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Listen in to this monthly podcast from Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline experts Latoria Marcellus and Amy Speidel connect with educators, parents and community leaders in diverse conversations that delve into the challenges and triumphs of social-emotional education in today’s world.

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Listen in to this monthly podcast from Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline experts Latoria Marcellus and Amy Speidel connect with educators, parents and community leaders in diverse conversations that delve into the challenges and triumphs of social-emotional education in today’s world.

    Potty Mastery: A Developmentally Sound Approach to Toileting

    Potty Mastery: A Developmentally Sound Approach to Toileting

    If you’re familiar with Conscious Discipline, you know that transformational change begins with an adult mindset shift. In today’s episode, special guest Joan Morgernstern explains why toileting is no different. An educator, parent coach, and author, Joan has developed a kinder and more effective approach to “potty mastery.”

    Tune in to hear how to shift your mindset and language around toileting so you can empower children to learn this new skill. And if you want to learn more about potty mastery, stay tuned for Joan’s upcoming book with Conscious Discipline.

    Essential Takeaways
    • Adults must shift their mindset around toileting and view it as supporting children’s skill development, the same way we support them in reaching other milestones. We need to let go of the stress and pressure around toileting and remember that our children will eventually master this skill too.
    • Growing up is a stressor for many young children. Instead of telling children they’re “a big kid now,” Joan encourages parents to tell children, “You have a new important job. You’re a body boss now.”
    • The two key skills of potty mastery are 1) Listening to your body and 2) Taking care of your body. Before toileting, normalize the way kids are already using these skills (e.g., listening to their bodies when they’re hungry or thirsty and taking care of their bodies by bathing, washing their hands, and going to sleep).
    • Celebrate missteps as an essential part of the learning process. Through every other milestone, children’s missteps were celebrated. When they took their first step and immediately fell, for example, the adults in the room cheered. When toileting comes around and missteps are not celebrated or even neutralized, the shift is abrupt and scary to children.
    • Often, toilet training can be children’s first experience with shame, leading to issues with performance anxiety. When we take a kinder, more empowering approach, we teach children that they have a support system behind them when they encounter challenges. And if it takes a bit longer to overcome a challenge, it’s okay, because they’re moving in the right direction.

    Important Links
    • JoanMorgenstern.com (https://www.joanmorgenstern.com/)
    • Joan Morgernstern on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/joan.morgenstern)
    • Joan Morgenstern on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/joan.morgenstern/)
    • Conscious Discipline Events (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)

    Product Mentions
    • Handling Upset: The Adult-First Mindset Shift (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/handling-upset-the-adult-first-mindset-shift/)
    • The Feeling Is Bright: Self-Regulation Through Rhythm and Rhyme (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-feeling-is-bright-site-license/)
    • Conscious Discipline Book (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-new-conscious-discipline-book-expanded-updated/)
    • S.T.A.R. Breathing Tool (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/s-t-a-r-breathing-tool/)
    Show Outline
    • 0:00 Introduction
    • 2:18 Introduction of guest Joan Morgernstern
    • 3:27 What does it mean to be a parent coach?
    • 5:30 What challenges are parents experiencing right now?
    • 7:59 Joan’s expertise in toileting
    • 12:30 Shifting language from “potty training” to “potty mastery”
    • 16:26 Common misinformation about toileting
    • 23:14 Two parts of potty mastery
    • 33:01 Quick toileting tips for caregivers
    • 40:03 Trust the process
    • 43:30 Celebrate missteps
    • 46:07 How children’s experiences with toileting affect other areas of life.
    • 54:14 Recap and discussion
    • 58:43 Question from a listener: What do you do when your child is experiencing big feelings and doesn’t want help?
    • 1:01:07 What’s Conscious Discipline celebrating?
    • 1:02:41 Wish Wells

    THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    It Takes a Village: Transforming Communities with Conscious Discipline

    It Takes a Village: Transforming Communities with Conscious Discipline

    Award-winning principal and Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Tanyelle Hannah has seen the transformational power of Conscious Discipline firsthand at Benjamin E. Mays Academy in Chicago. Since implementing Conscious Discipline, her school has experienced improved relationships, behavior, attendance, academic achievement, parent involvement, and beyond.

    In this episode, Tanyelle shares inspiring stories and actionable advice with hosts Latoria Marcellus and Amy Speidel. You’ll hear about her distributed leadership model, tips for starting and sustaining implementation, and inclusive efforts to engage and involve families.

    She also shares the importance of giving yourself grace, showing up as an authentic “real person” to build relationships, and helping each educator identify their personal “why.”

    Essential Takeaways
    • Tanyelle’s school uses intentional language: “scholars” instead of “students” and “villagers” instead of “mom and dad,” a family structure that doesn’t apply to every scholar.
    • To sustain motivation through challenges, educators at Benjamin E. Mays celebrate every small step in the journey and focus on their personal “why.”
    • Tanyelle implements a distributed leadership model, giving educators opportunities to lead in spaces where they thrive and have interest. Her philosophy is, “I can teach pedagogy, but I can’t teach passion. If [an educator] has passion for something, then we can work on the leadership portion.”
    • Benjamin E. Mays started Conscious Discipline with a book study, attended by a “coalition of the willing.” After others saw what Conscious Discipline did in their colleagues’ classrooms, they started the next school year with significant authentic buy-in.
    • For administrators interested in Conscious Discipline, Tanyelle recommends focusing on building relationships and choosing a few pieces to implement with fidelity. As the transformation becomes apparent and authentic buy-in increases, add additional pieces over time.

    Important Links
    • Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Tanyelle Hannah (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/instructors/tanyelle-hannah/)
    • Conscious Discipline Events (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Podcast: Conscious Leadership (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/podcasts/podcast-episode032/)
    • Podcast: Servant Leadership and Transformational Leadership with Conscious Discipline (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/podcasts/podcast-episode043/)

    Product Mentions
    • Conscious Discipline Book (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-new-conscious-discipline-book-expanded-updated/)
    • Self-Regulation Value Pack (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/self-regulation-value-pack/)
    • S.T.A.R. Breathing Tool (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/s-t-a-r-breathing-tool/)

    Show Outline
    • 0:00 Introduction
    • 2:26 Introduction of guest Tanyelle Hannah
    • 3:33 Tanyelle’s school and introduction to Conscious Discipline
    • 6:29 Using intentional language
    • 8:24 Being a Game Changer
    • 10:55 Finding motivation to continue working toward your mission
    • 14:17 Distributed leadership model
    • 17:59 Sustaining focus on your “why”
    • 20:20 Tips for other administrators on getting started
    • 25:20 Tanyelle’s experience as a Certified Instructor
    • 27:43 Examples of transformation
    • 35:35 Conscious Discipline for older kids
    • 37:47 Impact on the community
    • 42:56 Recap and discussion
    • 47:14 Question from a listener: How do I get more family participation
    and trust when it comes to my use of Conscious Discipline in the classroom?
    • 54:01 What’s Conscious Discipline celebrating?
    • 56:08 Wish Wells

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    • 57 min
    Practicing Conscious Discipline as a Family

    Practicing Conscious Discipline as a Family

    Conscious Discipline isn’t only transformational in schools; it’s also transformational within homes and families. Families who practice Conscious Discipline experience stronger bonds, calmer conflict resolution and more.
    To learn more about practicing Conscious Discipline as a family, join Dr. Becky Bailey in conversation with mother-daughter duo Nicole and Ally. They share how family life and family relationships have changed, along with their top Conscious Discipline tips for both adults and children.
    Essential Takeaways
    • Implementing Conscious Discipline can lead to a shift for the entire family. Family bonds are strengthened, and conflicts are navigated calmly. Valuable skills like self-regulation and problem-solving become ingrained in children; they don’t disappear when an adult isn’t looking.
    • For both children and adults, deep breathing is an essential first step in practicing Conscious Discipline. Practice S.T.A.R, Drain, Pretzel and Balloon, or even invent your own breathing techniques.
    • Offering two positive choices is another powerful tool. For example, instead of saying, “Come with me or I’m leaving you,” say, “Come with me by hopping, or come with me by holding my hand.”
    • Shift from trying to change others to recognizing that you can only change yourself. Ask yourself, “How can I help my child be successful?”
    • Conscious Discipline is an ongoing journey and a consistent practice. Give yourself grace when you OOPS. When the family learns Conscious Discipline as a unit, you can help one another return to the path.
    Important Links
    • Conscious Discipline Events (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Shubert’s Home (https://consciousdiscipline.com/free-resources/shuberts-home/)
    • Podcast Episode 012: Parenting with Conscious Discipline (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/podcasts/podcast-episode012/)
    • Webinar: Tools for Your Parenting Toolbox (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/webinars/tools-for-your-parenting-tool-box/)
    • Safe Place Breathing Icons (https://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/safe-place-breathing-icons/)
    Product Mentions
    • I Love You Rituals Value Pack (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/i-love-you-rituals-digital-value-pack/)
    • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/easy-to-love-difficult-to-discipline/)
    • Feeling Buddies for Families Toolkit (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/home-edition-feeling-buddies-for-families-toolkit-digital/)
    • Powers of Resilience: SEL for Adults Online Course (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/powers-of-resilience-sel-for-adults/)
    Show Outline
    • :00 Introduction
    • 1:54 Dr. Becky Bailey in conversation with special guests Nicole and Ally
    • 3:50 The Conscious Discipline difference from Ally’s perspective
    • 6:06 Conscious Discipline for the whole family
    • 7:52 How Ally and Nicole use Conscious Discipline together
    • 9:57 How Ally uses Conscious Discipline to help her peers
    • 12:35 Managing guilt
    • 13:56 How family relationships changed
    • 15:57 Top three Conscious Discipline tips for parents
    • 18:07 Top three Conscious Discipline tips for kids
    • 19:55 Allowing yourself to OOPS
    • 21:34 Recap and conclusion with Latoria
    • 22:20 What’s new with Conscious Discipline?
    • 23:12 What’s Conscious Discipline celebrating?

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    • 24 min
    Feeling Your Feelings: Conscious Discipline in a Specials Classroom

    Feeling Your Feelings: Conscious Discipline in a Specials Classroom

    *Trigger warning: This episode contains content concerning cancer, loss and grief.*
    Specials teachers, like those in art, and physical education, often see every student in the school, but only for a short time. The question often arises, “Can these teachers use Conscious Discipline effectively?” The answer is unequivocally yes, as demonstrated by this month’s guest Rachel Frasier.
    Rachel is a dance specialist at an elementary school. She utilizes Conscious Discipline extensively in her program where students conduct classroom management tasks independently and carry the self-regulation skills they learn into other classrooms that may not be practicing Conscious Discipline. This is a common experience for specials teachers using Conscious Discipline; what sets Rachel’s story apart is the way the School Family she cultivated was able to help her during her husband’s chemotherapy treatments and eventually in mourning his death.
    Learn more about Conscious Discipline in specials classrooms, managing the process of grieving within a School Family and how the resilience skills that are central to Conscious Discipline play out in real life in this touching episode.

    Essential Takeaways
    • Specials teachers impact every student in the school. The skills and strategies students learn in specials transfer to other classrooms.
    • Conscious Discipline looks similar in the specials classroom as it does elsewhere in the school, with elements like a Brain Smart Start and a meaningful job for every student.
    • Through the practice of Conscious Discipline, children learn how to recognize, accept, discuss, and empathize with big feelings. With these resiliency skills as a foundation, children are better able to manage their feelings and the challenges that accompany loss and grief. They are also better able to empathize with others who are experiencing difficult times.
    • Even with an extensive skillset, there are times when it is important to seek help. Adults instill this value in children by serving as Safekeepers in the classroom, by asking for and being willing to receive help themselves, and by framing problem behaviors as a call for help.

    Important Links
    • How to Be a Safekeeper: Emotional Safety for Adults (https://consciousdiscipline.com/how-to-be-a-safekeeper-emotional-safety-for-adults/)

    Product Mentions
    • Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/easy-to-love-difficult-to-discipline/
    • Managing Emotional Mayhem https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/managing-emotional-mayhem/
    • Elevate Conscious Discipline conference https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/event/elevate-social-emotional-learning-conference-22/

    Show Outline
    • 0:00 Introduction
    • 0:35 What is Conscious Discipline
    • 1:00 Moving from coercion to community
    • 3:35 Introducing Rachel Frasier
    • 5:30 Building a School Family with a lot of students and not a lot of time
    • 7:35 Meaningful jobs for students keeps Rachel on track and handles classroom management
    • 8:45 Moving between regular classrooms and a Conscious Discipline classroom
    • 9:17 Story about how a second grader working on self-regulation helps others
    • 10:10 Academic crossover
    • 13:40 The School Family and virtual learning
    • 15:50 Rachel’s personal story; leaning on Conscious Discipline during grief and loss
    • 19:00 When there’s a substitute teacher
    • 22:48 Being around children during personal tragedy
    • 25:45 Working through grief and knowing when to seek professional help
    • 31:47 Takeaways “…they’re not afraid of feeling their feelings”
    • 33:01 Advice for teachers just starting out
    • 38:55 Q&A: How can a parent get started with Conscious Discipline
    • 43:21 Conscious Discipline is celebrating

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    • 46 min
    Oh, Shift: Shifting your Mindset with Conscious Discipline

    Oh, Shift: Shifting your Mindset with Conscious Discipline

    Conscious Discipline takes an adult-first approach to social and emotional learning. “Adult-first” means that we must shift our mindsets and upgrade our skill sets before we can effectively coach and model SEL for children. We create healthy mental models for the next generation by examining our own mental models now.

    Of course, making a shift away from lifelong thought patterns and behaviors is challenging. It requires willingness, conscious reflection, creativity, and the ability to give ourselves grace along the way.

    In this episode, hosts Latoria and Amy discuss making this mindset shift with Kenedria Thurman, a Conscious Discipline practitioner and the director at Florida A&M (FAMU)’s Educational Research Center for Children. Listen in as Kenedria shares her own personal journey with Conscious Discipline, as well as her experience introducing CD to staff and families. Kenedria also talks about implementing CD with children at home, and why it’s essential to let yourself “OOPS.”

    Essential Takeaways
    • Making a mindset shift and doing things differently than the way you’ve always done them is not easy, and you will sometimes “OOPS” (make mistakes). Be gracious to yourself and embrace mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow. As Kenedria says, “You might not have it today, but you’ll have it a little bit more tomorrow.”
    • Openly admitting to your “OOPS” moments benefits the people around you as well. For example, children can not only learn from your mistakes, but also from the way you respond.
    • Modeling is the most powerful way to share Conscious Discipline with others. When people see the positive impact of Conscious Discipline in action, they become willing to learn more. Families at Kenedria’s school began requesting resources, workshops, and training.
    • It’s also important not to judge others who are simply using the skills they have. When people feel judged, they are not open to considering a new perspective.

    Important Links
    • Conscious Discipline Events (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Podcast: Coaching Skeptical and Willing Teachers in Conscious Discipline Implementation (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/podcasts/podcast-episode030/)
    • Podcast: Creative Strategies to Inspire Hesitant Teachers (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/podcasts/podcast-episode073/)
    • Free Resource: Phrase Comparison (https://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/phrase-comparison/)
    • How to Be a Safekeeper: Emotional Safety for Adults (https://consciousdiscipline.com/how-to-be-a-safekeeper-emotional-safety-for-adults/)

    Product Mentions
    • I Love You Rituals Value Pack (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/i-love-you-rituals-digital-value-pack/)
    • Powers of Resilience: SEL for Adults Online Course (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/powers-of-resilience-sel-for-adults/)
    • Conscious Discipline Book (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-new-conscious-discipline-book-expanded-updated/)

    Show Outline
    • :00 Introduction
    • 2:40 Introduction of guest Kenedria Thurman
    • 6:31 Kenedria’s experiences implementing Conscious Discipline
    • 9:14 Shifting from old to new with staff
    • 12:18 Coaching families in Conscious Discipline
    • 14:31 Responding to resistance from families
    • 17:36 Practicing Conscious Discipline at home
    • 28:27 Talking to your own family members about Conscious Discipline
    • 35:22 “Power of the OOPS”
    • 39:12 Recap and discussion
    • 42:33: Question from a listener
    • 44:34 More about I Love You Rituals
    • 46:33 What’s Conscious Discipline celebrating?
    • 47:26 Wish Wells

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    • 49 min
    Play and Connection from Age 4 to 104

    Play and Connection from Age 4 to 104

    In this episode, 2020 National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy joins new hosts Latoria and Amy for their Real Talk for Real Teachers debut. Tabatha is a Conscious Discipline practitioner and the first early childhood educator to be named National Teacher of the Year.
    Listen in as Tabatha discusses her joyful experience developing a preschool inside a nursing home in Winfield, Kansas, where resident “grandmas” and “grandpas” volunteered in her classroom. She also shares her brilliance on topics including intergenerational connection, coaching children through loss, the importance of play for all ages, and how to build positive partnerships with families.
    Essential Takeaways
    • Through the practice of Conscious Discipline, children learn how to recognize, accept and discuss big feelings. With these foundational skills, they are better equipped to manage the big feelings that accompany loss.
    • Play helps cement learning in children’s brains. When we incorporate play with lessons on reading, math, science or social-emotional learning, children remember what they’ve learned.
    • Play is important for people of all ages. It decreases worry and stress, allows us to build relationships with others, and helps us think creatively to find new solutions to big problems. Play doesn’t have to be childish. It can be simple, playful moments or laughing with a friend.
    • Schools should be hubs for community and building relationships and connections with one another. They need to be places of trust and involvement.
    • It’s essential to establish positive partnerships with parents so you can work together to support the child. Make frequent positive contact to show that you see and value their child. These small deposits into the relationship build trust and make it easier to have hard conversations when necessary.

    Important Links
    • Conscious Discipline Events (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Five Steps to Self-Regulation Icons (https://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/five-steps-to-self-regulation-icons/)
    • Tabatha Rosproy 2021 Keynote at Elevate SEL (https://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/elevate-keynote-be-the-teacher-we-all-want-to-be/)
    Product Mentions
    • Baby Doll Circle Time Value Pack (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/baby-doll-circle-time-value-pack/)
    • I Love You Rituals Value Pack (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/i-love-you-rituals-digital-value-pack/)
    • Feeling Buddies Self-Regulation Deluxe Toolkit (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/classroom-edition-feeling-buddies-self-regulation-deluxe-toolkit-english-only-digital/)
    • Conscious Discipline Book (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-new-conscious-discipline-book-expanded-updated/)

    Show Outline
    • :00 Introduction
    • 1:13 Introduction of guest Tabatha Rosproy
    • 3:50 Preschool inside a nursing home and intergenerational connections
    • 7:36 Helping children manage loss
    • 18:33 Importance of play for all ages
    • 27:26 Educational practices Tabatha advocates for
    • 30:01 Building connections with families
    • 34:08 Being curious instead of judgmental
    • 39:22 Recap and discussion
    • 43:26 Question from a listener
    • 48:15 What’s new with Conscious Discipline?
    • 49:53 Wish Wells


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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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186 Ratings

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One of the best podcasts I’ve subscribed to! Dr. Bailey and the CD team always inspire me to reflect and grow as a primary teacher.

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Wishing You Well

I absolutely love this podcast...it helps me to center myself and a great refresher! I love the ideas shared and that I always feel amazing after listening. I only wish there were a million more episodes!

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