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Discipline Without Stress Newsletter – April 2016

Volume 16 Number 4 April 2016
Newsletter #177 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 



“When the only tool you have is a hammer, it is tempting to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
—Abraham Maslow

Where there is no participation by the one being disciplined, ownership will be lacking. When there is no ownership, there will be no lasting change.
—Marvin Marshall


The Discipline Without Stress eLearning program has been updated with a number of free short modules to view.

The charity for USA schools has also been updated:


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Lyrics “Plant a Radish” for Parents

Jim Cathcart’s book, The Acorn Principle, argues that an acorn is capable of becoming a mighty oak, but it will never become a giant redwood—no matter how much you feed or push it. 

The lyrics to “Plant a Radish” from the musical The Fantastics makes the same point:


Plant a radish; get a radish.
Never any doubt!
That’s why I love vegetables;
you know what they’re about.

Plant a turnip; get a turnip.
Maybe you’ll get two.
That’s why I love vegetables;
you know that they’ll come through.

They’re dependable! They’re “befriendable”!
They’re the best pal a parent’s ever known.
While with children, it’s bewildering.
You don’t know until the seed is nearly grown
Just what you’ve sown.

So… >>>


“Never Say No” Lyrics for Parents

During my seminars I show a cartoon illustrating two young children raking leaves. The mother is saying to her neighbor that she told her children they could not rake the leaves. The humorous cartoon points out that if you tell kids not to do something, they want to do it.

I recently saw a stage production of the musical The Fantastics. One of the songs had the following lyrics, which makes the same point:


Dogs got to bark, a mule’s got to bray.
Soldiers must fight and preachers must pray
And children, I guess, must get their own way
The minute that you say no.

Why did the kids pour jam on the cat?
Raspberry jam all over … >>>