What is Positive Discipline and who is it for?

Positive Discipline is a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen, based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. The Positive Discipline model is aimed at developing mutually respectful relationships. It teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive.

Who is it for? Positive Discipline is for everyone! It is a sustainable parenting method, meaning it is applicable to children of any age, from birth through the teenage years. Because of its focus on respect, communication, and solutions, you will find many of the tools and concepts to be applicable to adult relationships as well.

How is Positive Discipline different from other parenting programs? Many other parenting programs focus only on the behavior (for tantrums do this; for whining do that). Even “positive” parenting methods often employ punishment (sometimes disguised as “consequences”) in an attempt to modify behavior. Positive Discipline addresses the belief behind the behavior, and eliminates all punishment and rewards in favor of encouragement. The primary goal of all children is to belong and feel significant. Positive Discipline helps us guide our children toward belonging and significance in ways that are supportive and constructive.