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Santa Cruz County Events:  Education Day events on Tuesday, Dec. 1st are FREEMedical Workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd is $15 including dinner, CMEs pending.

Click links for more information on First 5 Monterey County workshop and Stanford Health Training on December 2.

Beyond Bullying

PDCR has some great resources that address bullying in our Beyond Bullying section. Also, check out our newest video collaboration with the County Sheriff and Dunbar Productions!  A powerful 4 minutes to illuminate one of the most challenging issues of our time – bullying – and how Positive Discipline addresses this problem at its root cause…

Classes, trainings and playgroups at a glimpse…  Full listing and registration details here.

Upcoming ProgramsDateTimeCost
PD Topical on Single ParentingSaturday, Nov. 2110 am to noon$20 for class with $10 for Childcare, scholarships available, register by going to Classes page
English PD Mentor Group
4th Sunday of the month, November 221-4 pmDetails under Classes, Ongoing Resources, FREE to Positive Discipline educators
Parenting Teens Support GroupLast Wednesday of the month, November 256:30 - 8 pmFREE at Costanoa High, 840 N. Branciforte Ave, Santa Cruz
Navigating 2-5 Years with PD Series8 Tuesdays, Jan. 26 through March 156:30-8:30 pm$80 for series with $10 for Childcare per class, scholarships available, register by calling 831-476-7284x107

Relationships based on mutual respect and dignity will lead to healthier, safer, and more just societies. PDCR helps our community learn a model of connection and interaction, along with concrete communication tools, which can result in a positive cultural shift. This shift includes increasing the values of mutual respect and dignity, responsibility for oneself and others (interconnectivity), social interest, civic engagement, curiosity and a solution orientation. Our future generation of children will learn to embody the principles above as our social structures begin to embody these principles, and families, schools, and our community at large learn to implement and model them.

Our mission is to support our community of families, schools, and service providers in learning how to have respectful relationships through the teachings of Positive Discipline.

These values guide our practice, policies, and our teaching:

  1. Teach and model mutual respect (respect being defined as “consideration and understanding of” rather than the more traditional “deference to”).
  2. Encourage connection and increase a sense of belonging, significance, and safety.
  3. Discipline means “to teach”, not to punish. By drawing forth someone’s own knowledge they learn more and feel empowered. Limits and structure are set in the context of a relationship of trust with kindness and firmness at the same time.
  4. Decide together and help people learn long-term skills. Doing “with” instead of “for” or “to” helps create a caring, respectful atmosphere that encourages the development of self-discipline, cooperation, responsibility and problem solving skills.
  5. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. We focus on solutions and accountability for our choices, rather than blame or shame.
  6. Have fun!

Our Commitment
We offer instructional classes, support groups, training resources, and restorative programs for families, schools and community service providers. Using research-based methods and experiential practice, PDCR teaches social and emotional awareness skills that promote initiative, responsibility, resilience capability, and environments that are positive and safe to learn in.

“I think and feel that the greatest legacy we can leave our children is the skill to communicate and pass on great family and relationships through the generations.  Positive Discipline does that.– Mark Anicetti, Dad on Positive Discipline Parenting

Check out our welcome message from PD Founder, Jane Nelsen!