Community Action of Allegan County’s (CAAC) Early Education Staff held their first “7 Steps to Making Parenting Easier” workshop last fall. The workshop is a 7 week series and uses the skills of Conscious Discipline to help parents find teachable moments and parent in a more helpful way. The skills are designed for children ages 0-7, but can be modified for older children.
Each week focused on a different skill of Conscious Discipline, including: composure, assertiveness, choices, consequences, empathy, and more. Parents learn to stay in control of themselves and in charge of children in a manner that empowers children to successfully learn and internalize lifelong skills.
Conscious Discipline uses an evidenced based model. In a study published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Conscious Discipline was found to be one of only three Social Emotional Learning programs that focuses 75% or more on Emotion/Behavior Regulation and Emotion Knowledge/Expression, and one of only 13 programs that focuses 50% or more on Interpersonal Skills (Conscious Discipline, 2019).
Classes were held at the Allegan Tech Center with dinner and childcare provided. Carly Schultz, Home Visiting Supervisor and Parent Education Coordinator for CAAC led the workshop. Carly holds a Master’s in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Family Life Education and is working on her Family Life Education Certification. Carly has a passion for parent education and looks forward to doing more in this field, including teaching more Conscious Discipline workshops.
Participants found the workshop to be helpful in parenting and beyond. “Every week I looked forward to my time in Conscious Discipline. There was much to learn, which Carly taught in a clear way and a comfortable environment. I will miss going to this class because I feel it truly helped me not only as a parent, but also as a person and a member of the community!” recalls a parent.
Aside from learning new parenting skills, parents found social benefits to the program as well, finding a support system amongst other parents. One parent left the workshop saying, “I really enjoyed this class and hearing other’s stories of their kids. I also really enjoyed hearing Carly’s personal experiences with each of the topics we talked about.”
CAAC will offer the workshop again this spring. For more information, contact Carly Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269.673.5472 ext. 310.