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Digital Seminar

What Parents Really Want: Cooperation without Punishment

Laura Markham, Ph.D.
1 Hour 56 Minutes
Mar 24, 2018
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Clients challenged by their children often resort to old-fashioned reward and threat strategies like timeouts, sticker charts, and consequences. But the best parenting tool is always the relationship with, not control over, the child.

By emphasizing parental self-regulation, strengthening parent-child connection, and welcoming emotions while setting limits, the Peaceful Parenting approach offers hope for parents who don’t want to punish but don’t know what else to do.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Laura Markham, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

Dr. Laura Markham is the author of the book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, which continues to rack up 5 star reviews on Amazon, attesting to the power of her relationship-based approach to parenting. Dr. Laura trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University. But she's also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Laura Markham is the founding editor of She is an author and receives royalties.

Non-financial: Laura Markham has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


  1. Discover how to transform your clients’ relationships with their children with preventive maintenance rituals, like purposeful roughhousing, special time, and scheduled meltdowns, that help children work through emotions and connect with parents
  2. Discover how to adapt mindfulness techniques like body scans and the PAUSE Button to help parents become more aware of their emotions in the moment, and ultimately rewire their brains for greater presence and empathy
  3. Discover how to empower clients to help their children want to cooperate by using emotion coaching to stay connected with their child even while setting limits


Peaceful Parenting Method

  • Self-Regulation
  • Connection
  • Emotion-Coaching

Impact of Peaceful Parenting on Children

  • Emotion Management
  • Responsibility
  • Ability to Apologize

Impact of Yelling on Children

  • Trains Child to Yell
  • Erodes Relationship with Child

Strategies for Self-Regulation

  • Pause Button: Stop, Drop, Breathe
  • Mantras
  • Monitor Your Mood
  • Journaling
  • Self-Care

Strategies for Connection

  • Empathy
  • Routines
  • Special Time
  • Play & Laughter

Strategies for Emotion-Coaching

  • Accept
  • Validate
  • Support

Research on Punishment

  • Behaviors
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Brain Development

Development of Self-Discipline & Resilience

  • Role of Choice
  • Role of Support & Repair

Alternatives to Punishment

  • Emotion Coaching
  • Empathy & Limits
  • Preventive Maintenance

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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