Positive Discipline

"Every day, this method

 helps both the children

and adults in our family

share in the joys

and responsibilities

of being a member

of our home community."

- Claudia , Abintra Parent


Emi Canahuati: Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator

Emi Canahuati is a certified sexuality educator and a certified Positive Discipline educator. She is the founder of Talk and Thrive

Education, LLC in which she facilitates workshops on Positive Discipline and parent-child communication around sexuality. Emi has a Masters Degree in Counseling and has been an educator for over 18 years. She lives in Nashville with her 10-year-old daughter and her husband Pete. Emi has been an Abintra parent since 2011.

Molly Henry: Certified Positive Discipline Trainer

Molly Henry is Abintra's Human Growth & Development and Parent Program Coordinator (molly.henry@abintra.org). 

Molly is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.  She is also a mother of two with a deep passion for parenting.


Molly has led Positive Discipline classes for parents and teachers throughout Middle Tennessee since 2001.  Molly is also available to Abintra parents for individual coaching if a family is interested in working on specific issues.

Abintra Parent Education: Building Your Toolbox


Children don't arrive in parents' lives with a handbook or an owner's manual.  Throughout a child's life, parents have to find resources to help them become the best parents they can be.  With the help of Positive Discipline methodology, Abintra staff and faculty help parents craft positive, productive responses to their child or children throughout all stages of development.  


Using Positive Discipline as a consistent tool, Abintra provides adult caregivers – guides, administrators, and parents – with a common language and a common framework to use with children.  Positive Discipline classes, which are offered throughout the year and address a variety of stages of childhood development, give parents a better understanding of the classroom language at Abintra, provide tools for effective messaging, and build strong patterns of communication within families.

Why Positive Discipline?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Like Montessori education, Positive Discipline is based on respect and trust in the child.  Positive Discipline equips parents with practical parenting tools, including using limited choices, encouragement and positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors, use of natural consequences to teach lessons, and the search for solutions through community or family meetings.  This discipline philosophy is based largely on the principles developed by Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikers, which have been explained thoroughly in a series of books by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D. Positive Discipline is part of the fabric of daily life at Abintra, and is carried out by all staff members through very practical means.