The Positive Discipline Parenting and Classroom Model is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Dr. Adler introduced the idea of parenting education to the United States in the 1920s. He advocated treating children respectfully and argued that doing things for children was not encouraging to them and resulted in behavioral problems. The classroom techniques, were introduced in Vienna in the early 1920s, were brought to the United States by Dr. Dreikurs in the late 1930s. Jane Nelson and Lynn Lott are the founders of Positive Discipline, creating a user friendly program for adults and children.
Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin, Kate Ortolano, Mary Hughes, Mike Brock, Lisa Larson and others, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Dr. Jane Nelsen is a worldwide keynote speaker and has appeared on Oprah. The philosophy approaches discipline with the belief that children seek belonging and significance. Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. The Positive Discipline Model encourages parents to learn through experiential activities and role playing.