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Why Children Misbehave and
How to Encourage Behavior Change

With Dr. Jane Nelsen and Jeff Goelitz

Recent research shows children typically are "hardwired" at birth for connecting with people, and they feel a sense of connection with their communities, families and schools they’re less likely to misbehave.

Dr. Jane Nelsen, author or co-author of the titles in the bestselling Positive Discipline series, is a proven expert in the field. Nelsen explains that the Positive Discipline Program is based on the understanding that "discipline must be taught" and "discipline teaches." It is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.

Now Nelsen will share her knowledge and experience in Why Children Misbehave and How to Encourage Behavior Change, a webinar sponsored by the Institute of HeartMath (IHM). Among the topics she will discuss are the five criteria of Effective Discipline That Teaches:

  • Is it kind and firm simultaneously?
  • Does it help children feel a sense of belonging and significance?
  • Is it effective in the long-term?
  • Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character?
  • Does it invite children to discover how capable they are and to use their personal power in constructive ways?

Join Nelsen as she teams up with IHM Education Specialist and Program Developer Jeff Goelitz, who will host this special presentation. He will discuss the HeartMath System of tools, techniques and programs.

Parents, educators, mental health specialists and others will receive valuable tools, ideas and strategies, honed from Nelsen’s many years researching "spoiled children, bullying, school violence, power struggles, lack of cooperation, backtalk and disrespect."


Webinar topics:

  • Connect before you correct.
  • Avoid the dangers of praise.
  • Build on a child’s strengths, not weaknesses.
  • Hold children accountable, but let them maintain self-respect.
  • Teach how, not what to think.
  • Balance children’s use of digital devices.
Jane Nelson

Dr. Jane Nelsen is a licensed marriage, family and child counselor in South Jordan, Utah and San Clemente, Calif. Nelsen also is a licensed marriage family and child therapist. She is author or co-author of the Positive Discipline series, including Positive Discipline; Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World; Positive Discipline A-Z; Positive Discipline the First Three Years; Positive Discipline for Preschoolers; Positive Discipline for Teenagers; Positive Discipline for Single Parent; Positive Discipline in the Classroom; Positive Discipline: A Teacher’s A-Z Guide; Positive Time Out and Over 50 Ways to Avoid Power Struggles in Homes and Classrooms.

Jeff Goelitz

Jeff Goelitz is an IHM education specialist, program developer and senior trainer. He has authored numerous publications, including most recently, Heart to Heart: Connecting With Your Child. Goelitz has spent many years in education and developing successful tools and strategies for improving children’s behavior and performance at home and school. He helped create HeartMath programs for teachers and schools, including the TestEdge® classroom programs, Early HeartSmarts® and HeartSmarts® programs for home and classroom and the Wild Ride to the Heart® family board game.

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