Positive Discipline Tool Card: Pay Attention
Positive Discipline Teacher's Tool Cards by Jane Nelsen and Kelly Gfroerer and Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards by Jane Nelsen and Adrian Garsia, each offer 52 Positive Discipline tools that are available to help with many teaching and parenting challenges. Pay Attention (parent's card) is the highlighted tool in this blog post. There is no equivalent teacher's tool card.
After trying out this tool with the children in your life, please share a story of success or struggle, you've had with it. Thank you! The more you apply the Positive Discipline teaching and parenting tools, the more they will become a part of your own lifestyle. Practice makes better!
8-year-old Debbie was excited when she returned home after her Girl Scout meeting. Her mother was starting dinner. Debbie enthusiastically burst into the kitchen waving the latest badges she had received. Her mother asked Debbie to take her excitement into the other room because she needed to focus on dinner. Debbie's shoulders sank, her smiled turned into a frown, as she slowly walked into the other room.
What Debbie's mother could have done instead was to Pay Attention to Debbie's excitement, taking a few minutes to connect with her by looking at the badges. Then, she could ask her set them down in the other room, so they wouldn't get dirty, and come back to tell her all about the meeting and receiving the badges, while her mom cooked dinner (better yet, invite Debbie to help her with dinner so they could connect even more!).
Where can you purchase these tool card decks? The card decks are available at www.positivediscipline.com (Select products, then select tool cards) and there are versions available for iPhone and Android in the App stores on the phones.