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Positive Discipline: The First Three Years, Revised and Updated EditionFrom Infant to Toddler--Laying the Foundation for Raising a Capable, Confident Child
By Cheryl Erwin, Jane Nelsen, and Roslyn Ann Duffy

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If there are children in your life, there will undoubtedly be times when you have questions. Whether you're a parent or a professional, you've probably found yourself wondering:

  • Why do children do that?
  • How do I build a lasting, respectful relationship with my child?
  • How do I go beyond dealing with misbehavior to nurture a competent, capable, happy young adult?
  • How will I know that I'm doing the right thing, for me and for my child?
  • How do I help my child cope with depression, bullying, homework and academics, and other challenges in life?

If these or similar questions concern you, you've come to the right place. Cheryl Erwin is a licensed marriage and family therapist who provides parent coaching, parent education, and professional training to help you develop both wisdom and skill. Cheryl's approach is based on the work of Alfred Adler and the bestselling ‘Positive Discipline’ books Cheryl co-authored with Jane Nelsen, and rests on solid evidence and experience. Through personal coaching, customized workshops, and professional training, you can learn to parent and work with children with confidence and joy.


How Cheryl Can Help You

Cheryl provides parent coaching and training, individual and couples therapy and coaching, and support for personal growth and family relationships. Cheryl is also available for conference keynotes and workshops, and professional development training for teachers, social workers, therapists, and others interested in family health and wellness. Cheryl has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education, adolescent development, understanding children’s behavior, and family relationships.

Building strong relationships between parents and children

Brandi Schlossberg, Health Source writer.

7:06 p.m. PDT June 29, 2015

From dolls and coloring books to stuffed animals and computer games, infants and toddlers almost always seem to be reaching for a new toy to occupy their attention. However, despite the fun and benefits these items may bring, there is something far more important parents can give their young children — a consistent, loving connection. According to an aspect of psychology called attachment theory, the relationship between babies and their parents is of paramount importance when it comes to successful social and emotional development.

"Attachment is the term researchers use to describe the relationship an infant forms with parents and caregivers," said Cheryl Erwin, a Reno-based licensed marriage and family therapist and coauthor of "Positive Discipline: The First Three Years." "Attachment forms the foundation for all of a child's really important early learning, from trust to delayed gratification to social and emotional skills...


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Is There A Right Way To Discipline A Child?

On September 24, 2014, KNPR in Las Vegas presented a radio show featuring guests Cheryl Erwin, Marriage and Family Therapist, Andrew Freeman, Assistant Professor at UNLV's Department of Psychology, and Bradley Donohue, Director of Family Research and Services and a Professor at UNLV's Department of Psychology.

In this 30 minute broadcast, the panel discusses the questions and issues, the behaviorial theories and the ethical arguments concerning corporal punishment.


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Introduction to Positive Discipline: How to Raise Remarkable Kids


This online series is an introduction to Positive Discipline. The course offers information on eleven topics covering the basic foundation of Positive Discipline and how these practices are backed by latest brain and child development science. Each topic is delivered via videos (under 5 mins each), showing you real parents and children practicing the tools. It's also chock full of resources and action plans. You can spend as much or as little time as you have diving into the material. (We know every spare minute is precious as a parent.)

Information for 2 different age groups is offered: Toddler & Preschooler (Infant and Waddler series coming soon).

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On the Radio

Listen to Cheryl's commentary on parenting weekly at 5:30 and 7:30 KUNR-FM (88.7), Reno NV. Listen to past broadcasts at KUNR's Web site or by clicking the Radio link at the top of this page.

Parent Coaching and Support

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Cheryl offers parent coaching designed to help you understand the beliefs behind your child’s behavior and to find effective solutions. Receive relaxed, confidential Parent Coaching from the privacy of your own home when it’s convenient for you, using your computer, tablet, or even your smartphone. A variety of online conferencing apps are available, including Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom.

Professional Development Training

Professional Services

Cheryl can provide training and workshops for your school, staff, or organization. Credit is available through the Nevada Registry. Training sessions can be tailored for therapists, social workers, teachers, and other professional groups. The workshops are relaxed, friendly, and productive. Use the above link to make your inquiry.

Conference Keynote Speaking

Workshops, seminars

Cheryl is available to provide keynote speeches for conferences, workshops and seminars. Presentations can be tailored for therapists, social workers, teachers, and other professional groups and gatherings.


Cheryl's Publications

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Cheryl Erwin is the author and coauthor of several best selling parenting books. Most titles are available in paperback and are available for downloading onto your Kindle or favorite tablet reader.

Cheryl also has several articles published online.

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