Join us this summer 
for the first online series of 
CARING DISCIPLINE for only $100!
Scholarships are available,
but space is limited. Register today!

  • BIG NEWS! PSC will offer a 5-week parenting series online this summer at a discounted rate of $100! The class will be held on Tuesday evenings, June 16 - July 14, 2020 from 7:00 - 8:30 PDT with Amy Williams. Click here to register!

  • We know parents and children are struggling with the disruptions to daily life, and we encourage you to listen to our free podcast of an interview with our founder, JoAnne Nordling, where she shares some tips from the Caring Discipline curriculum.

  • The Caring Discipline, 5th edition book is available from Powell's here or Amazon here. The 4th edition book, Taking Charge, is available for eReaders for only $2.99 on Amazon here!​​

  • Advice from our teachers:

    • ​Remember inner-reality...let your child express their emotion and acknowledge it. "I miss my friends" or "I'm scared about the virus.” These expressions from the child would receive a reply from the parent of: “You are missing your friends, aren’t you?” or “You are feeling scared. Do you want to talk about it?”

    • PAANT. Paying attention to your child at neutral times. Let your child know with a smile or wink or quick hug that you love them no matter what they do. Since you will likely see more self-indulgent behaviors during this stressful time, you will want to increase the number of times during the day that you deliver a “neutral-time” attention to your child. See if you can increase the number of times during the day that you deliver a neutral-time attention to your child…a wiggle of their foot under the dinner table, a tousle of their hair as you walk through the room or a kiss on the top of their head.

    • Remember your child will take cues from you on how to handle this situation. Show them by example that you are handling this and keeping informed and helping others as you are able.  

    • Try to establish routine and structure to your child's daily life. This will help in providing a feeling of security and safety as kids will know what to expect. 

  • If you're able, please make a donation to keep Parent Support Center afloat. While we are unable to offer classes, our overhead of maintaining a small business will remain. Your support of non-profits during this difficult time will ensure that we can continue offering support to parents and children when this is over.

Our courses help you feel more confident and calm as a parent, educator or caregiver.
Learn the theory and research, and walk away with loads of practical tools! 
Appropriate for children ages 2-18.

What do you do when a child refuses to go to bed or get out the door in the morning? Sasses you? Refuses to mind? Threatens and hurts other children?  Refuses to talk to you? Avoids doing assigned schoolwork and chores? Whines and complains? Constantly interrupts? Pouts and sulks? Bosses you?  Smokes, cuts classes? Withdraws emotionally? Do you have a child you suspect has ADHD?

How We Help:

We offer training, workshops, materials, resources, inspiration and ongoing support to parents and educators byproviding

  • Practical tools and skills based on evidence-informed curriculum

  • Tools to not sabotage your discipline efforts

  • Learn how to show unconditional love

  • Identify the four types of misbehaviors and learn caring ways to correct them

  • Techniques to build children's emotional intelligence & self-esteem

  • Discuss, brainstorm, and laugh with other parents and educators struggling through similar issues -- it takes a village!

In addition to:

  • Avoid power struggles

  • Defuse a child's anger and prevent violent behaviors

  • Teach children to settle their own disputes

  • Set healthy limits

  • Strengthen and enrich adult-child relationship

  • Teach children to act responsibly

  • Open two-way communication with the child's inner self

  • Nurture healthy emotional growth and high self-esteem

  • Create a cooperative atmosphere in the home and classroom

Our Goals
  • Strengthen families so that they thrive with research-based tools

  • Strengthen classroom and day care learning environments

  • Raise emotional intelligence, self-esteem and feelings of competency in both children and adults

  • Teach effective and caring methods of discipline

  • Reduce stress levels for children, parents, and teachers

  • Create home and school environments which encourage children to mature towards becoming the very best they are capable of becoming

  • Prevent child abuse

Listen to a free podcast covering the curriculum! 

You can make a difference for families who cannot afford to pay for a class. Click here to donate!

CONTACT PARENT SUPPORT CENTER
LOCATIONS:  Classes are held around Portland and Salem
EMAIL: pscpdx@gmail.com
SCHOLARSHIPS: We are committed to serving every family who wants to participate. Please email if the regular fee is at all going to be a stretch for your family.