Positive Discipline Roots 2021-2022 Season

Monthly on Mondays
7:00pm–8:30pm in Oakland, 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.

NEW LOCATION for evening class! Starting September, 2021, the evening class will take place at The Rockridge Community Center in Oakland, CA — a new, beautifully remodeled, and spacious building. Check out some pictures here. Alameda County COVID safety recommendations will be followed for safe indoor gatherings at the time of the event.

Partial Season


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 2021-2022 season, Marcilie will be facilitating alone as Lisa has retired from Roots! 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, 2022
  • 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)
2021 – 2022 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)


  • Daytime class meets virtually in a Zoom classroom. Virtual classes will be recorded.
  • NEW LOCATION for evening class: Rockridge Community Center, 5776 Broadway, Oakland, CA.

When: The 4th Monday of each month (with some exceptions – see below) from 11:00 – 12:30 pm PST in the Virtual Classroom via Zoom or from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Oakland. Convert to your time zone here.

Facilitator: Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Career and Executive Coach


Full Season Sept 2021 – May 2022: Regular Individual $279; 2nd caregiver $150 (2nd Caregiver Pricing goes up to $170 on Sept. 1, 2021)

Partial Season Jan – May 2022: Regular Individual $180; 2nd caregiver $110 

One-month Drop In:  $50/person or $75/couple

Refund policy for Season Pass Holders: We will provide a full refund minus transaction fees (if any) until Aug. 30, 2021, then a full refund less $50/class from September to December 2021.  After that, no refunds are given.

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2021-2022 Dates and Topics

Sept 27, 2021:  My Kids Never Listen To Me  —  How to get your kids to listen (the first time).

Oct 25, 2021:  The Trouble with Consequences — More practice focusing on solutions and designing consequences that are helpful, not hurtful.

Nov 29, 2021 (5th Monday):  Staying cool, calm, and curious in the face of really irritating behavior — We’ll review the “Hand Model of the Brain” and what helps you keep or get your lid down. Then we’ll explore how “your explanation of your child’s behavior guides your intervention” (quote by Ross Greene, author of “The Explosive Child.”)

Jan 24, 2022:  Help! My Kids Are Addicted To Screens! — Tips for living with technology in a healthy way.

Feb 28, 2022:  The Real Reason Parenting Behavior is So Hard to Change – Today we’ll explore what makes us “immune to change” — it’s different for each of us — and design experiments to dislodge the blocks. Based on “Immunity To Change” by Bob Keegan and Lisa Lahey of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mar 28, 2022:   Connection Through Empathy — Experience the impact of empathy on connection, cooperation, and self-discipline. Empathy could become your “go-to” tool. 

Apr 25, 2022:  When Discipline Styles Clash – How to respond when others (partner, parent, neighbor, etc.) criticize your parenting methods + what to do (or NOT do) when you disagree with theirs!

May 23, 2022:  Don’t Give Me That Back Talk – How parents unwittingly invite back talk and power struggles and what to do instead.

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

How will the interactive, online 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 Virtual 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.)

Does my computer or phone need a camera to participate?

No. While I hope that everyone will 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 get it — sometimes you need a break from the camera.

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.”

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About Positive Discipline:

Positive 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.