A recent parent workshop introduced our community to restorative practice. This is an approach to behaviour management that works with students. Rather than doing things to or for them, it provides a continuum of strategies for resolving conflict and encouraging social-emotional learning. It uses a structured, no-blame approach where students are encouraged to be accountable for their behavior and to take responsibility for their actions by making amends to those affected.
In our parent workshop, our Counselors also focused on different types of positive parenting skills. These key skills included;
- being positive parents who NURTURE relationships by being supportive, warm and encouraging;
- being parents who DISCIPLINE by teaching how to behave, by setting and enforcing boundaries, and by monitoring behavior; and
- being parents who RESPECT by encouraging teens to develop their own opinions and beliefs, model civility and allow privacy.