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Guiding Children’s Behavior

The CDC family is dedicated to nurturing the dignity of each child.  Understanding that all behavior has meaning, that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches, scenarios of behavioral challenges are respectfully facilitated with the goal of replacing undesired behaviors with self-regulated desired behaviors. Focusing on solutions instead of punishment, recognizing, challenging and changing misguided reasons and beliefs that precipitate undesired behaviors, offering logical consequences, encouraging all efforts and improvements, implementing attentive, effective communication and problem-solving skills, the CDC family teaches discipline that is neither punitive or permissive, nurturing its children with kindness and respect.

The CDC family is actively working to systematically and comprehensively implement Conscious Discipline® as its comprehensive classroom management system, social-emotional curriculum and character education program. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. Conscious Discipline is a way of organizing schools and classrooms around the concept of a School Family. Each member of the family is taught the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communication effectively, being sensitive to others’ needs and getting along with others. Conscious Discipline promotes permanent behavior changes as the paradigm of change is from a traditional compliance model of discipline, relying on lower brain center approaches of threat and force, to a relationship-based community model that relies on higher-order thinking skills.