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Discipline Without Stress Newsletter – February 2016

Volume 16 Number 2 February 2016
Newsletter #174 Archived


  1. Welcome
  2. Promoting Responsibility
  3. Increasing Effectiveness
  4. Improving Relationships
  5. Promoting Learning
  6. Parenting
  7. Discipline without Stress (DWS)
  8. Reviews and Testimonials 



 “Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”
—Abraham Lincoln


Since this newsletter is being distributed on the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, a few comments about him are worth sharing.

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in the backwoods of Kentucky. Growing up on pioneer farms in Kentucky and Indiana, he received almost no formal education but was self-taught devouring book after book.

He moved to Illinois in 1830 and … >>>


Reducing Anonymity

Imagine you are driving on a highway on a Saturday morning. The road is like a ribbon of concrete ready for you to unfurl—not the usual heavy traffic where you can see only the vehicle in front of you.

Your eyes begin to meander. You appreciate the azure blue sky with an occasional cloud, the verdant landscaping along the road, and the beauty of the day.

You glance in the rear view mirror and realize that someone is tailgating you so closely that you can almost feel the driver’s breath on your back. You look at your speedometer; you are going faster than the speed limit allows.

You move over one lane to allow the car to pass. As the … >>>


A Key to Improving Relationships

In order to significantly improve relationships, focus on UNDERSTANDING the other person, rather than attempting to influence that person. You will find that agreement is often achieved more quickly with this approach.

Rather than assuming you know the reasoning behind another person’s viewpoint, ask for an explanation. Air at clarification—rather than influencing Using this process, the person articulates the reasoning, and you many find that the person’s reasoning is well-worth considering. You may receive an insight about the other person which will assist you in your discussions and understanding of that person.

Having the other person feel and believe that his/her reasoning is recognized—not necessarily agreed with—can have a dramatic influence on changing opinion.s

More ideas on … >>>