Educated Nannies is so excited to introduce our clients and nannies to our new partnership with Sproutable!  Sproutable provides the tools to help set up your family for success by teaching families and nannies how to discipline in a positive way so that children feel connected and supported to grow and become independent, responsible, resourceful members of their communities. We hope this education will be one more way to provide peace, happiness, and confidence in your home. 

What is Sproutable? 

Sproutable is an educational program created by Julietta Skoog, Alanna Beebe, and Casey O’Roarty to help parents and nannies learn and become certified in the Positive Discipline Method. They have created a very easy-to-follow online course that lays out all the tools and techniques to help navigate these childhood challenges for the children in your life. 

Who created Positive Discipline? 

Positive Discipline is a parenting and discipline style developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen.  This approach is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. This method is researched and based on both psychology and child development expertise.

What is Positive Discipline? 

Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.  It is based on Adlerian Theory that focuses on connection before correction that is both connected and firm at the same time for each particular situation.  Positive Discipline Theory believes there are no bad children; only good and bad behavior.  The main idea is to build mutual respect, effective communication and problem solving skills and focus on solutions rather than punishment.       

There are five main criteria to learn in Positive Discipline:

  1.  Disciplining Kind and Firm at the same time.  Being kind is respectful to the child, while being firm is respectful to the needs of the situation.   An example of this is to say to a child, “I hear that you want ice cream and we still need to have dinner first.  Would you like to have grilled chicken or pasta first?  You decide.”   
  2. Creating Feelings of Belonging and Significance.  Belonging means that I matter, I can contribute.  Belonging means that I am connected to others.  Through feelings of belonging and significance, children develop a sense that they are capable and have personal power and can contribute to society.  Some ideas of this include having chores or teaching and allowing a child to dress themselves.  
  3. Using Positive Discipline tools that work long term, rather than punishment that is a short term fix.  This is helping find solutions for misbehavior and empowering children with knowledge and practice.  
  4. Teaching valuable social and life skills to create good character.   Positive Discipline will help teach problem solving, self soothing, thinking, listening and communication skills.  
  5. Focus on encouragement rather than praise.  Encouragement means that you are connected as a parent and value their effort.  Praise has implied judgment of doing something well by your standards.  Positive Discipline teaches children to find intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic motivation.  An example of teaching encouragement and intrinsic motivation is to tell a child “I have faith in you.  Keep trying.  You’ll get there.”  While praise is extrinsic motivation stating, “You are the best artist.”

While there are a variety of disciplining methods to choose, Sproutable does an amazing job of teaching the Positive Discipline method through education and real life practical videos that are bite sized to go through at your own pace, allowing users to gain understanding quickly and easily so parents and nannies can put the tools into practice right away.  Sproutable also offers support with all of their programs to ask ongoing questions and support with any nanny or parenting situations you may need help with.