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None of us are born knowing how to parent, but we all understand what it’s like to be a child. In fact, many of our own parenting views stem from childhood experiences.  If you’re like most of us, we take the best of our childhoods and look to create our own parenting styles.


Like any good skill, we believe parenting is one that can be developed and strengthened through
knowledge, experience, and relationships.

Positive Discipline Community Resources Central Coast is co-creating a community of parents embracing new information and putting the knowledge into practice at home.  Our classes, books and online resources are all geared toward helping you and your child work more cooperatively and respectfully.

Here’s what Positive Discipline can offer you:
  • Parenting strategies that give you more peace and confidence, even in the middle of a meltdown

  • A way to develop stronger connections with children

  • Tools to manage big feelings of our children and ourselves

  • Ways to build children’s self-esteem and guide them to make good decisions for themselves, even when no one else is looking

  • An approach that leads to long lasting joy and ease with children


Getting to this place is possible. You already have what it takes. Together, we can deepen our understanding of our children and practice effective tools to guide and encourage them.

PD Research and Families
Local Impact on Central Coast Families

PDCR has conducted numerous studies to understand how to best serve our community and continually improve our programs.  We’ve learned immensely from the data collected immediately after our classes and trainings.  We’ve also conducted longitudinal studies to understand how Positive Discipline strengthens families years after its initial implementation. Read more on our Benefits and Results page.

National Impact

More formalized studies about Positive Discipline are still underway, but programs that use Adlerian theories and ‘authoritative’ parenting styles (kind and firm without punishment or rewards) have shown to be effective in positively changing both relationships and behaviors. In a study of Adlerian parent education classes for parents of teens, Stanley (1978) found that parents engaged in more problem-solving with their teens instead of dominating the decision-making process.


Numerous studies show that teens who perceive their parents as both kind (respectful and compassionate) and firm (establishing limits and using following through) are at lower risk for substance abuse and engaging in violence, and those teens tended to have a later onset of sexual activity (Aquilino, 2001; Baumrind, 1991; Jackson et al, 1998; Simons, Morton et al., 2001).  Other studies have correlated teens’ perceptions of their parents’ kind and firm (rather than punitive or permissive) parenting style with improved academic performance (Cohen, 1997; Deslandes, 1997; Dornbusch et al., 1987; Lam, 1997).


Ready to get started?

Our signature parenting program focuses on preschoolers (0-5 years), school-aged children (5-12 years), and teens.  We also provide online resources and parenting groups to support your journey.  Look below at our parenting resources:



Get in-person experience and support.  Our hands-on experiential approach gives you time to learn with other parents.


Tip Sheets in English and Spanish on some of our most popular topics including tantrums, mealtimes, routines, and more.


Preventing and ending bullying is a dire need for children/youth and parents alike. Learn how to address this complex issue with your children.


Sometimes we all need to talk to someone directly, so contact us to find out how we can help.  Email us at or call 831-288-0088.

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