Series Details

Our 6 week series teaches you everything you need to be able to implement Positive Discipline in your home. Each week you will learn and try out methodologies and tools to use with your families. There are opportunities to share your own specific challenges and get suggestions on how to work through them. By coming back each week you will deepen your understanding of Positive Discipline and gain confidence in using it with your family. Topics covered include - Encouragement vs. Praise, Asking vs. Telling, The Belief Behind the Behavior and much more.

Upcoming Series

Class Location:

Valley Beth Shalom

15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

(Open to the public)

Series Dates and Times*:

Tue Feb 26 - 9:30-11:30

Tue Mar 5 - 9:30-11:30am

Tue Mar 12 - 9:30-11:30am

Tue Mar 19 - 7:00-9:00pm (Co-Parents Invited to attend)

Tue Mar 26 - 9:30-11:30am

Tue Apr 2 - 9:30-11:30am

*This is a series, no drop-ins and no prorated rates.

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Parenting Series FAQ

Why take a class when I can read the book?


Parenting is a full contact sport. I am guessing that if you are interested in this series you have already read some books, or at least purchased them, you have read a few articles and watched 3 minute videos all about the kind of parenting you would like to implement. But have you adopted any of those ideas with your family on a regular basis?

Here are some benefits you get from participating in the series that you can’t get from just reading the book:

  • Firsthand experience with learning, understanding and trying out Positive Discipline strategies.
  • Weekly accountability in those learned strategies.
  • The ability to bring specific challenges to the group in order to workshop them and come up with possible solutions to try.
  • Connections with likeminded parents who will serve as a support in future parenting challenges and victories.
  • Access to a private group of past series participants with the ability to address specific challenges in a safe space as they arise beyond the tenure of the series.
  • - And much more…

Why does my partner/co-parent need to take the series with me?


I firmly believe that there is a greater chance for continued implementation and success when both parents participate in the series. By having both parents listen and learn together, it creates a shared language for them to tackle parenting as a team. Both participants are also hearing the same information at the same time, rather than a game of telephone which might lose some salient points when being passed along from one participant to the non-participant. Nobody who participates is forced to share their personal experiences or back stories. All we ask is that you join with an open mind to seeing a different way of parenting. 

I took a mommy and me class – how is this different?


I like to think of this series as the next step in your parenting journey. This is the series you take when your baby becomes a “kid”. Now that you have successfully kept your child alive for long enough for them to become mobile, communicative and independent you have to figure out how to help them gain the skills to be positive contributors to the greater community. 

When is the right time to take this series?


There is no “wrong time” to learn Positive Discipline. The thinking behind this practice is applicable in all human communication, whether child or adult. I also believe that Positive Discipline is a practice. The longer we do it, the better we are at it. Same goes for our children, taking this approach early, potentially removes the need for harder interactions later. That isn’t to say that there is a time that’s too late. The benefit of taking on this practice with older children is that you can engage in meaningful conversations with them about the approach and why you think it’s worthwhile. If pushed to choose, I would say this is the right class to take once your child is over a year old. Like I said in the previous question it’s for when your “baby” becomes a “kid”.

What do past participants say about your series?


“I love this approach because it fosters mutual respect in families, and Merav is such a knowledgeable and nonjudgmental guide in the positive discipline philosophy.”

“There are so many baby classes but not a lot of classes for the next steps. These are the important years we are shaping our children into humans.”

“It beats just reading a book on your own and hearing your insights as well as those of other parents is essential. We're not alone!”

“I think I'm much more conscientious of how I am interacting with my kids and am working hard to see things from their perspective, not just my own.”