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August 29, 2008

"A Day of Positive Discipline" workshop outlines characteristics of effective discipline

Rene Giese Hackney of Parenting Playgroups Inc. will conduct an interactive, one-day workshop on positive discipline techniques, A Day of Positive Discipline, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

During the last five years, Hackney has lectured to thousands of parents, teachers and social workers in the Washington, D.C., area. She has provided workshops for parenting groups at the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Science Foundation and the Department of Labor.

In the morning session, Hackney will discuss the steps of discipline including “I” messages, empathy, positive intent, choices and consequences. In the afternoon, she will spend an hour on proactive techniques and an hour on managing tantrums, whining and power struggles.

This comprehensive class is designed for parents or anyone who works with children ages 2 through 12.

Tickets are $50 for a single person and $75 for a couple. To purchase tickets, e-mail or call (703) 922-0044.

Located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the Kimball Theatre is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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