A colleague of mine has this quote as part of her email signature: “As we become more conscious of our reactions to conflict, we can choose a different response.” ~ Dr. Becky Bailey
My response to this quote: I do not like the word ‘conflict’. It immediately manifests a situation into a problem. If we substitute the word ‘provocation’, we have a force that can push us all forward to a better place, a new situation. I often wonder why we spend so much time fixing what is wrong instead of moving on to a better place.
This is why I am not a big fan of Conscious Discipline. When it first started, it seemed like a great solution, but now I think we are at a different point in our journey in working with children. It is now time to think about what children are feeling and thinking about, rather than develop our skills in controlling them or guiding them. If we don’t stop to truly see the child in front of us, how can we really guide them?