Center time ideas you’ll L.O.V.E-Jenny Spencer/Lindy McDaniel

Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive evidence-based self-regulation program that integrates social-emotional learning and discipline.

conscious discipline pyramid

Transformative, brain-based and practical

Seven Skills of Discipline: Provides adults with the seven discipline skills needed to effectively transform any problem into a life lesson.

Conscious Skill
(emerges from powers)
Life / Communication Skills Value
Composure Anger management,
gratification delay
Encouragement Pro-social skills (kindness, caring, helpfulness) Interdependence, optimism, gratitude
Assertiveness Bully prevention,
healthy boundaries
Respect for self
and others
Choices Impulse control,
goal achievement
Empathy Emotional regulation, perspective taking Honoring diversity, honesty
Positive Intent Cooperation,
Compassion, generosity
Consequences Learn from your mistakes Responsibility

Seven Powers for Conscious Adults: Perceptual shift that empowers us to see discipline encounters as an opportunity to teach new skills.

  1. Power of Perception: No one can make you angry without your permission.

Goal: Take responsibility for our own upset and, in turn, teach children to be responsible for their own behavior.

 2. Power of Unity: We are all in this together.

Goal: To perceive compassionately, and offer compassion to others and to ourselves.

3. Power of Attention: What we focus on, we get more of. When we are upset, we are always focused on what we don’t want.

Goal: To create images of expected behavior in a child’s brain.

4. Power of Free Will: The only person you can make change is yourself.

Goal: Learning to connect and guide instead of force and coerce.

5. Power of Acceptance: The moment is as it is.

Goal: To learn to respond to what life offers instead of attempting to make the world go our way.

6.Power of Love: See the best in others.

Goal: Seeing the best in others keeps us in the higher centers of our brain so we can consciously respond instead of unconsciously react to life events.

7. Power of Intention: Mistakes are opportunities to learn.

Goal: To teach a new skill rather than punishing others for lacking skills we think they should possess by now.

Brain State Model: Addresses internal state first, using a neurodevelopmental brain model, so adults and children may learn to self – regulate effectively.

brain model


L ⇒ Language Facilitation

O⇒ Organizing Play

V⇒ Visual Supports

E⇒ Engaging all learners


  • Model your expectation
  • Add pictures
  • Practice a lot

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