Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


This capstone project focuses on the benefits of conscious discipline for both the parent and the child. Conscious parenting is a type of parenting style that asks the parent to consciously look into the way they interact and respond to their child’s behavior. The relationship between the parent and child from two to five years old sets the foundation for a secure attachment between a parent and child during the middle childhood, teenage and early adulthood years. Conscious parenting is a parenting style that helps the parent understand the needs of their children to better help them regulate their emotions. It also involves the parent learning to regulate their own emotions to help the child regulate their emotions. Here I will be focusing on parents who have children who are toddler and preschool age. Ages 2-5 are ages where children are still learning how to communicate and having difficulty regulating their negative emotions. Conscious discipline helps parents teach emotional regulation through regulating their own emotions. Parents can teach their children emotional regulation and communication skills needed to be successful as they enter school and as friendships become more important. Conscious parenting can also improve the parent-child relationship which is an important buffering factor against adverse childhood experiences that can increase the risk for mental health disorders not only in childhood but also into adulthood. I will educate a group of preschool parents in Salinas, California on conscious discipline, the benefits and how it can be implemented into common parenting situations.