On Wednesday, December 10, Sabrina Zhang and Parker Xia, both certified Positive Discipline teaching parenting educators, gave a presentation on Positive Discipline, a program designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. The UES theater was fully packed as it was the last session of BIBS Speaker Series in 2014. Zhang and Xia showed the audience a long-term effective and more constructive way to educate children in daily life by comparing and evaluating multiple common approaches with most of the presentation carried out in an interactive way using role-play, group discussion and Q&As.
After giving a brief introduction, the presenters started to interact with the audience, mixing talk and lighthearted banter dynamically. The audience participated actively in every section, discussing some practical daily issues. Most parents found the strategies acquired very helpful. An anonymous parent expressed her satisfaction by saying: “What I learned today is not only a teaching method, but is also a set of beneficial social and life skills that are useful to both children and parents. I feel I know how to better communicate with my daughter in the future.”
Yufei Chen, Guidance Counselor and Head of Learning Support at the Upper East Side Campus, encourages parents to try such strategies in their own ways persistently. She adds:
- As adults, we learn things fast cognitively. So you probably understood everything the speakers talked about. Unfortunately, it also takes time for adults to apply skills correctly, just like it takes time for your child to behave differently. This means you should allow yourself time before you will be able to apply the strategies consistently and properly. Other parents and the school staff will support you and help you to ‘debug’. You are more than welcome to attend the new reading club organized by the PTA.
- There are actually many factors affecting children’s performance. When your child does not respond in the expected ways, please explore what other factors may be contributing to the difficulties they are having. Common issues involve but are not limited to: developmental stage, eyesight and hearing, attention span, memory, time-management skills, self-discipline skills, frustration tolerance level, coping skills, etc. If you need help to uncover the cause of the child’s struggle, please contact Learning Support staff for help.
For more information on the BIBS Speaker Series and for past and future speakers, visit: www.bibs.com.cn/BSS.