Amanda Engelbach on Parents As Partners – Positive Discipline at Home

Amanda Engelbach shares how positive discipline tools build children's listening, resilience and compassion. We discuss common behaviour struggles parents/teachers face, the life skills we want for kids long-term and practical solutions like using curiosity questions versus directives to elicit cooperation. The key is emotional connection first when issues occur.
· January 26, 2024

Amanda Engelbach is a Montessori Educator, a former Editor of Montessori International Magazine, a Certified PositiveDiscipline Parent Educator and has also launched a mentorship program called Chaos-to-Calm.

She is passionate about supporting parents with children in the Early Years to overcome everyday behaviour challenges and teach social and emotional skills to raise confident and resilient children, using Positive Discipline. Positive Discipline is based on Adlerian Psychology, specifically on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolph Dreikurs and pioneered by Dr Jane Nelsen who developed the model with have today. It is used in schools, homes, and workplaces across approximately 90 countries.

In this session, Amanda discusses supporting children’s social-emotional development. She shares some great insights on:

  • The common challenges parents and Early Years settings face with children’s behaviour, like lack of listening, self-regulation issues, sibling conflict. Amanda notes these are often due to missing skills.
  • The life skills we want children to develop by age 25, which centres on problem-solving, critical thinking, resilience and compassion. Positive discipline helps bridge current struggles to nurturing these traits.
  • How positive discipline tools build connection through respectful communication versus commanding. This elicits cooperation and teaches social-emotional intelligence. Examples are using curiosity questions instead of directives.
  • Aligning positive discipline with Montessori philosophy, as both stress dignity and capability in children. Positive discipline offers more classroom management tools to put this into practice.
  • Amanda’s chaos to calm programme that mentors parents to overcome disruptive behaviours and foster confidence in children via positive discipline.
  • The vital tip of connecting emotionally first when children are upset, before correcting behaviour. This enables learning and self-regulation.

Focused on real solutions for adults and children, this session shows how positive discipline creates calm and nurtures life skills. Amanda offers a free workshop for viewers to experience the tools firsthand.


Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom by Jane Nelsen and Chip DeLorenzo:

More general information about Alderian theory:


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