What we offer

APPS Parent and Child Education

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Are you looking for Positive Discipline Parent and Child Preschool Education?

Almaden Parents Pre School is an official Positive Discipline Lab School where you will find:

  • Developmentally appropriate play based preschool classes for young children
  • Weekly Positive Discipline parent education classes (with yours truly)
  • Experienced Positive Discipline Certified teachers
  • Engagement opportunities for parents and children that encourage belonging and significance
  • Multiple class sessions being offered online during the 2020-21 school year

During the 2020-2021 school year, join us for distance learning no matter where you are in the world.

For more information: WWW.APPSONLINE.ORG



Parenting with Positive Discipline


ONLINE - 4 Class Series

Parenting has always been full of challenges, but now more than ever parents and caregivers need positive skills to be their child's first and best teacher. This 4 class online series (via Zoom) will cover some of the key concepts that will encourage family harmony, cooperation and mutual respect. These interactive live sessions will include a mix of lecture, activities and group discussions that will help participants explore the concepts and practice the tools. The ongoing connection with the group will provide support and encouragement.

Class 1 - Positive Discipline, What Is It And How Can It Help?

Class 2 - Creating Routines and Taking Time for Training

Class 3 - Focusing on Solutions Instead of Punishment or Reward

Class 4 - Tips for Winning Cooperation


For parents of preschool age children (under 6 years old)

Monday and Wednesdays, Noon - 1pm on March 22, 24, 29, 31 OR

Tuesday Evenings, 8:00-9:00pm on April 13, 20, 27, May 4


For parents of school age children (6-12 years old)

Wednesday Evenings, 8:00-9:00pm on March 24, 31, April 7, 14  OR

Monday and Wednesdays, Noon - 1pm on April 19, 21, 26, 28

$45 per person for the 4 class series

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CERTIFICATION - Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way

Become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator

TPFunThis interactive training workshop is designed for parent educators, teachers, therapists, childcare professionals and others who want an effective discipline approach that integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging behaviors in home and school settings 

Workshop participants will:

            • Learn research based, effective tools and techniques for teaching parents how to use discipline that is kind and firm at the same time (non-punitive and non-permissive).
            • Learn how to facilitate a parent class from the position of a non-expert
            • Gain practice with experiential exercises that help parents go beyond intellectual understanding to be able to respond in empowering ways that teach children
            • Learn how to use materials and activities in group settings, parenting classes and individual work with families


 The Positive Discipline Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No. 6723.

13 Continuing Education Credit Hours      



6 - live online sessions

June 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18,  2021 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday over two weeks)

8:30 - 10:45am (Pacific Time)


Early Bird Reigstration: $399 (before May 7, 2021)

Regular Registration: $450

Group Discount: $50 off per person for four (4) or more registering together

Price includes: Positive Discipline book and Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way Manual

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Adult Education Presentations


Would you like to bring a fun and interactive adult education presentation to your school? Presentations can be tailored to the needs of your group:

  • Back to School Encouragement - Tools You Can Use
  • Parenting Preschoolers with Positive Discipline
  • Kind and Firm Parenting and Finding Your Balance
  • Creating Routines that Work
  • Taming the Teen Years
  • Your Personality and How it Affects Theirs

Presentations are 60-90 minutes long and can contain a mix of lecture, small and large group activities. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and scheduling.


Professional Development Training

Professional development training designed for teachers, administrators and school staff, availble online or at your site and tailored to your needs

The Positive Discipline in the Classroom program weaves the teaching of social-emotional skills and character development into the fabric of each and every school day.  Positive Discipline can literally be considered the glue and structure that holds everything together in a school community – academic education, family, community involvement, wellness, etc.  Without strong social and emotional skills and character education, children are not able to self-regulate, process information well and often misbehave when they cannot find their sense of belonging and significance.  For teachers, administrators and staff, until you are able to address the root causes and apply it with the latest research on brain and child development, the pressures of working in education can often weigh you down. Regular professional development is a necessity to deep and lasting positive change in your school's culture and climate. Training that is tailored to your specific needs can empower you with knowledge and skills on:

  • The latest brain research and how you can teach skills for higher level learning and engagement.
  • Understanding the root causes of discouragement that lead to ongoing misbehaviors from some students and how to positively teach skills for improved behavior
  • Understanding your personal teaching style and what that draws forth from others.
  • Learning how to facilitate activities for students and parents so that there is a common language within your school and classroom community.
  • The Teachers Helping Teachers Problem Solving process for further collaboration with co-workers for ongoing support and encouragement.

For years school personnel have looked for effective methods to handle discipline in the classroom. Positive Discipline in the Classroom, the widely-used child guidance model by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, is a process that involves teachers and students in true dialogue and problem-solving on issues that are of real and practical concern to them. The Positive Discipline Association has updated training materials, follow up support and connection to others worldwide who are using these respectful teaching methods.



One on One Coaching Package

Ideal for parents, caregivers and others who are familiar with the basics of Positive Discipline either through a presentation, class or book and would like more specific guidance to implement positive changes to solve challenges. Through the lens of Positive Discipline, challenges and misbehaviors are related to the need for belonging and significance. Once coaching participants better understand how to implement the concepts in real life, they can apply that knowledge to other benefit other relationships and continue to improve their family dynamics independently.

Coaching is done through scheduled video or phone calls and are only done as a 4 session package (4 - 30 min. calls over 4-6 weeks).  Cost is $150 for the package. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.

1. Introductions and identification of challenges and goals

2. Explore beliefs behind the behavior and focus on solutions to try

3. Follow up and refinement of implementation progress

4. Follow up, refinement and encouragement toward continued progress


"We can change our whole life and the attitude of people around us simply by changing ourselves"

-Rudolf Dreikurs

Parenting Teens with Positive Discipline Audio Summit

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Parenting Teens with Positive Discipline Audio Summit

by Joyful Courage with host Casey O'Roarty

Hey Parents! Are you currently raising a teenager? Then check this out – I am thrilled to be a   part of the Parenting Teens with Positive Discipline Audio Summit. 5 days, 15 interviews, and a   lifetime of wisdom. If you are interested in listening to real, honest conversations about the messiness of parenting during this wild time, this is for you.

For more information and to register go to: Joyful Courage