! In this class you’ll explore your “top card” – the way you tend to react when feeling stressed or insecure + strategies for turning your top card into a strength.

Apr 26, 2021: Getting Kids to Share the Load — the Positive Discipline take on chores, allowance, and creating a culture of contribution in the home.

May 24, 2021: How to Nurture Healthy Self-Esteem — what parents can do to instill confidence, self-compassion, and beliefs about self-efficacy in their children.

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 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 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 keeps updating their information. It’s a great way to keep growing.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About Positive Discipline:

Positive 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.