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“Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Creative Ways to Handle Conflict with your Child”

With over 20 years of experience as an early childhood educator and consultant, author Stephen Spitalny will share practical and actionable steps on how to use conflict as an opportunity to enrich and strenghten our relationship with the young ones.

Are we worthy of imitation when handling conflict ourselves? How can we model the qualities and behavior we want our children to incorporate when faced with a challenging situation?

Watch Stephen’s previous talk about discipline here.

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Stephen’s Bio:
Stephen was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz (California) Waldorf School for 24 years. Steve’s mixed-age kindergarten included children from 3-years-old until they were ready for first grade.
Since the mid-1990’s, he has given workshops, lectures and courses on many themes for various institutions and groups including Rudolf Steiner College and various schools in Indonesia and China.
Steve is on the faculty of WISC (Waldorf Institute of Southern California), a former Board member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) as well as former editor of Gateways, the bi-annual newsletter of WECAN.
He currently is leading a Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Training in central China.
His many articles have been published in Gateways, Kindling and various other publications.
His first book, Connecting With Young Children: Educating the Will, was published in 2011. Conscious Parenting: A Guide to Living with Young Children and What’s the Story: Storytelling as a Path Toward Living Happily Ever After were published in 2015.
Steve also provides teacher and parent mentoring and coaching, as well as workshops, lectures and courses on various themes including:
Connecting With Young Children
Spiritual Parenting/Mindful Parenting
Creative Discipline
Conscious Parenting
Storytelling and Storymaking as Nourishment for the Young Child
The Senses as the Windows to Connection with the World
The World of the Young Child
Beyond Sticks and Carrots
Nurturing Imagination Through Creative Play
Circle Time with Young Children
Inner Work/Self Development for teachers and parents
Child Study
Cultural Diversity and Waldorf Education – Inclusiveness as a Practice
Read his blog at and check out his website
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