Episode 14: Certified Trainer in Conscious Discipline. Ida Bauer

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“When you bring your best to a situation, the outcome is always better and conscious discipline teaches us how to do that.”

The purpose of the Student Fitness Experts Podcast series is to empower and educate anyone that works with kids, in a way that benefits the whole child to become successful, strong, and empowered young adults. In this episode of the SFE Podcast, Karen Gilbert, alongside her co-host, Farah Zweig, interviewed a Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor, Ida Bauer.

Ida Bauer, in today’s podcast, talks about “Conscious Discipline” and how it can help us handle child behavior fruitfully. Ida tells us that by controlling our emotional responses, we can positively bring a change in the child’s behavior by working through the feelings the child is having, together. She talks about how conscious discipline helps us be on the same side as the parent and gets the best for the child. She makes us understand that conscious discipline is all about safety, connection and problem-solving and that nothing is right for everybody.

Tune in to learn how you can use conscious discipline with your kids and set them up for ultimate success.

About the Guest:

Ida Bauer has over 30 years of experience in early childhood education, including her work as director of a campus- based early learning center and as a certified trainer in conscious discipline. She ran into this discipline accidentally and got totally into it after getting to know more about it. She had teachers who were very frustrated with children and brought them to her room so she could do something for them. She said she could perhaps do something to mitigate their behavior but not change it then. After her retirement, she went to Orlando, Florida to attend a workshop but couldn’t attend it. As that had failed, she attended another workshop and that happened to strike a resonant chord with her soul. So, she went on to attend the follow-up workshop of that session and learned that both the sessions were on conscious discipline. Ida believes that you can never have enough personal growth and continues her learning journey despite having given up her certification.


  • [00:47] About Ida Bauer, a snippet of her Journey
  • [02:11]  Ida, on her personal journey
  • [02:47]  Her retirement from the university she had been working with
  • [06:12]  The “I Love You” rituals
  • [08:33]  An example of what the “I Love You” ritual is
  • [10:22]  How Conscious Discipline helps adults
  • [10:52]  The three brain states
  • [13:56]  How Ida advices parents
  • [16:40]  Step One to implementing conscious discipline 
  • [17:14]  The three types of relationships 
  • [17:59]  What “power equal” means
  • [22:59]  Special advice to coaches amid the pandemic
  • [27:54]  Dealing with middle/ high school students
  • [32:49]  Handling difficult situations
  • [37:30]  What fearlessness is to Ida
  • [38:59]  Traits or characteristics in coaches that made a difference
  • [39:55]  People who had an impact on Ida’s life
  • [40:44]  Role of fitness in Ida’s life
  • [43:57]  Final advice to coaches, parents and instructors amid the pandemic
  • [45:29]  Contact Ida


“Conscious discipline is based on personal connection.”

“What I found was that conscious discipline was as much or more about adults than about the children.”

“It teaches us first to recognise what state we are in, because the only skill we have in each state is the skill of the state we are in.”

“When the need is met, the behavior disappears.”

“Power equal says we both have wants and desires. Sometimes they’re met, sometimes they’re not and we have to help each other work out the difference.”

“The real misconception is that learning has to be painful.”

“When you bring your best to a situation, the outcome is always better and conscious discipline teaches us how to do that.”

Resources mentioned:


  1. “There’s Gotta Be a Better Way: Discipline That Works!” by Dr. Becky Bailey
  2. “Conscious Discipline- Building Resilient Classrooms” by Dr. Becky Bailey

YouTube Channel:

  1. “Conscious Discipline” by Dr. Becky Bailey

Connect with Ida:

E-mail : ibauer@uccs.edu

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