A First Nation’s Perspective to Promote Responsibility

Dr. Martin Brokenly is a Native American who also promotes self-discipline. He uses high expectation from a Native American or a First Nation’s perspective. Rather than coercive or manipulative approaches, Dr. Brokenleg advocates noncoercive influence: modeling, group influence, discussion, and positive expectations. Rather than a father’s saying, “You have to do this,” instead he would often say something like, “Son, some day when you are a man you will do this.” What a powerful way to encourage, nurture, empower, and establish expectations for responsible behavior! Notice that the approach does not reward, punish, or tell. The adult SHARES in order to prompt reflective thinking. This is one of the key approaches described at Discipline Without Stress.