The following resources have been compiled for families,  school staff and early childhood educators who may be seeking further information about effective discipline. A range of resources have been included but the list is not exhaustive. Since materials have been selected to represent differing perspectives, inclusion of a particular item on the list should not be taken as endorsement by KidsMatter.

Information specifically for parents and carers

Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network is a national website aimed at helping families care for children has a series of comprehensive and clearly written articles on effective discipline. The following short film clips demonstrating positive strategies for managing children are provided:

Parenting Research Centre
Parenting Research Centre provides access to high quality research and resources on parenting and raising children.

Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service
Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service provides information for parents and carers on a large variety of child health and development topics. The following information relevant to children and discipline is available:

ABC parenting
ABC parenting provides information on a range of health and well-being issues for parents of children from birth through to eight years of age. Useful information on managing children’s behaviour is available.

Information in languages other than English

Australian Childhood Foundation
The Australian Childhood Foundation provides accessible parent-friendly information that promotes positive parent-child relationships and is available in an extensive range of languages.

The purposes of discipline: Within a whole-school approach

Rogers, B. (2006). The purposes of discipline: Within a whole-school approach. Classroom, 7, 32-33. This brief article introduces a whole-school approach to discipline. Articles in Classroom magazine can be freely accessed through libraries that subscribe to the Australian Education Index database

Books and resources for parents and carers

  • Every parent: A positive approach to children’s behaviour.M. Sanders. (2004), Penguin Group Australia Written by an Australian parenting expert, this comprehensive book provides advice on how to manage common behavioural problems. 
  • A handbook for happy families: A practical and fun-filled guide to managing children’s behaviour. J. Irvine. (2002). Sydney, NSW: Finch Publishing.This book provides practical advice and strategies for managing children’s behaviour. The author discusses unique challenges relevant to step parents, single parents, gay and lesbian parents, parents of twins and grandparents. 
  • 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2 – 12By T. W. Phelan. (2003). Glen Ellyn, IL: Parent Magic. This is a concise book that outlines a three step process for controlling obnoxious behaviour, encouraging good behaviour, and strengthening your relationship with children.
  • Tricky kids.  A. Fuller. (2007). Finch Publishing. This is an informative and easy to read book for all the adults in kids’ lives. It helps adults view children’s challenging behaviour in ways that lead to more positive outcomes for everyone involved. 
  • Why won’t my child do as I say? Practical strategies to make discipline simple. M. Grose (2003). Balnarring Vic: Michael Grose Presentations Pty Ltd. This CD presentation outlines simple strategies for effective discipline. Other parenting resources by Michael Grose, including an electronic book that provides useful tips on effective communication with children.
  • Children are people too: A parent’s guide to young children’s behaviour (4th edition).  By L. Porter. (2005). Bowden, SA: East Street Publications. This book recommends teaching children positive behaviours and teaching them to act with consideration as opposed to punishing bad behaviours.

Books for school staff

  • Behaviour recovery (2nd edition).  B. Rogers. (2003). Mulgrave, VIC: ACER Press. This is a practical book that provides step by step advice for working with disruptive children in primary schools and ideas on how to help children develop positive behaviour. 
  • Classroom discipline and management: An Australasian perspective (2nd edition).  C. H. Edwards & V. Watts. (2008). Milton, QLD: John Wiley and Sons.This book is designed to help teaching staff explore various models of classroom discipline and to develop effective approaches to classroom management.
  • Inviting positive classroom discipline. W. Purkey & D. Strahan. (2005). South Melbourne, VIC: Pearson’s Education Australia. This is book has numerous practical ideas and strategies for preventing discipline problems and creating a positive school culture.
  • Kids behaving badly: Teaching strategies for classroom behaviour. By E. Little. (2003). Melbourne, VIC: Pearson Education. Written by an Australian Psychologist, this resource provides useful and practical strategies for managing students’ behaviour and creating a positive classroom atmosphere.
  • Student behaviours: Theory and practice for teachers (3rd edition).  Porter. (2006). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin. This resource provides an overview of major theories of behaviour management as well as practical strategies for dealing constructively with disruptive behaviours. 

Books for early childhood educators

  • Building Better Behaviour in the Early Years, by Chris Dukes and Maggie Smith. This book explores how to create a calm yet stimulating positive atmosphere for children, including developing a team-based approach, working with parents, and how to observe and assess good behaviour.
  • Young Children’s Behaviour: Practical Approaches for Caregivers and Teachers (3rd edn.), by Louise Porter. This book provides practical strategies to promote children’s skill development, increase their willingness to cooperate and safeguard their emotional needs.
  • Learning Positive Behaviour through Educator-Child Relationships, by Anne Stonehouse and Anne Kennedy. This book addresses challenging behaviours and the ways educators support children’s learning within the broader context of learning about how to get along well with others.
  • Everyday Learning about Promoting Positive Behaviour by Robyn Dolby. The purpose of this book is to explain how parents can lead and provide structure for their children knowing how to follow and join in with their childr’s interests.