Red Light - Green Light: Navigating Punitive Discipline at School

How would you react if your child came home with a happy-face-behavior chart filled with red and yellow faces instead of green?

Or if your child's good-behavior barometer (
a movable clothes pin) was constantly hovering in the yellow/red zone.

"You've got to try harder."
"You need to listen."
"Why can't you sit still?"

Have you ever considered the messages behavior management techniques, such as stoplight charts, send?
I didn't want my daughter equating her ability, worthiness or self-esteem based on someone else's interpretation of her  behavior.

Sure, I want her to be accountable and self-aware. I didn't want her anxious and confused and I know these tools teachers use to control behavior fail to deliver effective feedback on how children can manage their behavior. 

In this TEACHable Moments video, I share my twist on the old behavioral modification perspective and ideas for helping your child make sense of their school environment.

What are your experiences with school discipline? Have your kids coped well or have they been labeled and judged for their behavior challenges?

Telling our stories is how we can motivate ourselves to create change. Share your story in the comments below! 


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