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Positive Discipline Tool Card: Special Time

Updated: May 4, 2023

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. Special Time is the highlighted tool in this blog post.

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!



Story -

Students are one of many in a classroom, so it's easy to get lost in the crowd and not feel noticed.

4th-grade teacher, Mr. Smith, wanted his students to all feel they were a necessary part of the classroom community. He decided to get students' input, one at a time, on what was helpful and encouraging to them and their opinion on what would be helpful to others in order to have an environment of encouragement in their classroom.

Mr. Smith used this "Special Time" to learn more about his students and to help them learn more about themselves, too.


Story -

Special Time may sound easy to do, but in our busy lives, we may take for granted that it may not happen unless we plan for it.

When my daughter was in 5th grade, I was so busy with my business and helping in schools, that I forgot to take Special Time, outside of our car rides and getting ready for school and bedtime, to connect doing something she wanted to do. I was lucky to be teaching Positive Discipline classes, at the time, and was able to be reminded of this. I brainstormed activities with her that we could do at home together. We ended up playing an online game she was into at the time.

I admit, initially I didn't like playing the game. As she explained why she liked it so much, I came to have a new appreciation for the game. I can see how that game helped my daughter's thinking and planning processes. That game also helped us connect more. The name of the game: Minecraft. My daughter is now 20 and is exploring many real worlds, through travel, and is doing a lot of thinking and planning.


Where can you purchase these tool card decks? The card decks are available at (Select products, then select tool cards) and there are versions available for iPhone and Android in the App stores on the phones.

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