BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - More than a dozen families came together Saturday at North Bay Elementary in Biloxi to learn about a style of parenting that has been sweeping the nation. It's a way of interacting and teaching that many may find to be slightly unconventional, but those who use it swear by it.
Lifelong teacher Donna Porter has dedicated her time to what she says is a long-term solution to an age old problem.
"Quick fixes with behavior don't always work. They'll provide a temporary attribution to what the parent has asked," said Porter.
It's called conscious discipline, and many may find it to be a little out of the ordinary.
Instead of focusing on bad behaviors, this philosophy teaches parents to focus on the good ones. That's something that Porter said is lacking in the approach many parents take.
"If we really want to invest in our child's lifelong skills, we have to invest on the front end," said Porter.
Parent and teacher Kelly Rouse has been implementing conscious discipline strategies for quite some time in her classroom and at home. She said she has seen it work.
"This really teaches us how to teach our children and students, and I think it's extremely effective," said Rouse.
The strategy does take effort on the parent's part. Sam Burke says he thinks a lot of people may look at the strategies and see the value in them, but many don't put them into practice.
"It makes sense, but as a society, I think as parents we sometimes get away from the things that make sense and go back to the things that are kind of instinctive," said Burke.
One of the key points conscious discipline teaches is to have more interaction with your child. Show empathy and care, and the child will be more likely to listen and show good behavior.
Burke knows it will take time, but it's time that he sees as invaluable to the child's life.
"Just dedicate yourself to that," said Burke.
North Bay Elementary is planning another conscious discipline workshop in February. It will be a free event, and all are invited to attend.
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