Effective Discipline Programme
Northern Frontiers offers a four-session educational counselling programme for parents and care-providers. Our
Senior Counsellor and Parenting Consultant, Melinda Bailey, believes the foundation of effective parenting is
Trust and Respect. Melinda takes a practical, protective approach to discipline – one which involves asking
questions about techniques used in the home and actively counselling parents and care-providers about the
purpose of discipline, whilst discouraging all forms of physical punishment and emotional abuse.

Programme Outline

Intake and Assessment

• Family details including age and developmental stage of each child.
• What is the parent’s understanding of and attitude towards discipline?
• Parenting style
• What types of discipline are used by the parent?
• Difficulties arising from disciplinary action used by the parent?
• Is the parent experiencing any life stressors and if so, how are they managed?

Defining Discipline:

‘A process whereby parents/care-providers impart knowledge and provide behavioural guidance by setting limits and imposing consequences – thereby instilling the foundation for self-control by the child. Often confused with punishment and control by the parent/care-provider’.

Characteristics of Effective Discipline

  • Carried out by an adult who has a close bond with the child
  • Age and developmentally-appropriate
  • Timely – carried out at the time of the act requiring change
  • Understood and considered fair by the child
  • Enhancing – conducive to self-discipline by the child

Reasonable Rules and Realistic Consequences

• Knowledge of age-appropriate behaviours and developmental needs
• Make age-appropriate statements of achievable behaviours
• Frequent positive reinforcement of desired behaviours
• Make allowances for individuality and temperament
• Mean what you say – enforce consequences
• Be consistent and avoid arguing with the child
• Importance of being a good role model
• Prioritise rules – Safety first (the child’s/parent’s/other people and animals/property)

Types of Discipline

• TIME OUT and TIME IN
• Reasoning – anticipate and prevent undesirable behaviour
• Physical punishment – associated with negative child outcomes – parents to take time out
before returning to discipline the child using non-violent means
• Tailored Discipline – Infants and Toddlers – Toddlers to School Age – Adolescents
• Review

* Sessions last for 60 minutes and cost $110 per session. 10% discount applies when paying for all 4 sessions at once prior to programme commencement.

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Location

75 Digger St, Cairns North QLD 4870

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Opening Hours

Mon-Fri  - 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday - (Closed)

Sunday - From 8:30 am