Discipline from the Inside

A couple things I’ve found out about wanting children to be “disciplined”:

1.  No amount of attempt at building self-esteem that comes from the outside will be effective.  The best you can do is recognize their greatness and encourage it when you see even a glimmer of it.

2.  Neutral, friendly talk, like the skills from How to Talk so Kids will Listen, and Listen so Kids will Talk, by Faber and Mazlish, work best.

3.  Create magical moments and it will have its own discipline.  Like bringing children out of a deep relaxation with a kiss from a soft puppet that they can hug, and then reminding them that “some are still resting, so wake up quietly while we wait for all our friends to be ready”.

4.  Most of all:  train them into their own guidance, which means you have to be there too!!



By | 2016-12-28T21:22:05+00:00 February 28th, 2011|appreciation, autism, awareness, Children's Yoga, meditation, school yoga|1 Comment

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Shakta is an AMS certified Montessori teacher, and the author of five well-known Yoga books, CDs and DVDs. Her latest book, The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to do the Same, is scheduled for release in summer of 2016, (Llewellyn Worldwide)   Visit Shakta's Writing and Poetry Site

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  1. Ann Williams March 1, 2011 at 12:15 am - Reply

    I love these ideas-they ring so true! When working with a large group of students, not all of whom are participating at the same level, I find it to be helpful to gently remind the group to “allow everyone an opportunity to enjoy the yoga experience.” This technique has helped get the group refocused and back on track, but is not critical of any one child. Saying “thank you,” often to children, even with little things like helping to set up the mats, or washing the fruit for snack, is a great way to acknowledge each child and lets them know they are an important person.

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