Children-Runaway Prevention

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November is National Runaway Prevention Month. No one wants to hear of children running away from home and it’s an incredibly complex issue. Some teens run because they are being […]

Domestic Violence and Choice Theory

Domestic Violence – violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. Are you being hurt by someone who’s supposed to love […]

Discipline, Consequences, and Punishment

Punishment and discipline are often used interchangeably, yet their meanings couldn’t be more different. The Latin root of punishment means “to inflict pain,” while the Latin root of discipline means […]

Helping Children Tell the Truth

Even the most well-behaved children tend to lie. Sometimes the lies are about things that don’t really matter, but it can be frustrating when your child continues to lie in […]

Changing Corporate Culture from Coercion to Cooperation

The management style of the industrial age no longer suits the informational age. The bureaucratic, top down, authoritarian style is not effective with today’s workers. People are no longer motivated by rewards or fear of punishment as much as by being connected to the bigger purpose, having need-satisfying work, and exercising their independence and creativity.

September’s InsideOut Empowerment Challenge

This month’s InsideOut Empowerment Challenge is about looking beyond behavior to its purpose. All behavior is purposeful. Every behavior is a person’s best attempt to get something they want at that particular time to more effectively meet one of their five basic needs.

What Do You Really Want?

InsideOut Empowerment Principle #5: When you find yourself unhappy about the conditions of your life, you should first clarify specifically what you want rather than focusing on what you want to avoid. So often, we can articulate what we don’t want but when asked to specify what we do want, we don’t know how. This is a little like making a list for the store of what you don’t need, going shopping, and expecting to come home with everything you want. It will never work.

School Question & Answer

Q: From a school principal using the principles of InsideOut Empowerment:

Here is the dilemma: A second-grade teacher and I have been attempting to help a second grader improve his behavior in school. He does fairly well in the classroom with the teacher nearby, but when he’s in more unstructured situations (cafeteria, bus, playground, etc.) he makes terrible choices over and over. (He is always watching to see if he can “get away with something.”)

Discipline vs. Punishment – Part I

Do you know the difference between discipline and punishment with their Latin roots? Punishment implies “inflicting pain,” while discipline means “to teach.” Parents who use punishment are missing important opportunities […]