“Without self-regulation, we act out our internal distress.” Her mentor, Bailey, explained, “The way we handle the internal upset can be a bridge to responsibility or a roadblock.”
Spencer concluded, “Conscious discipline is not easy. It’s like learning a second language.” With enough practice, it becomes more natural: “For my kids, it’s becoming their first language.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
Two resources • Karen Hickman, a national conscience discipline certified instructor, will teach how to effectively implement consequences, problem solve and create safe classrooms where everyone can learn June 23-24 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Francis and Clare Catholic School, Greenwood. The cost is $120 per person. To register: www.ignitelearningllc.blogspot.com or 765-620-5988. • Spencer recommends the book "Managing Emotional Mayhem: The Five Steps for Self-Regulation" by Becky Bailey, published in 2011. "We have to befriend our emotions in order to help us teach that to our children when they're having difficult feelings."