Unconditional Parenting Workshop
There have been a few discussions and requests on parenting classes as well as some discussion on "discipline" styles, choices, and other issues. Alfie Kohn, the author of eleven books on education, parenting, and human behavior, is having a workshop in Portland on July 24th on "Unconditional Parenting." Here is a description of the event as well as information on how to register:
UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Beyond Bribes and Threats
Tuesday, July 24th 6:30 - 8:30pm
Holiday Inn Portland, NE 2nd Ave. Portland, OR 97232
Advice for raising children typically comes in two flavors: threats (known euphemistically as “consequences”) and bribes (”positive reinforcement”). Rewards and punishments are two sides of the same coin, and unfortunately, neither can buy anything more than temporary obedience.
This presentation, by the author of UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING, will show why carrots and sticks are not only ineffective but actually counterproductive over the long haul. To raise children who are good learners and good people requires us to abandon strategies that do things to kids, in favor of an approach in which we work with them. And underlying those “working with” strategies is the message that children do not have to earn our approval, that we love them not for what they do but just for who they are.
Cost is $5 per person. Space is limited, go to pdxparentingsupport.com for reservations.