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Play Nicely: The Healthy Discipline Program

Assume you see one young child hit another. What are you going to do?

Why is education about discipline important?  Inappropriate discipline and early childhood aggression are two of the strongest predictors of violence later in life.  In addition to violence, exposure to inappropriate discipline increases a child's risk for many other physical and mental health problems later in life.  Rather than waiting for problems to surface, it would be best for all parents to know healthy ways to discipline when children are young.    

What is Play Nicely?  Play Nicely gives parents 20 options to respond to a child with challenging behavior, efficiently teaching parents that some options are better than others.  The program is available in both English and Spanish and has separate versions for parents, teachers, and health care professionals. The program is brief; it lasts 50 minutes, yet offers results in as few as five to ten minutes!   

Play Nicely works!  Multiple studies confirm that Play Nicely is effective.

   After viewing 5-10 minutes of the program, parents

   After viewing the program, health care providers

How can I see Play NicelyTM?  

To view Play NicelyTM on a computer for FREE, go to
English Version
Spanish Version

Play Nicely:  The Healthy Discipline Handbook.   The handbook is a printed book on high-quality paper with a tabbed page for each of the 20 discipline options. Click here to learn more about this valuable resource.  


Last Edited: January 12, 2016